Good intentions, poor execution: How to avoid the common mistakes of running a nonprofit


Las Vegas nonprofits feed the poor, shelter the homeless and help the mentally disabled. But behind the scenes, some of the most well-meaning groups can be an operational mess.

Many nonprofit leaders, locally and nationally, fail to file paperwork required by the Internal Revenue Service and lose their tax-exempt status. Others put friends on their boards of directors in spots that should be reserved for well-connected fundraisers. Some use their groups as personal piggy banks, looting donations. Others hire outside finance chiefs to control the purse strings only to discover that one day they have vanished, along with money from the group.

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