Nonprofits & Sarbanes-Oxley

Nonprofit Alert: Follow the Government’s Regs!

Nonprofit Alert: Follow the Government’s Regs!

By Eugene Fram

Stakeholders of every nonprofit want their board members and managers to be passionate about the organization’s mission. However, in the current century, directors and managers must navigate a regulatory environment that can lead to substantial personal liabilities and possibly impair their own reputations and that of the organization.

For example, I recently read about a director of a nonprofit who was fined $10,000 by the IRS for failure to vote “no” on a proposed $2 million building contract between the organization and his building firm. The logic behind the fine appears to be a violation of the Intermediate Sanctions Act, Section 4958 of the IRS Code. (more…)