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Understanding UPMIFA: Delegation of Management and Investment of Endowment Funds

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA or the Act) was adopted in 2006 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as the successor to the Uniform Management of Institutional...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held its first of six scheduled meetings for the year. At the meeting, the Commission issued a new opinion addressing charitable solicitations and amended a...more

Court Affirmed Dismissal Of Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Condo Board Members

In Brown v. Hensley, a condominium complex was damaged by a hurricane, and the board of the complex allowed the complex to be demolished. No. 14-14-00981-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 727 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] January...more

EOs and EOs: Exempt Organizations and Presidential Executive Orders

In the twelve days since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has issued a flurry of executive orders relating to, among other things, the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the construction of oil pipelines, the...more

Keeping Your Family Foundation in Compliance

The 2016 election cycle made front page news of certain failures in compliance by both the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and The Donald J. Trump Foundation. Every new year brings new goals and, for every family...more

The Latest on Property Tax Exemptions for Illinois Hospitals

Recently, there have been several noteworthy developments in the controversy surrounding property tax exemptions for Illinois hospitals. For the past decade we’ve been providing updates as this issue progressed through the...more

Grant to Public Charity Qualifies as “Unusual Grant” for Public Support Test

Publicly supported charities provide favorable benefits under the Code for both the organization and donors, in contrast with non-publicly supported private foundations. To qualify, the organization must receive a substantial...more

501(c)(3) Public Charities Subject to New Donor Disclosure Requirements in New York

Since 1958, when the Supreme Court held that the State of Alabama’s attempt to compel the NAACP to disclose its membership lists infringed on the members’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly, charities and...more

Understanding UPMIFA: Important Endowment Concepts

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (“UPMIFA” or “the Act”) was adopted in 2006 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as the successor to the Uniform Management of...more

Charitable Contribution Planning: Good Measures to Protect Yourself Against a Charitable Deductions Audit

December is a big month in the U.S. for donations to charity. Americans open their hearts and wallets to charitable organizations who feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and educate our youth as well as to many other worthy...more

Virginia Supreme Court Considers Evidence Necessary to Get Gross Negligence Case to a Jury

Recently, the Virginia Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Elliott, Administrator of the Estate of Smith v. Carter. The opinion was authored by Justice Goodwyn and flowed from an appeal of a case that was...more

Additional Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Become Law

On November 28, 2016, Bill A10365-B containing further changes to the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act became law. Our prior alert, available here, discussed the details and implications of the June 2016 legislation. ...more

Charitable Giving Before Tax Law Changes Under the New Administration

Significant changes are expected to U.S. tax laws following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and the Republican Party’s retention of control over both houses of Congress. The details of...more

Benefit Corporations May Expense Payments to Charities

In a General Information Letter addressing the tax treatment of benefit corporations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that a taxable benefit corporation may deduct payments to charities as business expenses (and...more

After being told that she should just “quit” if she felt unsafe, dismissed employee awarded $15,000 in damages

A charity has been ordered to pay a dismissed employee $15,000 in damages after dismissing her shortly after she had raised safety issues, in violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The charity ran retail...more

'Tis the Season for Year-End Charitable Gifts

As you are making your list and checking it twice, you might want to consider whether you want to make any year-end gifts to your favorite charities. If you do, you will be in good company. According to the National...more

Substantiation of Charitable Donations

As we enter the giving season and begin making charitable contributions it is important to remember that some gifts require more than just the act of giving to qualify for a charitable tax deduction. For monetary...more

SDNY Bankruptcy Rules Are About to Change: What You Need to Know About the @USBCSDNY Proposed Amendments

Last month, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York proposed amendments to its local rules. Although the amendments are not sweeping, they include some very important updates and tweaks to...more

Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws

Earlier this month, the New York Attorney General’s office ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The attorney general also demanded that the Trump Foundation...more

IRS Examinations: New Guidance and Issue Areas for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Tax-exempt organizations will soon receive guidance regarding the issues most likely to trigger an examination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), says Sunita Lough, Commissioner of the IRS Tax-Exempt and Government...more

Prohibited Campaign Intervention: Stay Alert in the Final Stretch

Engaging in any political electoral campaign activity on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office is a prohibited activity for all charities and private foundations that are exempt under Internal Revenue...more

Transferee Liability: The [Unlikely] Situation that your Nonprofit Receives a Charitable Gift with Expensive Tax Strings Attached

The case of Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner - On August 15, 2016, the Tax Court decided in Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-154, that two foundations were liable as transferees...more

Lessons from the Trump Foundation: Complying with State Charitable Solicitation Requirements

Politics aside, the Donald J. Trump Foundation's (Trump Foundation) recent troubles with the New York Attorney General should be a lesson to other charities and 501(c)(3) organizations. The Trump Foundation recently received...more

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Limited Political Campaign Activity for Charitable Organizations

Recently, we wrote about the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, and the importance of managing the use of social media to avoid violating these rules. This prohibition...more

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