Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Nonprofit Governance and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Nonprofit Governance and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act: "Nonprofit Governance and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Author(s): Francie Ostrower, Marla J. Bobowick
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Posted to Web: September 19, 2006
Permanent Link: http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=311363

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, passed in 2002 following widely publicized governance scandals at corporations such as Enron, was intended to deter fraud in publicly traded corporations. The Act extended boards' financial oversight responsibilities and imposed new financial disclosure requirements. Only two of these provisions applied to nonprofits. Its passage nonetheless quickly sparked discussions about nonprofit accountability and whether nonprofits should adhere to certain provisions of the Act, either on a voluntary or mandatory basis.1"

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