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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

John Fogarty Rocks-Nu Skin Informs Oversight

I recently saw John Fogerty in concert. For those you are not aware, he was a founding member and the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), one of the very top American groups from the 1960s and early...more

Takeaways From SOCAP16: The Social Capital Markets Conference

This month more than 2,500 people gathered at the ninth Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference, billed as the intersection of money and meaning. The conference is designed to be the place where businesses built to solve...more

(UK) Business Rates Update

There have been a number of developments on business rates which affect investment management and lettings to corporate occupiers. Exactly what use qualifies as charitable and benefits from reduced rates is clearer, as is...more

SEC Cracks Down on Charitable Contributions under the FCPA - Best Practices In Light of Recent SEC Enforcement

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought an FCPA enforcement action premised entirely on a one-time charitable contribution. On September 20, 2016, the SEC announced a settled FCPA...more

Lessons Learned from Nu Skin

The enforcement action against manufacturer Nu Skin Enterprises highlights the risks of making charitable donations in high-risk countries without conducting meaningful anticorruption due diligence....more

IRS to Update 1967 Revenue Ruling Relating to Change of Domicile

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has announced plans to update Revenue Ruling 67-390, which requires an organization to “re-apply” for tax-exemption if it changes its corporate structure, including in situations...more

Three Key Takeaways from the Nu Skin FCPA Settlement for a Corrupt Charitable Donation

In a rare enforcement action, the SEC settled an FCPA enforcement action for $766,000 for a charitable donation of $154,000 to improperly influence a high-ranking Chiese Communist party official to prevent a provincial agency...more

Recent Governance and Gift-Giving Guidance from the Non-Profit/Public Charities Division

The Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the “Division”) recently released helpful guidance regarding (i) good governance of charitable organization and (ii) the rules that...more

Philanthropic Planning

As an estate planning attorney, I have the opportunity to help people every day. Working with clients to craft an estate plan to transition their assets to their family members and friends is very rewarding. Not infrequently,...more

Enforcing Charitable Pledges: New York’s Shifting Landscape

On August 24, 2016, it was widely reported in the business media that Duke University had filed a claim against the estate of Aubrey McLendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., who died in March 2016. The claim was...more

The next chapter - A new bond linking financial returns to environmental or social goals could thrive. But securities law...

Shakespeare’s Juliet may not have ascribed great significance to a name but for securities lawyers and market participants alike there is significance to nomenclature. Social impact bonds, or investments that are intended to...more

Investing Private Foundation Assets: What Every Foundation Manager Should Know

Those responsible for managing a private foundation’s investment assets may not always understand the unique fiduciary and tax constraints imposed on private foundations and their managers by both state and federal law....more

The House Ways and Means Committee is looking at Endowments

The House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter Roskam announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on college and university endowments. The hearing is entitled “Back to School: A Review...more

Cy Pres Standard Dispute Settled With Reasonable Approximation

The District Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether the “next best” or “reasonable approximation” standard should apply when the court evaluates proposed cy pres designations in class action...more

Looming Registration and Reporting Deadlines for Nonprofit Raffles: September 1 and October 1

Many charities embrace raffles as a fun and lucrative way to raise money. A lot of them aren't aware that raffles constitute illegal gambling, unless the requirements of the Penal Code are met. If not, the charity is...more

Consider Your Options for Charitable Giving - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

There are many charitable giving options that are available to fit a donor’s specific goals. You do not have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett to make a difference in the world now and after you are gone. Most of our...more

Teaming Sports Stars, Good Causes Great – But Know the Rules

Many sports figures have created nonprofit organizations to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. But the reality is that athletes’ foundations aren’t always successful in raising money for charity. This article...more

New IRS Guidance Allows More People to Use Charitable Trusts

Have you heard? More people can now use charitable remainder annuity trusts thanks to new IRS guidance in the form of Revenue Procedure 2016-42, issued recently....more

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