Must a nonprofit board always take action through a directors’ meeting? May the board circulate an email instead, asking for responsive votes from the directors? What if some directors attend a board meeting and vote there, while other directors email their vote on the same matter? These are common questions asked by nonprofit directors. Thankfully, the answers are clear.
Rules matter. For nonprofits, bylaws contain their internal governing rules. Viewing a nonprofit as a legal "person," the bylaws effectively function as its "skeleton" -- internally determining how the nonprofit should "move" in its governance and key aspects of its operations.
Is your organization required to file an IRS Form 990 return? Except for churches, other religious institutions, and their closely related organizations, all tax-exempt organizations must file one of three versions of the Form 990 information return. No such organization is too small for the IRS! Failure to file Form 990s for three consecutive years will result in automatic revocation of tax-exempt status. So make sure you have the necessary information to fulfill this important filing requirement.