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Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 2

My last post provided the simple answer to why organizations still use (the seemingly outdated, archaic-sounding) parliamentary procedure: They use it because they are following state law, or because their bylaws say that...more

Developments in the U.S. Tax Treatment of UK Charities

by DLA Piper on

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the U.S. tax exempt status of 195 prominent UK charities by posting their names on a website. These UK charities will find it harder to attract support from U.S. individuals and...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A new article published in the Harvard Business Review confirms that the preservation of reputation continues to be a significant motivating concern for individual board members. This is a factor that should be taken...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 1

I know the blank stares and incredulous looks very well. “Parliamentary what?” “Oh, Robert’s Rules . . . . right. I think I’ve heard of that. Does anyone actually use that stuff anymore?” Well, actually . . . yes. Yes,...more

5 Ways to Fail at Leading a Meeting

The reputation of the president, chairman, or CEO may (unfortunately) depend on his or her ability to run a meeting. Whether the gathering is big or small, scheduled or impromptu, people want the person in charge to preside...more

An Overview of Private Charitable Foundations

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A private foundation is a powerful tool for charitable giving. It is means of advancing your individual, family, or corporate mission and legacy through supporting those causes which you value the most....more

How to Take Minutes in 4 Easy Steps

If you’ve been tasked with taking minutes, the parliamentarian says to take heart. Here’s a four-step guide (with a bonus tip) to streamline your job....more

Parliamentary Procedure Quick Guide: How to Make Motions

Let’s start with an “according to Robert’s Rules” definition. A motion is a proposal that an organization, board, or committee take a specific action (according to Robert’s Rules of Order and other parliamentary procedure...more

4 Myths About Robert’s Rules and Quorum – And Why the Truth Matters

Almost everyone can define the basic parliamentary procedure concept of “quorum” – the number of members needed at a meeting to take valid action. Dig a little deeper in Robert’s Rules, though, and you’ll find some common...more

How to Keep it Brief: The No. 1 Secret to Shortening Your Meetings

No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions. ...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: EMERGING NONPROFIT CONTROVERSY - Health system general counsel...more

Still More Changes Affecting Not-For-Profit Corporations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2016, New York amended its Not-For-Profit Corporation Law once more, building upon the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (“the Act”), and the changes (“the Amendment”) took full effect as of May 27, 2017. This...more

Changes to Financial Reporting Requirements for Associations

On June 23, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 6027, which provides substantively identical changes to the annual financial reporting requirements for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations....more

Diving into Family Philanthropy (Segment IV): Family Philanthropy – Where to Begin?

In our previous posts on family philanthropy, we addressed the benefits of family philanthropy, choosing the right giving vehicle, and investing for impact. In this final post in our four-part series, we discuss how to get...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - June 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Board Termination of the "Unethical CEO" - An important new study concludes that CEO terminations for ethical lapses (as a percentage of overall CEO successions) has dramatically increased over the last five years. The...more

Diving into Family Philanthropy (Segment III): Making your family foundation’s assets work as hard as its grants

Family foundations that distribute grants to worthy charitable organizations to accomplish their philanthropic goals are a familiar part of the charitable landscape. While grant making is an important part of the work of...more

Hospital Sales: No State Approval Required for Non-Operating Debtor

The Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California determined the Attorney General’s approval was not required for the sale of a non-operating, non-profit hospital because the hospital no longer qualified as a...more

Diving Into Family Philanthropy (Segment II): What giving vehicle is right for your family?

We recommend waiting to choose a giving vehicle (or vehicles) until you have a clear sense of your family’s philanthropic objectives. Once identified, those philanthropic goals, in addition to tax and operational...more

What President Trump’s Executive Order Means for 501(c)(3) Political Activity

by Genova Burns LLC on

Recently, President Trump signed his Executive Order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to exercise discretion to avoid taking any adverse action against an individual,...more

May 15 Is Tax Filing Deadline for Many Tax-Exempt Organizations

This is a reminder that tax-exempt organizations operating on a calendar-year (January 1 – December 31) have a filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns on May 15. To avoid potential penalties or risk of losing...more

Benefits of Family Philanthropy: A Real World Example

In our current series of blog posts, Diving Into Family Philanthropy, we are exploring the choices available to families that wish to engage in family philanthropy....more

We Need a License To . . . Be a Charity?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Wait a minute! Haven't we done everything we're supposed to do? We've clearly defined our charitable mission. We formed our non-profit corporation. We got our 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service...more

Jimmy Chen Seminar Attendees and Clients at Risk of Being Investigated for Tax Evasion

by Moskowitz LLP on

This past summer, Jimmy J. Chen, accountant and promoter of private charitable foundations, was charged with six felony counts of tax evasion. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Chen apparently used his tax-exempt ChenSung Family...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: OVERSIGHT OF CORPORATE CULTURE - A significant emerging...more

Changes to Bayh-Dole Act Regulations Impacting Ownership of Patent Rights

by Goodwin on

Businesses and nonprofit organizations that receive federal government funding, such as NIH, DoD or SBIR grants, are required diligently to report and elect title to inventions and patent applications that have been made with...more

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