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Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices: Legal Compliance and Responsibility

Ethical Responsibilities

5. The full membership of the governing body is responsible for the organization, and each member acts at all times in an ethical manner and in the best interest of the organization and the public.

Legal Compliance

6. The governing body and staff are aware of and comply with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations and fiduciary responsibilities applicable to the nonprofit.

The Community Law Project is a great resource for those interested in starting a nonprofit or for those with legal questions. Visit their website or call their Employer Hotline for aid.

Financial Oversight

7. The governing body exercises active oversight of the financial affairs of the organization and sets policies to ensure that the organization's resources are used appropriately in furtherance of the organization's mission.