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Accountability, Transparency and Disclosures

Guidestar: Paper-Thin Transparency

IRS Charitable Contributions: Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements (.pdf)

IRS: Exempt Organization Public Disclosure and Availability Requirements

Lawyers Clearing House: Legal Assessment Program

National Council of Nonprofits (NCN): Financial Transparency

NCN: Public Disclosure Requirements for Nonprofits


Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

Grant Space: What are Nonprofit Bylaws?

Harbor Compliance: Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Harbor Compliance: Nonprofit Bylaws Template

Hurwit & Associates: Sample Nonprofit Bylaw Provision: Indemnification

Lawyers Clearing House: Legal Referral Program


Code of Ethics

Guidestar: How Ethical is Your Nonprofit Organization?

NCN: Document Retention Policies

NCN: Ethics and Accountability for Nonprofits

NCN: Whistleblower Protections for Nonprofits


Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship Directory

MNN: The What, Why and How of Fiscal Sponsorship

TSNE MissionWorks: Fiscal Sponsorship


Insurance and Risk Management

Free Management Library: Risk Management, Disaster Planning and Protecting Against Crime

NCN: Investment Policies for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC): Insurance FAQ

NRMC: Risk and Risk Management FAQ


Pro Bono and Reduced Fee Legal Assistance for Nonprofits

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Lawyers Clearinghouse: Pro Bono with Impact

NCN: Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers



Form 990 Online

Guidestar: Form 990 FAQs

IRS Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits


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