Should a Homeschool Nonprofit Let Members Vote?

Should a Homeschool Non-Profit Group Let Members Vote?Should your homeschool nonprofit group let its members vote? There are many nonprofit groups that do not give their members a vote, but some do! What are the pros and cons or each arrangement?

In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share:

  • Is it okay to not allow members a vote?
  • Sample bylaws can be found at HomeschoolCPA.com/Samples
  • Can a board chose its own replacements?
  • How can a board get input from the membership?

In the podcast Carol mentioned the duties of the board:

Duty of Care

  • Read and understand your group’s mission, vision, and governing documents. I recommend a board binder for important documents.
  • Attend board and committee meetings.
  • Be informed and be prepared to participate in decision-making.

Duty of Loyalty

  • Be prepared to put the organization’s goals above your own.
  • Create and follow a conflict of interest policy. See a sample Conflict of Interest policy.
  • Disclose personal financial interests when needed/excuse yourself from voting.

Duty of Management

  • Develop policies about the financial management of the organization. My book Money Management in a Homeschool Organization has a checklist.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of income and expenses and minutes.
  • Develop a budget for your plans and your spending.
  • Develop fundraising goals.

Duty of Compliance

  • Understand and comply with governing documents, including bylaws. Sample bylaws.
  • Know and comply with state and federal laws governing non-profit organizations, including registration and reporting requirements. If you’re unsure about what your filings requirements are, my book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization, will be helpful.

 

FEATURED PRODUCT

Homeschool Organization Board Manual

Sometimes current group leaders have none of the important paperwork for their organizations. Homeschool board members should keep all their organization’s important papers in a safe and accessible place. Usually, a 3-ring binder works well.

Author and homeschool advisor, Carol Topp, CPA, has created a Homeschool Organization Board Manual. It is a template to create a board member binder. It has:

  • A list of important documents to keep in your binder
  • Section dividers so you can organize the important papers
  • Tools to help you run your meetings smoothly including
  • A sample agenda that you can use over and over again
  • A calendar of board meetings

Click Here for more information!

Does My Homeschool Group Need Directors and Officers Insurance?

Does my homeschool group or homeschool co-op need Directors and Operators Insurance?Does your homeschool group need to protect your leaders? Sure you do, so you may consider purchasing Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance.

D&O insurance is sometimes called “legal defense insurance.” It covers lawsuits filed against nonprofit board members, most which are related to employees. If your homeschool organization does not hire employees (and many do not), your risk is low and D&O insurance may not be necessary.

In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will explain:

  • What is D&O insurance?
  • What does D&O insurance protect?
  • When to buy D&O insurance?
  • How does being a nonprofit corporation help?
  • Article on Insurance for Homeschool Groups.

In the podcast, Carol mentioned Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network (UHRN) has several podcasts for homeschoolers by homeschoolers. You might enjoy these podcasts:

Homeschool High School,

Making Biblical Family Life Practical

Vintage Homeschool Moms

Interested in hosting your own podcast?

If you have a great idea for a podcast, contact Felice Gerwitz (felice (at) mediaangels.com) and pitch your idea. UHRN is looking for talented podcasters especially in the following areas: Mommy Entrepreneurs, Family Entrepreneurs, Cooking with Kids, Podcasts for Kids, Music, Art, History, Science.

 

FEATURED PRODUCT

Money Management in a Homeschool Organization

 

Money Management in a Homeschool Organization

Does your homeschool group manage their money well? Do you have a budget and know where the money is spent? Do you know how to prevent fraud? This 115 page book will help you to open a checking account, establish a budget, prevent mistakes and fraud, use software to keep the books, prepare a financial statement and hire workers. Sample forms and examples of financial statements in clear English are provided.

Click Here to request more information!

Blurring Lines of What is Homeschooling

Blurring Lines of What is Homeschooling with Carol Topp, CPAOn the I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook page, a question was asked about being an inclusive group (open at all) or exclusive group (limiting membership). Many homeschool leaders contributed their experiences and reason for their group’s decision. Carol shared those views in Episodes # 129 and #130 which you can find here:

Reasons to be an Inclusive Homeschool Group

Reasons to be an Exclusive Homeschool Group

 

In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share some of the reasons that some groups are exclusive (they do not allow public school students into their homeschool group) but it comes from a few people who are active in legislation or in their state homeschool groups. They have a different viewpoint that you may find insightful and interesting.

These state homeschool leaders mentioned:

  • The lines of what is legally homeschooling are blurring and state legislators may not understand the difference between traditional/independent homeschooling and public-school-at-home.
  • There is a concern of government control and oversight (as seen in some states like Alaska and Kentucky)
  • There is a concern of being grouped with charter schools or public school funding and therefore be subject to more government oversight (as proposed in Indiana and Hawaii)

 

In the podcast Carol mentioned the Facebook  group for homeschool leaders I am a Homeschool Group Leader. Join 400+ homeschool leaders for ideas, encouragement and respective exchange of ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

 

 

FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

Phone Consultation with Carol Topp, CPA

You can learn a lot about running your homeschool group from the HomeschoolCPA podcast and website (and books) , but sometimes you just need to TALK to someone who understands homeschooling, running a group and the laws surrounding the finances and operations of homeschool groups. Why not call Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA, to set up a personal call?

 Carol is happy to set up a conference call so several of your leaders can join in from their own homes. The call can be recorded or future reference or for those who are unavailable. This is Carol’s most popular service for homeschool leaders. It’s like having your own homeschool expert CPA on the phone!

Cost: $75/hour to nonprofit organizations.  $100/hour to for-profit businesses. $60 minimum.

Contact HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, CPA, to arrange a telephone consultation.

Click Here to request more information!


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Reasons to be an Exclusive Homeschool Group

Should public-school-at-home parents be joining your homeschool group? Or perhaps your group desires to be more exclusive and have all members be “independent” or “traditionally” homeschooling.

 

On the I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook page, a question was asked about the pros and cons of mixing homeschool and public-school-at-home students in your group-or, put differently, being inclusive (open at all) or exclusive (limiting membership). Many homeschool leaders contributed their experiences and reason for their group’s decision. In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share some of the reasons that some groups are exclusive and do not allow public school students into their homeschool group including:

 

  • Leaders cannot serve everyone!
  • Overcrowding pre-schools or other activities in the homeschool group
  • Public school students have their own groups and support networks
  • It’s easier to be exclusive. There were too many disagreements in inclusive group
  • The group could lose a place in homeschool sports competitions if public school students are included

 

In the podcast Carol mentioned the Facebook  group for homeschool leaders I am a Homeschool Group Leader. Join 400+ homeschool leaders for ideas, encouragement and respective exchange of ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

 

 

FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

Homeschool Co-ops:
How to Start Them, Run Them and not Burn Out

Need more information on how to start and run a homeschool co-op? Carol Topp’s book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out  is packed with helpful tips and advice from other homeschool leaders.

Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

Click Here to request more information!


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


Reasons to Be an Inclusive Homeschool Group

Reasons to Be an Inclusive Homeschool Group with the Homeschool CPAAn inclusive homeschool group allows everyone to join regardless of their method of homeschooling and that includes students that are doing public school at home. Is public school-at-home really homeschooling or not? Should public school-at-home parents be joining your homeschool group? Some leaders grapple with the question of whether their group should be inclusive or more exclusive.

 

A question was asked about the pros and cons of mixing homeschool and public-school-at-home students in your group at I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook page. The discussion had many homeschool leaders contributing their experiences and reason for their group’s decision. In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share some of the reasons that leaders gave to allow public-school-at-home students in your group:

 

  • Openness to all regardless of their choice of homeschool methods
  • A desire to help everyone concerned about their children’s education
  • The parents feel like they are homeschooling and still need support
  • Public-school-at-home parents see the freedom that traditional homeschoolers have and many switch to traditional homeschooling.
  • Stronger together

 

In the podcast Carol mentioned the Facebook  group for homeschool leaders: I am a Homeschool Group Leader. Join 400+ homeschool leaders for ideas, encouragement and respective exchange of ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

 

FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

Homeschool Co-ops:
How to Start Them, Run Them and not Burn Out

Need more information on how to start and run a homeschool co-op? Carol Topp’s book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out  is packed with helpful tips and advice from other homeschool leaders.

Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

Click Here to request more information!

 

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


No Parental Involvement. Is That a Good Thing?

No Parental Involvement - is that a good thing for Homeschool Co-ops?A homeschool curriculum touted the benefit of their program to be “No parental involvement needed.” Is that a good feature or not? Listen as Carol Topp, CPA warns homeschool leaders of the trap they can fall into if they don’t include parents in their homeschool program.

Visit Carol’s website here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homeschool Co-ops:
How to Start Them, Run Them and not Burn Out

 

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

Click Here to request more information!

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her  popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.  

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


Accountability: Do you need it?

Accountability: Do you need it?“I’m looking at a homeschool program that meets twice a week because it will hold me accountable,” explained a mother of preschoolers interested in homeschooling. My question to her was, “Do you need accountability?” Maybe not! Listen as Carol Topp explains her reply to this new mom considering a homeschool program for a very young child.

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FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

 

 

Homeschool Co-ops:
How to Start Them, Run Them and not Burn Out

 

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

Click Here to request more information!

 

Good,Fast And Cheap: Can a Homeschool Co-op Be All Three?

Good Fast and Cheap! Can a Homeschool Co-op Be All Three?A homeschool co-op offers drop-off high school classes and wants to remain high quality and low cost. The leader is struggling. I say she can’t offer all three: Cheap, good and fast (or convenient for parents). She’ll have to give up one of those goals to remain viable. Listen as Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, explains how she advised this homeschool leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

 

 

Money Management in a Homeschool Organization

Does your homeschool group manage their money well? Do you have a budget and know where the money is spent? Do you know how to prevent fraud? This 115 page book will help you to open a checking account, establish a budget, prevent mistakes and fraud, use software to keep the books, prepare a financial statement and hire workers. Sample forms and examples of financial statements in clear English are provided.

Click Here to request more information!

 

 

 

Policies for Homeschool Co-ops

What types of policies should your homeschool co-op have? How will having policies help you avoid burning out as you lead your group? Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, answers these questions and more from homeschool leaders. 

Policies for Homeschool Co-ops

This podcast is an excerpt from a workshop titled Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

What types of policies should your homeschool co-op have? How will having policies help you avoid burning out as you lead your group? Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, answers these questions and more from homeschool leaders. 

Visit Carol’s website here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

 

 

 

Phone Consultation with Carol Topp, CPA

Phone Consultation: A pre-arranged phone call to discuss your questions. My most popular service for homeschool leaders. It’s like having your own homeschool expert CPA on the phone!

Cost: $75/hour to nonprofit organizations.  $100/hour to for-profit businesses. $60 minimum.

Q &A by Email:  I am willing to answer questions by email, but it is very time consuming to read and reply to emails. I charge a reduced rate of $50/hour to read and reply to emails. Minimum $25.

Contact HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, CPA, to arrange a telephone consultation.

Click Here to request more information!

What types of policies should your homeschool co-op have? How will having policies help you avoid burning out as you lead your group? Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, answers these questions and more from homeschool leaders. 

 

Insurance Questions for Homeschool Co-ops

Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA answers questions from homeschool leaders about insurance, waivers, and using a church's insurance coverage. 

Insurance Questions for Homeschool Co-ops

This podcast is an excerpt from a workshop titled Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA answers questions from homeschool leaders about insurance, waivers, and using a church’s insurance coverage. 

Visit Carol’s website here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

 

 

 

Phone Consultation with Carol Topp, CPA

Phone Consultation: A pre-arranged phone call to discuss your questions. My most popular service for homeschool leaders. It’s like having your own homeschool expert CPA on the phone!

Cost: $75/hour to nonprofit organizations.  $100/hour to for-profit businesses. $60 minimum.

Q &A by Email:  I am willing to answer questions by email, but it is very time consuming to read and reply to emails. I charge a reduced rate of $50/hour to read and reply to emails. Minimum $25.

Contact HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, CPA, to arrange a telephone consultation.

Click Here to request more information!