Posts Tagged: charitable donations

New Warnings from the Attorney General

Is your nonprofit a target for the Attorney General? This week, the head of the California Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Section, Tania Ibanez, provided an update on its enforcement of laws regulating charities. That update revealed that the Attorney General is scrutinizing charities that solicit donations for purposes related to veterans, cancer treatment and animal …


Click a Button, Find a Grant, Now a Reality

Your wish came true! In a recent blog post, we told you about a bill passed by the California legislature that would allow nonprofits to click a button to find all state grants for which it may be eligible. As we and others suggested, thousands of Californians contacted Governor Brown and signed petitions to ask …


Click a Button, Find a Grant

Do you ever wish your nonprofit could click “google” to locate government grant opportunities? That wish may come true in California. Finding government grant opportunities is a frustrating process, especially for nonprofits that have limited resources. In part, this is because there is no centralized location that lists all state grants. Thus, a nonprofit seeking grants …


Extending Time for Charitable Donations

Have you ever experienced the anxiety of making all of your charitable donations before December 31? The Charitable Giving Extension Act, introduced by House Ways and Means Committee member Mike Kelly (R-Pa), would allow you to focus on present giving during December. The Act would allow individuals to treat charitable donations made until April 15 …


Should We Executive This Donor Agreement?

June 6, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Board, Donations, News

Nonprofits and donors alike need to be careful when considering a new contribution. Large donations often come with lots of promises made by both sides. Recently, heirs of a late philanthropist have been trying to stop UCLA from selling a Japanese garden bought with donated funds, which costs the university $140,000 per year to maintain. …


Read This Before Accepting Car Donations

March 8, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Charitable Deductions, Donations, Fundraising, IRS, News

Before your charity accepts a car donation, make sure the board understands the scope of the project. An improperly run car donation program can affect a charity’s tax-exempt status. IRS oversight of car donation programs often focuses on what a charity does with the donated cars. For example, if a charity uses donated cars to …