Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013: New York Law Would Reform Governance Rules for Nonprofits

In late June, the New York state legislature passed legislation designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations – both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts. It also would expand the Attorney General’s enforcement powers and modernize and clarify some of the more mechanical and procedural New York rules applicable to not-for-profit corporations.

The legislation – known as the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 – follows several rounds of review and comment from the nonprofit community and represents the largest overhaul of New York nonprofit law since 1970.

The bill awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature. Although there is no indication that the Governor will not sign it, readers should continue to monitor the situation before taking steps in response to the legislation and we will send an update once the Governor acts. If the bill becomes law, most provisions would take effect July 1, 2014.

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