Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Charity Therapy

Jun 22, 2023

In this episode of Charity Therapy, Meghan and I dive into the often-misunderstood world of conflicts of interest in nonprofits. What is a conflict, really? Is it a terrible, horrible, egregious situation to be avoided at all costs?! Hint: no! Not all conflicts are evil, and not everything people call a conflict of interest actually is one.. In this episode, you'll learn what to do (and what not to do) when a conflict of interest comes up in your nonprofit work.

We’ll also tackle a listener’s question about a board member's support of another organization - is that a conflict? Plus, what happens when board members and staff members are all the same people? 

Don't miss this episode that will help you better understand and manage nonprofit conflicts of interest! Whether you're a seasoned nonprofit pro or just dipping your toes into the world of charitable organizations, we’re here to help guide you through these tricky waters with empathy, humor, and practical advice.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • What is a conflict of interest
  • What’s NOT a conflict of interest
  • The problems that can come up when a board member is also paid staff
  • The importance of due diligence when you’re thinking about joining a nonprofit board
  • Why you NEED a solid conflicts policy

Resources from this Episode

Sign up for Birken Law Email list:

Facebook page:

Follow and Review:

We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.

Episode Credits

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at Let them know we sent you.