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Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice is a strong guide for private foundations and public charities that aspire to high standards of governance and ethical practice. Board and staff leaders of every charitable organization are encouraged to examine these principles carefully and determine how best they should be applied to their own operations.  MNA has partnered with Indepent Sector in the dissemination of this important document.  View the summary of these 33 Principles and Practices by clicking the link.  33-Principles-for-Good-Governance-and-Ethical-Practice.pdf  To download the full supporting document, visit

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Document Retention Policies

Record retention is an important issue for nonprofit organizations.  While a sound record retention policy is a good business practice for all kinds of entities for legal and efficiency reasons, it's of particular importance to a sector that depends on the goodwill that comes from transparency and the trust of the public.  MNA-Links-Magazine-Document-Retention-article-summer-2015.pdf  The information and retention schedule provided in this article comes directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a must-have desktop resource for nonprofit managers,  This article was recently featured in LINKS, MNA's quarterly magazine publication.  LINKS is only available to MNA members, so if you find this article useful consider joining MNA to receive this informative publication regularly.

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Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principals and Standards

Association of Fundraising Professional members, both individual and business, embrace certain values that they strive to uphold in performing their responsibilities for generating philanthropic support: Association-of-Fundraising-Professionals-Code-of-Ethics.pdf

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Board Policies

Sample board policies: NorthSky---Sample-Board-Policies.pdf

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Board Committee Descriptions and Responsibilities

Sample board committee descriptions and responsibilities: NorthSky---SAMPLE-COMMITTEE-DESCRIPTIONS.pdf

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Chart of "Other" Nonprofit Organizations

This chart summarizes the more common categories of “noncharitable” tax-exempt organizations and touches briefly on nonprofit membership organizations, which do not have tax exemption. View this chart directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a comprehensive hands-on guide for nonprofit organizations.  MNA-Organizational-Reference-Chart-from-IRS.pdf

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Management Support Organizations (MSO)

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