Monday, October 30, 2006

Local nonprofits bolstering safeguards amid local scandals

Local nonprofits bolstering safeguards amid local scandals: "Other nonprofit officials said they think such worries are an overreaction. But they still see recent events as good opportunities to make sure all local nonprofits have financial savvy — and if they don’t, to help them get it.

“In the nonprofit world, we’ve had plenty of Enron-type occasions,” said Jonathan Lindsey, president of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “It’s just that we pay no attention to it until it affects us personally . . . Any time you run an organization outside of standard business procedure, you’re looking for trouble.”

To seize the moment, the association voted Thursday to take a lead role in organizing financial workshops for local nonprofit organizations. It will collaborate with the Nonprofit Network, a group of charity and social service agencies in the area that meet regularly."

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