Non-Profits

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State disclosure laws suffer a setback - Federal court grants charitable nonprofit's request for permanent injunction blocking...

Late last week, the US District Court for the Central District of California struck a blow against the California Attorney General's Office and other supporters of the state's ongoing efforts to expand the public disclosure...more

Important Filing Changes for Indiana Nonprofit Corporations

Significant changes are being implemented to the reporting requirements for Indiana nonprofit corporations over the next several months. Until now, Indiana nonprofit corporations have been required to submit a Business Entity...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Department of Revenue’s Guidance to Be Unreasonable

Northeastern University, the Trustees of Boston University, Wellesley College and 131 Willow Avenue, LLC prevailed in their appeal of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s (the Department) rejection of their Brownfields...more

Are you ready for British Columbia's new Societies Act?

Effective November 28, 2016, the current Society Act (BC) will be repealed and replaced with the Societies Act (BC) (“New Act”). While maintaining much of the same basic not-for-profit framework that currently governs BC...more

Act Now to Preserve Your 2015 Charitable Deductions

5 Ways to Be Diligent with Charitable Gifts of Cash Remember that formal benefit dinner you attended last fall? The contentious battle for that golf package at the charity auction in the spring? Your donation to the...more

Tax Alert: Reminder about Political Activities of Nonprofits

The 2016 election season is red hot. So, now is the perfect time for a reminder about the political activity prohibitions applicable to public charities and private foundations....more

Tax Court to Exempt Orgs: Substantiate!

While we’re not even three full months into 2016, the United States Tax Court already has decided two cases, which disallowed tax deductions for donors based on a tax exempt entity’s failure to properly substantiate those...more

Crowdfunding, Online Payments, and Charitable Fundraising

Nonprofits engaged in fundraising from the general public have been “crowdfunding” for centuries! Now, however, there is a profusion of online crowdfunding platforms of different types, each with its own benefits and...more

No Joke: Indiana Real and Personal Property Tax Exemption Applications Due April 1

This is no April Fools’ Day joke. Indiana property tax exemption applications for 2016 are due on or by April 1 — six weeks earlier than in previous years. If an exemption application is not properly and timely filed, the...more

Should Church Debt Be Exempt From Qualification?

The California Corporate Securities Law of 1968 currently exempts from qualification any security of an issuer (1) organized exclusively for educational, benevolent, fraternal, religious, charitable, social, or reformatory...more

Public Policy Alert: Freedom of Information Act Ruling

A recent ruling regarding South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act is one to note. It came on February 22 in DomainsNewMedia.com vs. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce....more

Hospital property tax exemption under attack in Illinois

On Jan. 5, 2016, the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court ruled in the Carle Foundation Hospital case that an Illinois state law providing for property tax exemptions for certain not-for-profit hospitals is...more

Nonprofits Seeking to Use Brownfields Tax Credits Beware: Directive Gutted by Massachusetts Superior Court Remains Online Without...

Massachusetts Department of Revenue guidance declared a “naked, confiscatory attempt by a state administrative agency to appropriate private property to fill government coffers” by the Massachusetts Superior Court remains on...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Private Foundations and Lobbying

The Tax Court mostly ruled against a private foundation and its main contributor and foundation manager by approving the assessment of the private foundation excise tax on lobbying expenditures. However, the court gave them a...more

How To Survive A Conflict of Interest Scandal

What happens when you own a business and hold a political position or serve on a non-profit board and you have to make a decision in one of those positions that could affect your business? Can you remain objective? Can you...more

Trust as a Fig-Leaf of Poor Compliance and Management

Trust is an important, nurturing presence in the workplace. There is a level of trust inherent in all controls, and NGOs are often dependent on trust, especially in emergency operations, distant field offices, and when...more

Perspectives - February 2016

I Just Received Drafts of Construction Loan Documents from My Lender, Now What? I have heard the following statement many, many times over the course of my career: “Do I really need to hire an attorney to close a simple...more

San Diego Tourism Surcharge Lawsuit Moves Forward

A judge recently ruled that the nonprofit group San Diegans for Open Government (“SDFOG”) has standing to challenge the City of San Diego’s practice of charging hotels a fee used to promote the City’s tourism industry. While...more

The Problems with 403(b) Plans

I always say that as bad as 401(k) plans may be, 403(b) plans are in much worse shape. It didn’t help that the Internal Revenue Service only issued regulations that governed them only 30 years too late, back in 2008. It also...more

Exempt Organizations: 2015 Amendments to New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act (2/16)

In December of 2013, New York enacted the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the NPRA) which impacted all New York not-for-profit corporations as it sought to not only update New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (NPCL) but it...more

New Federal Bill Would Allow Risk Retention Groups to Cover Property

A bill recently introduced in the House seeks to expand the authority of Risk Retention Groups (“RRGs”) to write property, and not just commercial casualty, coverage. HR 3794, which was introduced on a bipartisan basis, would...more

Recent Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

On October 26, 2015 and December 11, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law certain clarifying amendments (the “Amendments”) to the provisions of the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law that were enacted as part of the...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Utilities push a solar pricing proposal they say is fairer for non-solar users - Los Angeles Times - Jan 20 - Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas &...more

Will Newspapers Evolve as Nonprofits?

Saying newspapers have struggled over the past decade – even longer, really – will shock no one. Readership and print advertising have declined precipitously in the face of digital competition....more

Changing the Changes: 2015 Revisions to the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “2013 Act”) carried out the first major overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the "NPCL") in four decades. A number of changes to the 2013 Act were enacted in...more

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