Posts Tagged: General

Happy New Year! Important Changes In The Law.

January 5, 2011 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in News

We hope that 2011 is a bountiful and successful year for you and your non-profit. Even though we took some time off during the holidays, the media and government did not. In the last few weeks, there have been many important changes in the law that directly affect tax-exempt organizations. There also have been a …


President Obama Clarifies Rules for Religious Charities that Receive Federal Money for Social Services

President Barak Obama issued an executive order on November 17 that sheds light on the new policy-making criteria for religious social-service providers who receive federal money in the way of grants and contracts. This order ensures that the money is only used for secular purposes. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, “President Obama signed an …


Are There Tax Potholes In Your Charity’s Year-End Vehicle Donation Program?

As this economically challenging year comes to a close, many non-profits are looking for ways to boost their fundraising efforts in order to meet year-end goals. Some tax-exempt organizations are looking to vehicle donations as one way to supplement end-of-year fundraising. The last several years have seen a proliferation of for-profit entities that have created …


What Do Fundraisers Do With Donated Money?

September 28, 2010 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Accountability

Very interesting blog entry in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on Sept. 20, 2010, regarding the scrutiny of the “Arrangements Between Charities and Fund-Raising Companies.” The article sites a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article ( regarding the the transparency of donations. Donors “often do not realize that most of their donations are going to the fundraising …


Rules of Disclosure: Non-Profit Documents General Public Has Rights To

What information must a nonprofit disclose to the general public? This question has come up several times in the past few months. The IRS and some states require nonprofits to provide certain items upon request. However, often times, members of the public ask for documents they have no right to view. The IRS requires tax-exempt …


The Headline Test

August 6, 2010 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Policy

These days, every nonprofit seems concerned about conflicts of interest and appropriate conduct of its board members and staff. Hewlett-Packard, the giant computer maker, has a very simple “Standard of Business Conduct.” ( It is simple: “Before I make a decision, I consider how it would look in a news story.” If your non-profit is …