People in Washington, D.C., talk a lot these days about the "new accountability" demanded of not-for-profit organizations. Evidently, that does not mean they should be better managed or more attuned to the marketplace. One not-for-profit I know recently had its 501(c) application turned down by the Internal Revenue Service because the organization seemed a tad too businesslike. So it hired a lawyer experienced in the field, who redid the application to make the group (in his words) "appear less rigorous and more helpless." Lo and behold, the new application was approved.

Published on: Nov 1, 1995