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Sample Conflict of Interest Policies

The following sample conflict of interest policies are excerpted from The Non-Profit Answer Book: An Executive Director's Guide to Frequently Asked Questions from BoardSource.

These policies range from general guidelines related to conflicts of interest to a comprehensive conflict-of-interest policy that follows a traditional legal format and is recommended by the IRS.

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Beth Kanter is a frequent contributor to many nonprofit technology web sites and magazines, Beth has authored chapters in several books, including "Psychology of Facebook Applications," and "Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders."
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Developing a Whistleblower Policy

The heightened focus on nonprofit accountability in recent years has spurred calls for foundations and public charities to have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure sound governance. One such policy that has become a recommended best practice for the sector is a whistleblower protection policy, yet most nonprofits still don’t have one. Here are some basic issues to consider when developing a whistleblower protection policy for your grantmaking organization.
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Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy

This guide from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors suggests that funders can make their grantmaking more responsive and efficient by combining the concepts of diversity and inclusion with basic due diligence.
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Gender Transformative Philanthropy

Attention to the role of gender is most useful with programs that seek to change unhealthy behaviors, such as reproductive health and teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, substance abuse and educational under-achievement. This guide suggests that funders can work to improve program outcomes by helping the funding community and grantees recognize how men and women are affected by disparities in social expectations, such as codes of manhood and womanhood.
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Echoing Justice: Communications Strategies for Community Organizing in the 21st Century

These models provide examples of advocacy-focused efforts that could have useful implications for funding collaborative communications strategies and infrastructure in grassroots organizing groups.

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