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Alert: Major Changes in California's Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals...more

Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students [Video]

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West, Angelica Salceda is working at the ACLU of Northern California to ensure that pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley schools are afforded...more

Combining Arms for Justice-Involved Veterans [Video]

Co-sponsored by Fenwick & West and Microsoft, Equal Justice Works Fellow Leo Flor is building enduring capacity in Washington State for complementary civil representation of criminal justice-involved veterans through client...more

Hospital Conversion to For-Profit Status Improves Health (i.e., Financial Health)

For years the debate has raged: Does conversion of a nonprofit hospital to for-profit status result in a decline in clinical quality? An improvement? More efficient operations? A decrease in the volume of indigent and...more

Critical first steps when preparing for a U.S. Department of Education program review

The U.S. Department of Education has made a concerted effort in recent years to increase the number of program reviews conducted annually at both for-profit and non-profit institutions. In a prior post, we provided a short...more

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

Federal NFP Corporations Act: What’s Next?

Companies incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act (Part II) were required to be continued under the new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act on or before October 17, 2014. Industry Canada has published a Q&A...more

Do Good Deeds, Go Unpunished: Legal Pitfalls And Practice Tips For Cause Marketing

“Join in the fight against breast cancer!” Each October, store shelves are filled with pink products and pink packaging in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Businesses across a variety of industries solicit...more

The impact of new gainful employment regulations on… Harvard?

As many in higher education are aware, on March 25 of this year, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations concerning what it terms “gainful employment” or “GE” programs. In the Department’s view, these...more

Disclaimer Requirements Apply to All Forms of Non-Media Communications Disseminated for the Purpose of Influencing an Election

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (Board) recently issued a memorandum that serves as an important reminder for all nonprofit organizations during this election season. In its memorandum, the Board...more

Whistleblower verdict upheld against Chicago State University

A Cook County judge recently upheld the verdict in a whistleblower case against Chicago State University. In February 2014, former university employee James Crowley told a jury that Chicago State fired him after he reported...more

Stop the Presses!

A recent client alert warned of impending changes in the California non-profit hospital world because of a new bill giving the Attorney General’s office greater powers than ever before to approve, deny, or modify mergers...more

Bill Aims At Clarifying Status Of Ex Officio Directors

Yesterday’s post considered the various paths to becoming a director under the California General Corporation Law. The California Nonprofit Corporation Law defines “directors” in a similar fashion but makes it clear that the...more

Unclaimed Funds: Requirements, Penalties, and Relief for Holders of Unreported Funds

“Unclaimed funds” are all intangible property (such as savings accounts, checking accounts, unclaimed wages, dividends, credit balances and many other types of outstanding checks and balances payable) unclaimed by its owner...more

Perspectives - Trends and topics in not-for-profit management - September 2014

In this Issue: - Not-for-Profit Volunteers: HIPAA Compliance & Training - Not-for-Profit Spotlight: Project Sunshine - 10 Ways to Lose Your Not-for-Profit Status - Economic Development...more

How Other NFPs Are Earning (and Keeping) Donors

One of the most frequent questions our not-for-profit clients ask us is: What are the latest techniques other NFPs are using to find new donors and keep current donors engaged? While there’s no real “secret sauce,” successful...more

IRS and Department of Treasury Release 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan

On August 26, 2014, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan includes 18 exempt organization law projects and four projects relating to charitable...more

Mission Creep Costs A Section 501(c)(3) Organization Its Exemption

A change in function of a Section 501(c)(3) organization results in the IRS revoking its exemption. To receive Section 501(c)(3) status, exempt organizations apply for exemption from the IRS. The exemption application...more

Portions of Property Exempt for Religious Use

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that portions of a 45-acre tract were entitled to exemption as places of regularly stated religious worship. Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary of Earth Religion v. Medford County Board...more

Legal Alert: New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Reverses “Distorted” Knowledge Learning Decision and Provides Guidance for Proving...

On September 18, 2014, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) decided its first combination case addressing the 2007 changes to New York’s combined reporting regime: Matter of Knowledge Learning Corporation and...more

A Coming Threat to Hospital Health?

Gov. Brown will likely soon sign a bill granting new and far-reaching powers to the Attorney General to review and undo non-profit hospital mergers. Proponents of the bill argue for this expanded power on the grounds that...more

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Planned for D.C.

This past weekend I attended an open house for Mary’s House for Older Adults, a pro bono client in northeast D.C. Mary’s House is the brainchild of Dr. Imani Woody, who plans to transform her childhood home into affordable...more

Eighth Circuit Reminds Nonprofits They Are Subject to Whistleblower Laws

Nonprofits help shape, empower, and strengthen many underserved communities with the aid of donors who believe and trust in the organization’s mission. These goodhearted missions come with accountability to both donors and...more

Indiana Property Tax Exemptions: Church Permitted To File Letter In Lieu Of Application; Trade Association Failed To Prove Split...

Church properly used letter of notification (and not official application) to claim exemption; previously granted exemption rolled forward. The Indiana Board of Tax Review applied a 100% property tax exemption to a church...more

Charitable contributions and the FCPA – 6 simple steps to help ensure your company is giving responsibly

As part of the growing culture of corporate social responsibility, many companies seek to give back to the communities in which they conduct business. But when the charitable giving takes place outside the United States,...more

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