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4 No-Nonsense Reasons to Take Good Minutes – Part 1

Taking minutes arguably tops the list of “most thankless jobs,” and those who assume the role often wish they hadn’t been such a willing volunteer. But accurate minutes are a parliamentary procedure “must” for all non-profits...more

Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

by Jackson Walker on

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

A Quick Guide to Voting Terms (Plus PDF Download)

Attend a meeting or read an organization’s rules, and you’re likely to encounter a variety of voting terms. Parliamentary procedure (e.g., the rules of Robert’s Rules and other parliamentary procedure guidebooks) helps us out...more

2017 Arizona Legislative Amendments Affecting Commerical Real Estate and Lending

The following information accompanies a presentation Mike gave to members of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association (ACMLA) on September 12, 2017. HB 2213 – GPLET Leases - Arizona’s GPLET statute (enacted...more

Hurricane Irma: Maximizing Insurance Recoveries

Hurricane Irma’s epic scope and wind speed suggest that affected businesses and other organizations take immediate and proactive steps to maximize insurance recovery....more

Quick Fix: How to Get Rid of Time-Wasting Committee Reports

You know the drill….the meeting that drags on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: You do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee...more

Making an Effective (and Tax Deductible) Donation for Disaster Relief

by Moskowitz LLP on

Relief efforts are underway to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey and those affected by the catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Many well-meaning Americans are making donations through a variety of organizations....more

IRS Revokes Tax Exempt Status of "Small, Rural" Hospital: Five Reminders to Help Your Hospital Avoid the Same Fate

The IRS has revoked the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of a non-profit hospital for failure to comply with the requirements of 501(r) imposed by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Specifically, the IRS stated that the hospital...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 2

My last post provided the simple answer to why organizations still use (the seemingly outdated, archaic-sounding) parliamentary procedure: They use it because they are following state law, or because their bylaws say that...more

5 Ways to Fail at Leading a Meeting

The reputation of the president, chairman, or CEO may (unfortunately) depend on his or her ability to run a meeting. Whether the gathering is big or small, scheduled or impromptu, people want the person in charge to preside...more

Parliamentary Procedure Quick Guide: How to Make Motions

Let’s start with an “according to Robert’s Rules” definition. A motion is a proposal that an organization, board, or committee take a specific action (according to Robert’s Rules of Order and other parliamentary procedure...more

Potential Risks From Pet Therapy Programs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pet therapy programs have been expanding throughout the country, based largely on the increasing recognition that humans benefit from the human-animal bond. The human-animal bond is defined by the American Veterinary Medical...more

How to Keep it Brief: The No. 1 Secret to Shortening Your Meetings

No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions. ...more

Nonprofits: Beware of Antitrust Troubles

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied a motion to dismiss a class action against the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in Talone v. American Osteopathic Association (No....more

Tax-Exempt Does Not Mean Exempt From Filing Tax Returns

May 15 was the filing deadline for nonprofits operating on a calendar year that are required to file Form 990-series information returns. Many nonprofits mistakenly believe that they are not required to file returns with the...more

Tax Reform and the Potential Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Both the Trump Administration and key leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are continuing their focus on tax reform. Although details are being withheld until the Republican leadership in the House,...more

School Districts Taking Advantage of New H-1B Cap Exemption Regulations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With the increased focus on foreign language programs — particularly the popularity of immersion programs in which the foreign language is used for instruction rather than as the subject of instruction—schools districts are...more

Grant and cooperative-agreement recipients: Are your procurement standards compliant yet?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Local governments, Native American tribes, institutions of higher education, or non-profit organizations (including health care organizations) that receive grants or cooperative agreements (or part of either type of Federal...more

Appellate Court Holding Extends FOIA to College Foundation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently the Second District Appellate Court issued an opinion holding that the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applied to certain records in the possession of the College of DuPage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity...more

Court Finds Hospital Subject to Sales Tax

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

By Order dated May 8, 2017, Judge Deborah Brooks Durden of the South Carolina Administrative Law Court upheld the Department of Revenue’s (Department) denial of Greenville Hospital System’s (GHS) request for an exemption from...more

IRS Guidelines Provide Greater Flexibility to Nonprofit Borrowers

by Polsinelli on

New guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service substantially overhaul safe harbors that have existed for 20 years. Specifically, the IRS recently released Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (“Rev. Proc. 2017-13”), which establishes...more

What President Trump’s Executive Order Means for 501(c)(3) Political Activity

by Genova Burns LLC on

Recently, President Trump signed his Executive Order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to exercise discretion to avoid taking any adverse action against an individual,...more

UPDATE: President Trump Signs “Johnson Amendment” Executive Order Limiting Treasury’s Actions Against Religious Organizations...

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the executive branch to limit its enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment.” As previously reported, the Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations that are...more

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