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Fourth Circuit Issues Reminder to Plan Proponents: Evidentiary Support is Required for Non-Debtor Releases

While a minority of circuits, such as the Ninth Circuit (see, e.g., In re Lowenschuss, 67 F.3d 1394 (9th Cir. 1995), have reasoned that bankruptcy courts lack the authority to approve non-debtor releases based on the language...more

Vacant Historic Building Qualified For Indiana Property Tax Exemption

In Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana Inc. v. Vigo County Assessor, Pet. No. 84-002-11-2-8-02178 (June 10, 2014), a nonprofit Corporation claimed a 100% exemption on a property that was vacant on the March 1, 2011,...more

Privacy and Data Security for Your Nonprofit?: Understanding Your Legal Obligations and Insuring against Risk

In this presentation: - The Cyber Threat Landscape - Top 4 Risks to Nonprofits - Risks Are Getting Riskier… – Part 1: Top 4 Industry Trends – Part 2: Top 4 Legal Developments - Ten Steps...more

Drafting and Revising Bylaws: Common Pitfalls, Best Practices, and Maximizing the Effective Governance of Your Nonprofit

In this presentation: - Top 10 Tips for Bylaw Amendments – General Process Considerations – Governance Hierarchy – Specific Provisions to Note • Purposes Clause • Membership...more

Nonprofit Alert: Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act - Preparing for Public Benefit Corporation Status on January 1, 2015

In its most recent session, the Minnesota legislature enacted legislation that allows for the formation of public benefit corporations. Public benefit corporations are not charitable or tax-exempt—they are commercial...more

Key Reforms of the Russian Civil Code for Legal Entities

The changes address corporate governance, liability, and other issues. Russia continues to pursue a series of reforms to modernise its civil and commercial laws and improve the business environment. Recent amendments...more

Religious Institutions: August 2014

If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had a moratorium on enforcing §501(c)(3) electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations, the IRS states that it has been lifted incident to the settlement and...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

Ten Ways to Energize Research Organization Collaborations

Energizing Research Organization Collaborations Research collaborations that extend across organization — universities, hospitals, independent research institutes, national labs, companies, etc.— require a certain amount of...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

To Pay (Directors) or Not to Pay – That is the Question

The question of whether to pay the directors of a tax-exempt organization is hotly contested. Although this practice is legal, there can be drawbacks with providing compensation. Despite the perceived hesitancy to compensate...more

Charitable Solicitation Requirements are Changing in Maine

On August 1, 2014, the State of Maine will eliminate its requirement under the Charitable Solicitations Act that all fundraising consultants, known as “professional fundraising counsel,” must be licensed by the Maine...more

Federal Grant and Contract News for Nonprofits - July 2014

This month's newsletter focuses on one of the more important and scrutinized aspects of being a federal grant recipient: monitoring project performance efforts, and the project performance efforts of subrecipients.1 While the...more

Benesch Perspectives - July 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Giving to Religion Trending Downward for a Decade - What You Can Learn from Giving 2014 - Is the Front Door Closing on the Parsonage...more

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...more

New Law Nullifies Property Tax Exemption for Buildings Sold by Nonprofits

What happens to a property tax exemption when a nonprofit sells its building to an entity that will use it for a non-exempt purpose? As of July 1, 2014, and extending through 2015, the new owner will owe property tax on the...more

Should You Take on a Client Who’s Forming a Nonprofit?

You get a call from a potential client who wants to set up a new nonprofit organization. Here are some questions to ask before you commit to the task. The first thing to do when asked to set up a nonprofit is to gather...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2014

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Surviving the AG Conversion Process: Tips for Nonprofit Hospitals

Any manager of a nonprofit health facility involved in a sale, merger or other affiliation knows that undergoing such complicated transactions can become a major distraction from the day-to-day task of running the facility. A...more

IRS Releases Form 1023-EZ for Certain Nonprofit Organizations

The IRS recently issued Form 1023-EZ for use by certain nonprofit organizations applying for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). With the IRS’ tax-exempt unit under recent political scrutiny, a nonprofit organization...more

IRS’ New Form 1023-EZ Streamlines 501(c)(3) Applications

Streamlined? Easy? Rarely are these two words used to describe activities by the Internal Revenue Service. However, the regulatory landscape for small nonprofits seeking exempt status is changing, and on July 1, 2014, the...more

Is Your Charity Eligible? IRS Makes Filing For Tax Exemption Easier.

What is Form 1023-EZ? - On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service introduced a new, shorter application for smaller charities to apply for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ...more

The Clock is Ticking on the SEC’s MCDC Initiative - Limited Self Reporting Window Closes September 9, 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has announced its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) for municipal issuers, conduit borrowers, other obligated persons...more

Reminder: September 9th Effective Deadline for Issuers and Underwriters to Participate in SEC’s Municipalities Continuing...

If your organization has participated in a municipal bond or other municipal security financing in the past five years, you should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Municipalities Continuing...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage Exemption to Private Summer Camp Employees

Currently, New Jersey overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply to summer camps (and other summer conferences and retreats) operated by non-profit or religious corporations or associations. On June 5, 2014, the Assembly...more

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