The Latest Trend In Hiding Compensation Within The Nonprofit Sector

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There’s a thought-provoking article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey in the 1/17/2020 edition of the Washington Post that examines a growing trend among evangelical organizations to shift from a traditional nonprofit status to what the IRS defines as a “Church” status. The impetus for this is a desire to obfuscate executive leadership compensation. While both status allow donors to deduct charitable gifts, the Church option provides the ability to hide compensation while …

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A Decision Is Not Always The Same Thing As Resolution

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The beleaguered Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) continues to dodge PR blows related to an executive leadership decision to dismiss three musicians. It turns out, the organization scheduled an emergency session of the full board that took place on Tuesday, 12/3/2019. While the musician dismissals were a primary focus, the more pressing issue the full board needed to face was the accusation by GTMF Music Director, Donald Runnicles, that the organization’s …

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A Matter Of Governance At The Grand Teton Music Festival

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Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, a public relations disaster started brewing at the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF). In a nutshell, the festival’s President and CEO, Andrew Palmer Todd, decided to fire a trio of long-time musicians for non-artistic reasons. The decision has been met with an enormous amount of dissatisfaction from festival musicians, patrons, and donors. That discontent quickly snowballed into a host of local, national, and international news outlets …

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What Are Your Favorite Robert’s Rules Resources?

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I recently joined a board of directors and have been tasked with updating the organization’s Robert’s Rules of Order guideline. My plan is move from the existing text-heavy document (that no one reads or follows) to something that utilizes a user-friendly visual approach. It’s been at least seven years since I’ve taken a deep dive into Robert’s Rules resources. As such, I’m curious to know which resources are your favorites. Take …

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I’ll Take The Job Description Turducken On Rye To-Go Please

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It’s no secret nonprofit performing arts admins are overworked and underpaid. Fortunately, the issue is starting to get more attention but that hasn’t done much to curtail what I’ve noticed as a growing trend of stuffing an increasing amount of duties and responsibilities into single positions. Traditionally, you’ll find something resembling the following three-tiered structure at most arts orgs: Director = Mid to late career, $$$ pay, runs a department, determines …

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