Friday, May 22, 2015

Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A group serving the homeless in Tampa, Fla., has gone to court to block city laws that limit panhandling, saying the measures are unconstitutional and could put the charity out of business, the Tampa Bay Times reports."



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Nonprofit hospitals continue to be a sore thumb in the debate around nonprofit tax exemptions. Critics suggesting that nonprofit hospitals may not show the kind of “nonprofitness” the public expects of 501(c)(3) public charities abound, but the problem is that states and localities—and even the federal government—have struggled to define and pinpoint what those expectations ought to be.

California is the current epicenter of the battle over what nonprofit hospitals should be and do in order to qualify for their tax-exempt status. One group of critics is organized labor, particularly the California Nurses Association, which rallied at the headquarters of the California Hospital Association to demand that nonprofit hospitals do a better job accounting for the charity care they deliver."



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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Donor Disclosure Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Donor Disclosure Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Without waiting to consult the full court, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy rejected an appeal from the conservative Virginia-based Center for Competitive Politics, which has sought to shield the names of its major donors in California, and refused to reveal their names to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris."



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Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy - Press - AFP

Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy - Press - AFP: "Last Thursday, May 14, 2015, more than 35 representatives from a variety of nonprofit organizations and associations, including AFP, participated in the first Hill Day in Ottawa to educate Parliament about the importance of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has upon society."



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Friday, May 15, 2015

Litigation over donor disclosure will head to the Supreme CourtThe NonProfit Times

Litigation over donor disclosure will head to the Supreme CourtThe NonProfit Times: "The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States a California Circuit Court decision that would require nonprofits to file un-redacted Schedule B forms with the California Attorney General’s Office."



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shumlin decries plans to limit deductions  : Rutland Herald Online

Shumlin decries plans to limit deductions  : Rutland Herald Online: "But Shumlin says he has no interest in tinkering with deductions — especially charitable contributions. Doing so “would be really bad public policy for Vermont,” he said.

“I feel very, very strongly that Montpelier should not limit in any way Vermonters’ ability to give to charity both in and outside of Vermont,” the governor said. “"



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IRS Scandal Still Simmers after Two Years - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

IRS Scandal Still Simmers after Two Years - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Two years later, there are at least six independent government investigations of what has become known as the “IRS scandal,” and the investigations continue. NPQ has published more than 30 articles on various aspects of the IRS scandal since Lerner’s acknowledgement of the issue. (NPQ’s Rick Cohen was in the room with Lerner when the story broke.)"



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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Boards under Greater Regulatory Scrutiny for Lack of Care - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Boards under Greater Regulatory Scrutiny for Lack of Care - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "The result could be that increased scrutiny will be placed upon nonprofits that often fly under the radar. With nonprofits making up over five percent of America’s gross domestic product and nine percent of all wages, this could mean a big impact.

“I consider it my responsibility to promote and protect the nonprofit sector,” the New York Times recently quoted New York’s attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman as saying. “In part, we do that by aggressively investigating and prosecuting fraud. But we work just as hard to prevent mismanagement before it starts and, whenever possible, get troubled charities back on track.”"



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Monday, May 04, 2015

As Clock Winds Down, VA AG Herring Offers Help to Sweet Briar College Stakeholders - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

As Clock Winds Down, VA AG Herring Offers Help to Sweet Briar College Stakeholders - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "A few days after Virginia’s governor publicly expressed a willingness to try to help resolve the situation at Sweet Briar College and lawmakers called for an AG investigation into the college, Attorney General Mark Herring has also publicly offered to facilitate a conversation between the board who voted to close the college and stakeholders who are trying to stop the implementation of that decision through litigation.

In the letter, Herring indicates that he had reached out previously for the same purpose, but at least in this case, it appears both the board and the stakeholder group Saving Sweet Briar have accepted the invitation."



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Friday, May 01, 2015

Watchdog Says IRS Has Improved Handling of Tax-Exempt Status Requests - Oversight - GovExec.com

Watchdog Says IRS Has Improved Handling of Tax-Exempt Status Requests - Oversight - GovExec.com: "Nearly two years after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately targeted Tea Party and other organizations for scrutiny, the IG on Thursday released a report citing the tax agency’s progress in reducing roadblocks for such organizations seeking tax-exempt status."



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Another Misuse of Nonprofits? Local and State Agencies “Transform” - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Another Misuse of Nonprofits? Local and State Agencies “Transform” - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "The trend to create nonprofit organizations to do work that had once been the responsibility of a government agency continues despite questions about effectiveness, transparency, and accountability. Recently, NPQ reported on a situation in San Diego where a development program is being questioned for its ability to spend public dollars on projects with no requirement to get approval or demonstrate that it fits an impact plan. Now, Illinois appears poised to join the ranks, considering creating a nonprofit agency that would replace the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, overseeing economic development in the state."



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Legislators Request that AG’s Office Investigate Sweet Briar - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Legislators Request that AG’s Office Investigate Sweet Briar - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Yesterday, a bipartisan group of four Virginia legislators announced that they are circulating a letter in the general assembly to be sent to Attorney General Mark Herring asking that the AG’s office investigate the grants that were allocated to Sweet Briar College students for the current academic year under the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG). Apparently, they are concerned that the school allowed around $770,000 in VTAG money to be allocated to 250 students when discussions about closing were already in progress."



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Recent court decision supports better open data on America's nonprofits - Sunlight Foundation Blog

Recent court decision supports better open data on America's nonprofits - Sunlight Foundation Blog:



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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canadians unsure of charitable tax credits - Brandon Sun

Canadians unsure of charitable tax credits - Brandon Sun: "(Special) - Canadians are a philanthropic people, giving generously each year to their favourite causes and charities, but many may not be aware of the tax benefits associated with charitable donations and may not file a claim for them on their tax returns.
A report by H&R Block has found that most Canadians are not aware of the new first-time donor tax credit which was introduced in the 2013 federal budget."



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