Mona’s Blog

Mona Fluitt on KRBE’s Around H-Town Radio Show

I recently had the great pleasure of being interviewed by local radio host Freddy Cruz on KRBE’s show Around H-Town. Check out the segment to learn more about the Nonprofit Management Academy. I am grateful to Freddy and KRBE for this opportunity to discuss nonprofit management andRead more

Don’t Conduct Your Raffle Like the “Big Boys”

If you attended an NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, or MLS game in Texas over the past couple of years, you may have seen the home team conduct a raffle as a fundraiser for their own charity or foundation. By state law, these teams are allowed to hostRead more

4 Important Fundraising Questions for Youth Sports and Booster Clubs

Here are four questions that every board and committee member should be able to answer about their fundraising efforts. 1. What defines a sponsorship versus an advertisement? For tournaments and other events, it is imperative to know the difference because one qualifies as a possible tax-deductible contributionRead more

A Letter to Parents and Board Members of Youth Sports

While working with parent-run, youth sports boards of directors, I have noticed one specific difference between them and my other clients—longevity.  Board members at hospitals, social service agencies, symphonies, museums, and places of worship have long-standing volunteer careers of board service.  They advance from worker bee toRead more

Texas Nonprofit Fundraisers and Sales Tax

Now that the holiday season has arrived, I’m seeing many nonprofits promoting their holiday fundraising sales. Everything from candy and fruit cake to gift wrap and candles is available as well as events such as carnivals, breakfasts with Santa, and more. Are you aware of how TexasRead more

Did yesterday’s election affect nonprofit organizations?

If you voted in Texas yesterday, you saw a proposed constitutional amendment on your ballot addressing certain organizations’ ability and qualifications to hold charitable raffles. If your organization has ever conducted or plans to conduct a raffle to raise funds, are you well-versed in the law? WhenRead more

Increasing Donor Involvement Through the Art of Acknowledgement

Few organizations have truly harnessed the power of simple, yet powerful methods for acknowledging donors and event sponsors. Be aware, however, that by “acknowledgement,” I am not referring to just the “thank you” note for a contribution. I am referring to donor engagement to lead a donor from theRead more

The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 3: Duty of Obedience

This post concludes our discussion of the legal responsibilities of nonprofit boards—duty of care, loyalty, and obedience. The duty of obedience requires that you be faithful to the mission of the organization you serve. You are not permitted to take any action that is inconsistent with theRead more

The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 2: Duty of Loyalty

In The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 1, I began a discussion of the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. Having already covered duty of care, this post addresses the second of these, the duty of loyalty. The duty of loyalty is simply a standardRead more

The Three Duties of Nonprofit Board Members, Part 1: Duty of Care

The three duties of nonprofit board members are the well-established standards of conduct and attention that board members must meet under nonprofit corporate law in the daily governance of an organization.  Many board members have told me that when they were recruited for service, they were toldRead more