Category Archives: Pro Bono Partnership

The Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: A Title Conundrum

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

I often wonder if it is productive to try to fashion a catchy title for a post, particularly when you could be the only person who thinks it is catchy. This one’s a stretch. The driver for this title is … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: The ‘duty to read’

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

If you have attended one of the workshops presented by Pro Bono Partnership that includes a discussion on nonprofit governance, you likely have heard us talk about the three legal duties of nonprofit trustees and officers. In New Jersey, these … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Raising Unrestricted Revenue

Posted on by Nancy Eberhardt, Pro Bono Partnership

Are you tired of endless grant applications, expenditure tracking, report writing? Do you know that you have great services and could probably market more great services or products through a natural expansion of your programs? Are you thinking it would just … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Sorting through the dreaded 501c3 reporting obligations

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

Paperwork. Reporting requirements. I know. This isn’t a very captivating topic. But many tasks that nonprofits need to attend to aren’t captivating. But this is an important topic, one that if ignored could put your nonprofit at significant risk of … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Board Performance and Inertia

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen

I tend to be uncomfortable with change. I know I am not alone. People’s resistance to change has spawned many different uses for the word “inertia” that have nothing to do with physics. There are cognitive inertia, business inertia, organizational … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: How to Spot and Address Conflicts of Interest in the Board Room

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We’ve all seen the headlines about possible conflicts of interest in the news lately, in stories of national interest and importance.  The topic is also important for all nonprofits to understand and address properly, regardless of whether those organizations’ activities … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Lawyers Giving Back to Their Communities

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

  Volunteers help make our communities stronger and nicer places to live. Their extraordinary efforts are the impetus for National Volunteer Week, celebrated this week, April 23-29, a time to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Keeping Your House in Order

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As noted in Allison Trimarco’s February post, these are interesting times, replete with significant issues. To borrow some phrasing from Kipling, if you can stay focused on your mission, when all around you there is challenge and change, you will … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Does Your Organization Meet the Public Support Test? 

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Where Funding Comes From Matters Your nonprofit is pretty new and still small. It’s been operating on about $5,000 a year. Now a funder wants to give you a grant for $20,000. Or, it’s a mature charity, but an offer … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Seven Simple Suggestions for Making Your Lawyer Happy (cont.)

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Last month, I offered you the first four of my seven tips for making a lawyer happy. Here are the final three. Five: If You Want to Schedule a Call, Please Suggest Some Days and Time.  Some nonprofits will drop … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: 7 Simple Suggestions for Making Your Lawyer Happy 

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

The New Jersey office of Pro Bono Partnership in 2015 helped 299 nonprofit clients with 654 formal projects and 788 resource calls. As we closed out 2016, we were well on the way to shattering those numbers, with the same … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Here’s an Election that Isn’t Contentious

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

One of the questions we ask as part of our screening process for new nonprofit clients is whether the organization engages, or plans to engage, in any legislative, political, or advocacy activities. If so, we would likely recommend that the … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Is Spinning Just Perspiring on a Bike?

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

I walked past the event calendar in my gym recently and was momentarily surprised to find that there are actually classes that teach spinning. Who knew? I did regain focus when I saw all those bicycle riders going nowhere. Often … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Politics and Public Charities Don’t Mix

Posted on by Nancy Eberhardt, Pro Bono Partnership

Thomas Mann famously said that “Everything is politics,” and in some senses, he was correct.  But 501(c)(3) organizations must avoid election-related political activity at all costs. With a fiercely-contested national election campaign underway, and state and local races heating up, … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Board Engagement — When Missing Lunch is a Good Sign

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership is served a regular diet of questions about nonprofit board roles and responsibilities and about developing an effective board. We can help explain the legal niceties that apply to the first topic, and provide some practical ideas … Continue reading

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