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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

Diving Into Family Philanthropy (Segment I): What are the benefits of family philanthropy?

1 – Teaching your financial values to the next generation. Your financial values include your beliefs about how financial resources should be managed and utilized. We all have them, though we may not have taken the time...more

Improper Purpose Frustrates Member’s Assertion Of A Proper Purpose

by Allen Matkins on

The inspection rights of members of California nonprofit mutual benefit corporations mirror those of shareholders of California corporations. Section 8333 of the Corporations Code provides that the accounting books and...more

Diving into Family Philanthropy

Over the next several posts, we will be diving into the topic of family philanthropy. Since the topic is so broad, we have divided it into segments that we will cover in the coming weeks. Each segment is intended to give you...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

by Bryan Cave on

In Notice 2017-10, the Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance on syndicated conservation easement transactions presumed to be used as tax shelters. This addition to the “listed transactions” under Section...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

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