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What Does the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Mean for Modern Philanthropy?

In an open letter to their newborn daughter last December, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan announced they will eventually give 99 percent of their Facebook shares during their lives to a variety of...more

NPRA Redux: Proposed NPCL Amendments Approved by Senate and Assembly

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed a bill that, if signed by the Governor, would amend the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”) and the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”) to clarify and refine...more

Treasury Green Book Proposals — Private Foundations

The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals. One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual...more

Will 2015 IRS Notice Boost Foundations’ Mission-Related Investing in 2016?

Foundations are effective vehicles for families who want to make a collective philanthropic impact now and for generations to come. Traditionally, foundations have achieved this impact solely through strategic grantmaking. A...more

When interest rates are low, it’s high time for estate planning

Interest rates remain at record lows, and while many experts believe they’ll begin to rise soon, it’s likely they’ll rise slowly. So it’s an ideal time to implement estate planning strategies that are most effective in a...more

Donors and Charities Benefit Under New Tax Legislation

While most provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) do not automatically expire, there are dozens that do. Included among the expiring provisions have been several intended to enhance charitable giving. Each has been...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Provision Becomes Permanent Law

The IRA charitable rollover provision of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows individuals age 70½ or older to transfer, tax-free, up to $100,000 per year from an IRA to one or more eligible charities, has become permanent...more

Permanent Charitable IRA Rollover

Congress recently made permanent the IRA charitable rollover. Individuals over age 70½ can make lifetime gifts, up to $100,000 per year, to qualified public charities from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs). To...more

A trust is not an agency

The trustee is not an agent of the beneficiary. The trustee's duty not to delegate the administration of the trust could well be implicated if the trustee without authority were to behave as if he were the beneficiary's...more

Wealth Management Update - April 2015

Obama Administration Announces Revenue Proposals - The Obama Administration has recently announced its Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals in its annual "Greenbook." The Greenbook sets forth the Administration's proposals...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $1.4 Trillion. The estimated total of individual income taxes the Internal Revenue Service is expecting to collect on April 15. The U.S. House of Representatives has returned from recess and is planning to...more

Neither the non-charitable corporation, itself, nor its directors hold the corporate assets in trust, absent special facts.

A charitable corporation is more a trust than a corporation, a topic that is taken up in an earlier posting on this site. See In the case of a...more

Charitable Planning with S Corporation Stock—Making It Work

Since 1998, charities have been able to own S corporation stock (“S stock”). However, the ownership of S stock by an exempt organization may result in either an unexpected tax burden or a liability rather than an asset for...more

The charitable corporation: A trust in disguise?

The charitable trust can have certain practical advantages over the charitable corporation, at least in some quarters and under certain circumstances. Operational simplicity and low-cost maintenance are some of the pluses....more

Nonprofit Revitalization Act and Executive Compensation Reform Act of 2013

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging the state legislature to enact two bills that would reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations – both not-for-profit corporations and...more

Why the Classic Legal Terminology of the Anglo-American Trust is in French, Not English: The “Law French” Phenomenon

The institution of the trust, a creature of the English Court of Equity, evolved deep in the bosom of the Anglo-American legal tradition. France, a civil jurisdiction, lacks a legal institution that is truly comparable. Her...more

Preparing for the 3.8% Medicare Surtax on Net Investment Income

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act) institutes a new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income effective January 1, 2013. In addition, absent congressional action to extend...more

Contributions to Section 501(c)(4) Organizations and the Gift Tax

Tax-exempt section 501(c)(4) organizations are defined by the Internal Revenue Code as “social welfare organizations.” Treas. Reg. section 1.501(c)(4)-1(a)(2) provides that the organization must be “primarily engaged in...more

Mesa Bankruptcy Attorney: DuPont Living Trust

I am Clint Smith. I do wills and estate planning and mainly trusts for people here in Maricopa County Arizona. But there is an issue in the news lately that I thought might be of interest to us here in Arizona and that is, as...more

Might the Trust, a Creature of English Equity, Actually be a Variant of the Waqf, an Ancient Islamic Legal Construct?

The English trust is a unique legal device whose origin has been the source of much debate among legal scholars. There are three theories concerning the origin of the English trust: the Roman, Germanic, and Islamic. Until the...more

Nonprofit Board Standard of Care, Risk Management, and Audit Committee Responsibilities Updated 05/19/2011

A detailed paper updated May 19, 2011 discussing nonprofit board standard of care, risk management, and audit committee responsbilities, including the California Nonprofit Integrity Act....more

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