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Wildfires Rage: Insurance Advice for Recovery After the Smoke Clears

Some guiding principles, taken from decades of experience representing insurance policyholders in California and around the globe - The Wine Country fires, and the uncertainty of their cause, may complicate insurance...more

How to Make a Main Motion [Infographic]

We’ve talked before about how to make a motion and what happens to a motion after a member makes it. For all you visual learners, here’s an infographic that illustrates these parliamentary procedure concepts...more

Nonprofits and Millennials

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

This podcast will address how your nonprofit organization can engage millennials as donors and volunteers by Ivy Schneider. Ms. Schneider is president of Helix Strategies LLC, which operates under the umbrella of McNees...more

Proposed Legislation Would Broaden Availability of Charitable Deductions

On October 5, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) introduced the Universal Charitable Giving Act of 2017 (H.R. 3988), which would allow individuals who do not itemize their deductions to receive income tax deductions for charitable...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

Effective Cause Marketing: Ways to Ensure Your Good Deeds Go Unpunished

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Collaborations between charitable organizations and for-profit businesses to simultaneously promote a cause and raise funds for the charity have been demonstrably successful and are occurring with increasing frequency. When...more

Addressing the Growing Need for Senior Living Projects Through Tax-Exempt Bonds A Guide for Senior Living Facility Owners,...

As the senior population continues to grow, so does the need for housing built specifically for seniors, such as multifamily senior apartments, continuing care retirement communities, independent living and assisted living...more

Not out of the woods yet: What the lifting of Sudan sanctions means for businesses and non-profits

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on October 12, 2017, the U.S. permanently revoked most sanctions against Sudan. This lifting represents the completion of a process that began in January 2017, and was extended in July 2017. ...more

Michigan Property Tax Exemption for Charitable Institutions Is Again Construed Broadly by the State Supreme Court

by Dickinson Wright on

Property owned and occupied by charitable institutions solely for their charitable purposes is exempt from Michigan property tax. Some assessors denied exemptions to charities that charged fees for their services, arguing...more

Four Key Components to Law Firm Financial Health-Meeting the Universal Objective

by Hayse LLC on

Law firms come in all shapes and sizes. Some consciously specialize in distinct areas of the law while others are more reactionary-willing to do anything they feel generally competent to do. Firms can be local in scope, only...more

5 Essential Facts about Closing Debate

If there’s one reason people hate meetings, it’s because they drag on forever with needless discussion. According to Robert’s Rules, closing debate and moving directly to a vote on a motion – via a specific motion called...more

[Event] Community Association Seminar Fall 2017 - November 9th and November 11th, Minneapolis, MN

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Join us for our Fall 2017 Community Association Seminar! - What to do if your Association is the victim of embezzlement? - Understanding Changes to MCIOA for Construction Defect Claims ...more

Recent IRS Ruling Creates (Interest)ing Tax Conundrum for Sports Teams Utilizing Personal Seat Licenses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On June 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) held in a private letter ruling that proceeds used to a fund portion of the new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams franchise of the National Football League (NFL) and received...more

Quick Guide: The Lifecycle of a Motion

Remember that previous post on the parliamentary procedure basics for how to make a motion? Here’s “Making Motions – Round 2,” a more detailed guide on the specific language* you should use both for making a motion and, if...more

Hospitals Take Heed: Gradual Evolution of the IRS’ Position on Tax Exemption

There has been much fanfare, but little discussion, among healthcare experts in the United States regarding the Internal Revenue Service recently published PLR 201731014. The Letter Ruling provides a good opportunity to...more

Focus on Health Care Provider Bankruptcies

by Jones Day on

The next few years are expected to see a significant increase in the volume of bankruptcy cases filed by health care providers. Thus far in 2017, the number of bankruptcies in health care-related sectors, including hospitals,...more

IRS Issues Guidance on US Private Foundation Equivalency Determinations for Grants to Foreign Public Charities

by Butler Snow LLP on

On 14 September 2017, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-53, setting out the requirements for ‘preferred written advice’ upon which a US domestic private foundation can rely when making grants to non-US charities. This...more

A Path Forward: Corporate Integrity Agreement Sheds Light on Manufacturer Interactions With Independent Charitable Foundations

by Hogan Lovells on

Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and biologics have been closely watching the industry-wide investigation by the Boston U.S. Attorney's Office into manufacturer support of independent charitable foundations that assist...more

Greedy Charitable Deductions May Cost You

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Taxpayers are not required to pay a negligence penalty for underpayment of income taxes if, under Internal Revenue Code regulations, there is reasonable cause for a position that the Taxpayer takes in an income tax return. ...more

Perspectives for the Professions Newsletter - September 2017: The Relationship Between Council and the Chief Executive Officer

by Field Law on

The Chief Executive Officer of a professional regulatory organization is the senior staff person responsible for the overall operations of the organization. Typically, the CEO will report to Council which is responsible for...more

Final Regulations on PRIs Make for Inspirational Reading for Family Foundations

It is not often that you can find inspiration within the Treasury regulations. But if you are a family foundation looking for innovative ways of pursuing your charitable mission, you will come away from reading the nineteen...more

4 No-Nonsense Reasons to Take Good Minutes – Part 2

A previous post provided the first two reasons that accurate minutes are a “must” for all non-profits, including homeowners associations, churches, unions, sororities, and political parties.  Here’s two more pieces of...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

by Bryan Cave on

The IRS is providing several types of tax relief for those affected by hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’re monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax...more

Mandatory Disclosure: Belgium Requires Large Companies to Provide Certain Non-Financial Information

by Jones Day on

The Background: On September 3, 2017, Belgium adopted a law implementing EC Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. - The Result: Under...more

Transaction Structuring Matters: North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Rooftop Solar Power Purchase Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A North Carolina appeals court has reminded energy developers in the state of the importance of structuring a transaction so as not to trigger the state’s utility franchise laws. For one unfortunate developer, that reminder...more

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