First Post

Every journey begins with a first step. So it is with my first posting.   Though I’ve taught and spoken about nonprofits often, “The Nonprofit Mentor” represents my initial effort at writing about nonprofit and exempt organizations and the nonprofit sector on a sustained basis. It is a somewhat daunting process.

As a very practical matter, there is the need to learn a new computer program and the processes related to it.  Despite promises to the contrary, much time and effort has occurred to create this first posting.  I know there is more to learn along the way, so please bear with me. This is no easy task, but hopefully will improve with practice giving way to an ease of use and facility in using this medium.  This experience will also add to an evolving repertoire of the skills and information needed in today’s world.

There are many individuals and organizations providing information and opinion about the sector.  This sector is a vibrant and rapidly evolving sector with many different voices and perspectives.  It is no longer the staid or stagnant sector that often informs others’ mental map who do not work in the sector daily.  As we all do who work in the sector, I will draw upon them to provide both information and inspiration. 

Finding one’s voice as an author is always the challenge. My hope and goal is that with time, practice, and helpful feedback from readers like you I will improve as a writer and as one who provides services to the nonprofit sector.  In my practice I have  always sought to be informed by those who are deeply involved in the sector and those who provide the best in practices and thought leadership.

Finally, let me thank those who chose to read this blog and to encourage others to do likewise if you find value in what “The Nonprofit Mentor” offers.  It is for these individuals and their organizations, as well the people and causes they serve, that I chose to write.

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About Marty Martin, JD MPA

Marty Martin, JD MPA, Martin Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina, provides legal, tax, and training services related to nonprofit, tax-exempt, and social enterprise organizations serving local, regional, state, national, and international constituencies. He works with them throughout their lifecycle including start up, operations and management, board governance, merger, and closing down. He is an instructor with the Duke Nonprofit Management, Intensive, and Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership programs. He is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Martin is affiliated with North Carolina State University's Institute for Nonprofits. Martin served for three years on the IRS Advisory Committee for Tax Exempt and Government Entities ("ACT"). He was awarded the IRS TEGE Commissioner's Award which "is the highest honor of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, and the highest honor we can personally bestow" for his service. He received a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in managing nonprofit and public sector organizations from the Harvard Kennedy School and Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Western New England University School of Law. He completed advanced training in nonprofit organizations from: Harvard Business School's Initiative on Social Enterprise; Harvard Kennedy School's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations; Duke University's Nonprofit Management Program; University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business; Center for Creative Leadership; BoardSource; and the TCC Group.
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