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IRS Nonprofit Governance Guidelines

In February 2008, the Internal Revenue Service published a list of recommended governance policies and practices for tax-exempt organizations. These guidelines are consistent with Land Trust Standards and Practices and reflect many of the themes stressed by the IRS over the past years and incorporated into the Form 990, including transparency, financial oversight and accountability.

The guidelines address the following topic areas:

  • Mission
  • Organizational documents
  • Governing body
  • Governance and management policies
  • Financial statements and Form 990 reporting
  • Transparency and accountability

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Governance Resources from the Land Trust Alliance

See the Standards and Practices Curriculum series on nonprofit governance in The Learning Center or purchase curriculum books online.

Governance Guidelines from Independent Sector

In addition to Land Trust Standards and Practices, the IRS guidelines complement the recommendations set forth in the Panel for the Nonprofit Sector’s “Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice,” released in October 2007. See the panel’s report »

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