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Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 10:50 AM
Response to Reply #18
19. Check the by-laws
The ED serves at the 'pleasure of the Board'. If there is no mechanism to address the issue, they're putting themselves at risk personally. And if they think their safe, they better contact their attorneys for advice or resign their position.
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  -Anybody familiar with regs for non-profit boards, in terms of public info? Kali  Dec-06-06 09:55 AM   #0 
  - Check your state law  JDPriestly   Dec-06-06 09:56 AM   #1 
  - thanks, I was being lazy  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:16 AM   #5 
  - Are you looking for information or trying to decide what you need to disclose?  JDPriestly   Dec-06-06 09:58 AM   #2 
  - Both, frankly.  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:22 AM   #8 
  - Are you a member, Board member, or staff?  Norquist Nemesis   Dec-06-06 10:08 AM   #3 
  - The specific problem is WITH the executive director.  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:16 AM   #4 
     - god - I've been there. it sucks. do you work there?  ourbluenation   Dec-06-06 10:22 AM   #9 
     - ha - if you counted up the hours I have put into this over the last 4 years I should be  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:34 AM   #16 
     - Been there.  Norquist Nemesis   Dec-06-06 10:31 AM   #13 
     - *I* have access to most of the current Board now.  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:44 AM   #18 
        - Check the by-laws  Norquist Nemesis   Dec-06-06 10:50 AM   #19 
        - ...  Kali   Dec-06-06 11:24 AM   #27 
        - they dont have to allow comments from the public so let that one go.  ourbluenation   Dec-06-06 10:59 AM   #21 
           - The former GM (spending more time with the family now) DID  Kali   Dec-06-06 11:29 AM   #31 
     - That's not right  OzarkDem   Dec-06-06 11:26 AM   #29 
        - Of course board access is limited.  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:30 AM   #33 
        - Yes they have to hold public meetings, but you are right they don't "have" to take comment.  Kali   Dec-06-06 11:39 AM   #38 
        - There is SO MUCH not right with this organization. We tackle it bit by bit  Kali   Dec-06-06 11:34 AM   #35 
           - That's how boards work - majority rules. NT  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:36 AM   #37 
              - This is after they stole the "majority". This was a board that was formerly  Kali   Dec-06-06 11:45 AM   #39 
                 - Every board I've ever known personally has been self elected.  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:55 AM   #40 
                    - it is when the former bylaws state that they can only be changed  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:32 PM   #51 
                       - Without seeing the bylaws, it would be impossible to know if they  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:35 PM   #54 
  - A copy of their by-laws would be helpful  DoYouEverWonder   Dec-06-06 10:20 AM   #6 
  - They list the names only of the BoD, and approved minutes on their  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:56 AM   #20 
     - Something to consider  OzarkDem   Dec-06-06 11:29 AM   #32 
     - sent you a PM  Kali   Dec-06-06 11:56 AM   #41 
     - What IS the grievance procedure?  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:31 AM   #34 
        - I'll have to get that to you later, suffice to say it really is not useful.  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:00 PM   #42 
           - But since you are a volunteer (aren't you??) that would cover you.  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:18 PM   #49 
              - They have decreed that Board members are a seperate entity form the  Kali   Dec-06-06 02:51 PM   #61 
  - If it's a private non profit then their board presence is outlayed in their  ourbluenation   Dec-06-06 10:21 AM   #7 
  - That is exactly the problem, the only address is for the location of the entity itself.  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:29 AM   #11 
     - If you know who the chair is you could probably find out where he or she  ourbluenation   Dec-06-06 10:30 AM   #12 
     - Oh of course, but what I am trying to ascertain is if they are REQUIRED in any way to actually  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:02 PM   #43 
        - Unlikely. No state I am familiar with requires an organization...  TygrBright   Dec-06-06 12:35 PM   #53 
           - Best understanding of board role and responsibility I've seen in  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:47 PM   #57 
           - sent you a PM as well.  Kali   Dec-06-06 02:33 PM   #59 
           - You really seem to know your stuff, thanks.  Kali   Dec-06-06 02:44 PM   #60 
              - Correctamundo!  TygrBright   Dec-06-06 03:11 PM   #63 
                 - Well, I'm a Mom - of teenagers - so I got the shame thing down pretty well  Kali   Dec-06-06 03:32 PM   #64 
                    - Sounds like you're doing it right, then...  TygrBright   Dec-06-06 03:42 PM   #65 
                       - You know, I just had another thought. Maybe it is irrelevant, but  Kali   Dec-06-06 04:38 PM   #66 
                          - No rule says it has to.  TygrBright   Dec-06-06 04:52 PM   #67 
     - There should be a listing of the Board of Directors, their positions,  Norquist Nemesis   Dec-06-06 10:42 AM   #17 
     - This is not what I am asking about.  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:04 PM   #44 
        - I do not believe so. Most would need to have a way to get input  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:33 PM   #52 
     - Send a letter to the board chair at that address, marked CONFIDENTIAL.  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:27 AM   #30 
        - That gives the GM/ED some kind of heads-up. He/she now knows  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:06 PM   #45 
           - That's the risk you have to take. If you are identifying a real verifiable  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:16 PM   #48 
  - "Membership Owned"??? Not a non-profit!!!! n/t  Traveling_Home   Dec-06-06 10:25 AM   #10 
  - credit union maybe? n/t  ourbluenation   Dec-06-06 10:31 AM   #14 
  - I don't know all the legal ins and outs, but the main asset is held by  Kali   Dec-06-06 10:33 AM   #15 
     - Our organization has that structure, too  OzarkDem   Dec-06-06 11:23 AM   #26 
  - I serve on two currently.  trof   Dec-06-06 11:00 AM   #22 
  - and I've worked for 3 over the last 8 years. all non profits, one a gov't agency.  ourbluenation   Dec-06-06 11:05 AM   #23 
  - I'm on one now. My experience is the same as yours. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   Dec-06-06 11:08 AM   #24 
  - IRS Returns (Form 990) require non-profits name directors w/ contact info  OzarkDem   Dec-06-06 11:21 AM   #25 
  - the contact info they use for everybody is the location of the entity.  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:08 PM   #46 
  - First thing: does the organization have a grievance procedure?  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:26 AM   #28 
  - I am very experienced with non profit boards.  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 11:35 AM   #36 
  - sent you a pm.  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:15 PM   #47 
     - Thank you. Since the board meeting are open to the public,  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:22 PM   #50 
        - bylaws are inside the BoD link towards bottom of page  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:36 PM   #55 
           - The last item in the older set of bylaws states that they can be changed  mondo joe   Dec-06-06 12:41 PM   #56 
              - those are the ones they changed illegally  Kali   Dec-06-06 12:59 PM   #58 
  - Thanks everybody!  Kali   Dec-06-06 02:59 PM   #62 
  - Hey look what I found:  Kali   Dec-06-06 06:41 PM   #68 
     - Business address  Sgent   Dec-06-06 06:59 PM   #69 
 

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