Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Senate votes to make Do-Not-Call Registry permanent - DMNews

Senate votes to make Do-Not-Call Registry permanent - DMNews: "The Senate passed a bill making the Do-Not-Call Registry permanent on December 17. The House of Representatives passed a similar bill last week.

The Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 was introduced last March by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND). Before the bill passed, consumers on the list had to renew their registration every five years.

A second bill passed Monday that permanently authorizes the FTC to administer the registry while capping fees that marketers pay to access the list."

Monday, December 17, 2007

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "IRS To Keep Eye On Exec Compensation

Executive compensation compliance will continue to be in the crosshairs in 2008 for the Internal Revenue Service's Exempt Organization Division (IRS-EO) after compliance checks this year turned up significant errors and omissions.

The IRS released its 'FY 2008 Implementing Guidelines' Thursday, which detailed plans for next year while also reviewing accomplishments from the past year."

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cuomo extends ruling on LIPA charitable giving -- Newsday.com

Cuomo extends ruling on LIPA charitable giving -- Newsday.com: "A ruling from the state attorney general that put the brakes on charitable giving by the Long Island Power Authority will apply to authorities across the state.

'Every public authority must scrutinize their own practices in light of the opinion to determine whether they are covered by it,' John Milgrim, a spokesman for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo told Newsday last week. 'We consider the opinion to be a precedent.'"

Monday, December 03, 2007

Political donor law for nonprofits, too | Home News Tribune Online

Political donor law for nonprofits, too | Home News Tribune Online: "There is confusion in Trenton whether nonprofit groups ought to have to comply with a new law that requires officials of companies doing business with the state to file forms that disclose their political donations. The Election Law Enforcement Commission, which believes the law does apply to for-profit and nonprofits alike, has nevertheless granted two extensions to nonprofit groups. The most recent, on Thursday, delayed the filing date until Jan. 15. ELEC has granted the extensions because Democrats have said they plan to amend the law to pointedly exclude nonprofit organizations from the requirements. They apparently fear the new rules will discourage would-be do-gooders from serving on nonprofit boards."

Monday, November 26, 2007

starbulletin.com | Editorial | /2007/11/25/

starbulletin.com | Editorial | /2007/11/25/: "As if Hawaii managers of nonprofits don't have enough on their plates. On top of running their kuleana and dealing with everything from diminished state and federal funding to sorting out personnel squabbles, they now must also comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (or SOX).

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed on July 30, 2002, in response to the corporate and accounting scandals of Enron, Tyco and others. The purpose of the law is to restore public trust in America's corporate sector. The law requires that publicly traded companies adhere to stricter governance standards that both broaden board members' roles in overseeing financial transactions and auditing procedures."

NWAnews.com ::Nonprofits in budget hot seat

NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source: "To fully fund all of the nonprofits, who generally have other sources of income, and still have to make cuts for emergency personnel, like fire and police, cuts in other divisions, we needed to spread the cuts evenly across the board and that had to involve all of our outside agencies as well,' said Mayor Dan Coody last week. 'I don't like it. But here we are,' he said. The city administration's proposed budget for 2008 is to divide about $ 854, 000 among 10 nonprofit agencies."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Senate Inquiry Targets Televangelists

Senate Inquiry Targets Televangelists: "Acting on tips about preachers who ride in Rolls Royces and have purportedly paid $30,000 for a conference table, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday he's investigating the finances of six well-known TV ministers. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said those under scrutiny include faith healer Benny Hinn, Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar and one of the nation's best known female preachers, Joyce Meyer."

IRS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban

IRS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban: "RS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban IR-2007-190, Nov. 19, 2007 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded section 501(c)(3) organizations, including charities and churches that federal law prohibits them from becoming directly or indirectly involved in campaigns of political candidates. The prohibition against political campaign activity has been in effect for more than half a century and bars certain tax-exempt organizations from engaging on behalf of or in opposition to political candidates. However, these organizations can engage in advocating for or against issues and, to a limited extent, ballot initiatives or other legislative activities"

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tax ruling boosts churches, charities - National - theage.com.au

Tax ruling boosts churches, charities - National - theage.com.au: "IN A decision anxiously awaited by thousands of churches and charities around Australia, the full bench of the Federal Court has ruled that businesses they run to fund their charities need not pay tax."

LEGISLATURE
It's an emergency: Ban energy drinks

LEGISLATURE
It's an emergency: Ban energy drinks
:
"Sen. Peter Mills, R-Cornville, lobbied for his bill to allow charitable and fraternal organizations to get a low-cost license to host cribbage games. Some local groups have stopped hosting the games in the wake of a state crackdown on gaming. 'This is not an emergency, but it's a crisis,' Mills said. Before he could say more, leaders voted 10-0 to allow the bill to be considered when the Legislature reconvenes. 'The cribbage players of the world appreciate you,' Senate President Beth Edmonds, D-Freeport said."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Buffett, Sukup Differ On Estate Tax - Money News Story - KETV Omaha

Buffett, Sukup Differ On Estate Tax - Money News Story - KETV Omaha: "Omahan and Berkshire Hathaway head Warren Buffett urged the Senate Finance Committee not to eliminate the estate tax. Buffett said that the money from the tax should be used to help close the gap between the super-rich and the middle class."

Friday, November 09, 2007

DesMoinesRegister.com-Yes, even ministers need to follow tax law

DesMoinesRegister.com: "So six 'media-based ministries' (a euphemism for televangelists) were likely none too happy when they recently received a letter from him that begins: 'The Finance Committee has a long tradition of reviewing tax-exempt organizations.' Now, it's their turn. The letter asks for everything from details on executive compensation to employment contracts to credit-card statements to a list of the vehicles purchased or leased by televangelists."

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Cumberland Times-News - Gaming bill passage not likely

Cumberland Times-News - Gaming bill passage not likely: "The state also would receive the tax revenue generated through gaming. In Allegany and Washington counties, that revenue is currently allocated to education, fire and rescue squads and charitable organizations."

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

San Jose Mercury News - Elected officials raise millions for charities, other activities

San Jose Mercury News - Elected officials raise millions for charities, other activities: "SACRAMENTO—California's elected state officials have raised more than $11 million in unlimited contributions over the last two years for charities, community groups, inauguration ceremonies and other political activities, according to figures released Tuesday by the state's campaign watchdog. The money frequently has come from corporations, Indian tribes, labor unions and other organizations that lobby at the Capitol. Critics say that raises the possibility of conflicts of interest."

Friday, November 02, 2007

Charity registrations recommended for Hawaii - The Honolulu Advertiser

Charity registrations recommended for Hawaii - The Honolulu Advertiser: "Print this Printable version E-mail this E-mail this story Posted on: Friday, November 2, 2007 Charity registrations recommended for Hawaii By Rob Perez Advertiser Staff Writer
A national expert on accrediting nonprofits says requiring Hawai'i charities to register with the state would be beneficial, giving people another way to evaluate organizations that get financial support from the public. '
Registration is important because it is one more vehicle for nonprofits to come forward in a very transparent way,' said Richard Klarberg, president and chief executive of the New York-based Council on Accreditation. He spoke after a speech he gave at a meeting of the Hawai'i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Editorial: Don't hang up registry

Editorial: Don't hang up registry: "Editorial: Don't hang up registry By BDN Staff Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Bangor Daily News When millions of Americans put their phone numbers on the national do-not-call list they likely assumed the dinnertime telephonic interruptions were a thing of the past. They aren’t, and the unwanted calls could start coming again this spring. They shouldn’t. Without congressional action, the list begins to expire on June 1. Fortunately, Maine’s congressional delegation, along with many others, supports making the registry permanent or at least extending its life. This would bring it into line with public expectation."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Should nonprofits chip in? - The Boston Globe

Should nonprofits chip in? - The Boston Globe: "By Erica Noonan, Globe Staff | October 18, 2007 Call it municipal fantasy math. There's hardly an official of almost any suburb who has not cast a longing gaze at the campus of a tony private school or the expansive headquarters of a local social-service agency and wished that nonprofit organizations had to pay local taxes on the properties they own."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Legal moves may provide an amnesty for charities - Times Online

Legal moves may provide an amnesty for charities - Times Online: "t has long been a puzzle why organisations such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth cannot become charities. Opinion polls show the public already think they are, but decades-old rules that limit the amount of campaigning charities can do, and place even greater restrictions on political activity, prevent it. However, that could be about to change, enabling dozens of campaigning organisations to win charitable status, along with the valuable tax breaks and fundraising opportunities that come with it"

N.H. poker generates millions - A Concord Monitor Article - Your News Source - Concord NH 03301

N.H. poker generates millions - A Concord Monitor Article - Your News Source - Concord NH 03301: "n a good night, players crowd the poker room at Salem's Rockingham Park, wagering thousands of dollars on Texas Hold 'Em, 7-card Stud and Omaha Hi-Lo. It costs at least $20 for a seat at a table; some games require $250 to buy in. Dozens of tables spread across the space that can hold up to 85.

This is the face of charitable gaming in New Hampshire.

While state lawmakers debate gambling - prompted by an effort to legalize slot machines - an evening at Rockingham Park shows that millions of gambling dollars are already changing hands in New Hampshire."

Friday, October 12, 2007

AG backs LIPA bonuses, but not donations -- Newsday.com

AG backs LIPA bonuses, but not donations -- Newsday.com: "AG backs LIPA bonuses, but not donations BY MARK HARRINGTON 6:25 PM EDT, October 11, 2007
Bonuses are in but charitable contributions unrelated to its energy mission are out at the Long Island Power Authority, following an opinion from state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Newly named LIPA chief executive Kevin Law requested the legal review earlier this year following reports in Newsday last year about the authority's charitable giving and sponsorships in excess of $1 million, as well as bonuses that lifted total pay packages to more than $300,000 for several executives."

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Congressman Proposes "Simple" Measure to Encourage IRA Gifts - Philanthropy.com

Congressman Proposes "Simple" Measure to Encourage IRA Gifts - Philanthropy.com: "Congressman Proposes 'Simple' Measure to Encourage IRA Gifts Rep. Nick Lampson, Democrat of Texas, has taken a new tack in the campaign to persuade Congress to allow people to continue donating money from their individual retirement accounts to charities tax-free. Mr. Lampson last month introduced the Charitable Tax Relief Act of 2007, H.R. 3596, which does just one thing: makes permanent the legislation that allows such donations when people are 70-1/2 or older, which is set to expire at the end of this year."

CITIZEN-TIMES.com: Registration on Do Not Call list should be permanent

CITIZEN-TIMES.com: Registration on Do Not Call list should be permanent: "Registration on Do Not Call list should be permanent published October 2, 2007 12:15 am Comment » e-mail this Print this Congress should pass legislation making registration on the National Do Not Call list permanent. Requiring people to place their number on the list every five years to avoid being bombarded with telemarketing calls causes unnecessary inconvenience for those who don’t want the annoyance and serves no valid purpose."

Monday, October 01, 2007

The NonProfit Times - Praise, Concerns For Draft Of New 990

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "If everyone who has filed public comments on the revised draft federal Form 990 literally gave two cents to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the tax agency might have a few extra dollars. The IRS in August released some 300 pages of public comments received about the draft version that was unveiled in June. The agency accepted public comments until September 14."

Friday, September 28, 2007

UPI Asia Online - Society & Culture - Commentary: China must legalize charity

UPI Asia Online - Society & Culture - Commentary: China must legalize charity: "Commentary: China must legalize charity BEIJING, Sep. 27 HU XINGDOU Column: China Issues The city government of Shouguang in China's Shandong province recently banned an organization of volunteers. Members of this group visited lonely and widowed elderly people and helped children who could not continue their education. The group had grown from three people to over 150 people in just three months. While the group's activities were greatly appreciated by local citizens, it failed to find a government body willing to act as its sponsor. This meant it could not legally register and was forced to disband."

Napa Valley Register | Wiggins' wine bill benefits nonprofits

Napa Valley Register | Wiggins' wine bill benefits nonprofits: "Wiggins' wine bill benefits nonprofits AddThis Social Bookmark Button Thursday, September 27, 2007 Wineries and the charitable groups that count on wine tastings and giveaways to support their good deeds got good news Wednesday, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed a measure expanding the types of organizations that can sell wines through such events. The measure, SB 108, was sponsored by state Sen. Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa."

The Journal

The Journal: "State rewards donors to charity By LAUREN HOUGH / Journal Staff Writer MARTINSBURG — To make up for the fact that West Virginia historically has had one of the lowest charitable giving rates in the nation, the state Legislature created a program in 1996 designed to reward its residents’ generosity come tax season. That program has since had quite an impact on the amount of donations received by charitable organizations, said Lisa Wells, community development representative with the West Virginia Development Office."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

APP.COM - Nonprofits must file pay-to-play donor reports by Oct. 30 | Asbury Park Press Online

APP.COM - Nonprofits must file pay-to-play donor reports by Oct. 30 | Asbury Park Press Online: "Nonprofits must file pay-to-play donor reports by Oct. 30
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 09/26/07 BY GREGORY J. VOLPE GANNETT STATE BUREAU

TRENTON — Nonprofit organizations that contract with government got a month's reprieve Tuesday from new pay-to-play rules. The ruling by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission came after questions again arose whether nonprofits were meant to follow the same disclosure rules as for-profit businesses. Starting this year, organizations that receive more than $50,000 worth of contracts from all levels of government must report certain political donations made by the organization, some officials, owners and their spouses. The forms are supposed to be filed in March, but all groups were given until September this year because it's the first year they're due."

GuideStar Urges IRS to Take Time on Form 990 Revision :: PNNOnline ::

GuideStar Urges IRS to Take Time on Form 990 Revision :: PNNOnline ::: "GuideStar Urges IRS to Take Time on Form 990 Revision Posted by: GuideStar on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 Topic Expert Opinion
GuideStar, the leading provider of nonprofit information, submitted its comments on the draft revision of IRS Form 990 to the IRS.

Form 990 is an information return that most secular exempt organizations with incomes above $25,000 are required to file annually with the IRS. “GuideStar’s comments are based on our role as a provider of nonprofit data—only some of it from the 990—to a broad array of users,” said Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar’s president and CEO. “Our users include individuals, board members, media, and service providers, as well as highly sophisticated nonprofit experts. From our perspective, the data found in the 990 are often confusing and misleading. It is also important to remember that the 990 is only one way people learn about a nonprofit organization, since there is a growing marketplace of voluntary disclosures.” Rather than providing a line-by-line analysis, GuideStar’s comments on the draft 990 focus on the larger picture and present four key points:"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Nashuatelegraph.com: Editorials- Charity-poker option not without its risks

Nashuatelegraph.com: Editorials: "t should come as a surprise to no one that charity-poker games have emerged in recent years as an intriguing option for charities that are constantly on the lookout for new ways to raise money for their cherished causes. The popularity of Texas Hold 'em – including the high-stakes tournaments readily available for viewing on cable TV – has given charitable organizations another tool besides bingo, raffles and auctions when it comes time to put together their annual fundraising plan."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

San Jose Mercury News - Almaden group revives poker tournament fundraiser

San Jose Mercury News - Almaden group revives poker tournament fundraiser: "Almaden group revives poker tournament fundraiser By Lydia Sarraille MediaNews Article Launched: 09/13/2007 12:05:25 PM PDT It seems Lady Luck is smiling once more on the Almaden Business Association as it attempts to resurrect a poker tournament fundraiser it was forced to cancel last year only a few days before the event was to take place. The association is cashing in on a recent change to California state law that enables nonprofits to temporarily circumvent anti-gambling regulations."

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Have a say in changes to nonprofit tax form | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA

Have a say in changes to nonprofit tax form | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA: "Have a say in changes to nonprofit tax form LIZ HEATH Published: September 12th, 2007 01:00 AM
It’s IRS time. No, don’t panic. We haven’t fast forwarded to April 15 – or even to Oct. 15 for those of us who put off the paperwork until the last minute. Friday is the deadline to submit comments to the IRS about proposed changes to the Form 990. There are many things to be said about these proposals."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tri-Cities, Tennessee Personal News and Media Center

Tri-Cities, Tennessee Personal News and Media Center: "Some county commissioners have proposed randomly auditing the finances of two of the organizations each year to “make sure those expenditures serve their intended purpose.” The latest development, which may make that proposal a moot point: state law already requires each of the nonprofits to submit an annual audit, or description of its financial statements, to the county clerk’s office."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

States employ creative oversight

States employ creative oversight: "States employ creative oversight Novel tactics keep solicitors on toes By Andrew Wolfson awolfson@courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal In South Carolina, the secretary of state's office issues a list of 'Angel' and 'Scrooge' charities each year to help donors make more informed decisions about giving. Scrooges are so designated for spending little or none of the money they raise on their charitable mission."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Ruling Opens Door To CFC Campaign New regulations were judged a substantive change By Mark Hrywna A court ruling has opened the door for several charities to get into the 2007 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) after initially being denied access. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will accept organizations that are tax-exempt and receive tax-deductible contributions, regardless of whether they are classified as a public charity or a public foundation, as long as they meet 'all other eligibility requirements and public accountability standards for admission.'"

Thursday, August 16, 2007

San Luis Obispo County’s website | 08/16/2007 | Nonprofit Strategies: Nonprofits build credibility on solid financial footing

San Luis Obispo County’s website | 08/16/2007 | Nonprofit Strategies: Nonprofits build credibility on solid financial footing: "Nonprofit Strategies: Nonprofits build credibility on solid financial footing By Barry VanderKelen The fifth anniversary of the signing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was observed July 30. The law was enacted to rebuild public trust in accounting and reporting practices of corporations after a series of high-profile scandals. California has become a leader in applying Sarbanes-Oxley to nonprofits. In 2004, California enacted the Nonprofit Integrity Act, or NIA, that is based on Sarbanes-Oxley. The aim is to strengthen accountability and oversight of charitable organizations as well as the solicitation campaigns that commercial fundraising firms are hired to do. Many of the provisions of this act apply only to nonprofits that have gross revenue of $2 million or more. Educational institutions, religious organizations, hospitals, licensed health care service plans and cemeteries are exempt. In San Luis Obispo County, approximately 1 percent of the nonprofits are affected by NIA."

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Herald Bulletin - NANCY VAUGHAN: Nonprofits seek to extend 'Public Good IRA Rollover Act'

The Herald Bulletin - NANCY VAUGHAN: Nonprofits seek to extend 'Public Good IRA Rollover Act': "NANCY VAUGHAN: Nonprofits seek to extend 'Public Good IRA Rollover Act' Nearly 900 nonprofits from every state in the country have endorsed legislation that is expected to add millions of additional charitable donations in support of programs and services that improve lives. Last August, a limited version of the IRA Charitable Rollover was enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act (P.L. 109-280), bringing in more than $75 million in contributions during its first four months. That bill is scheduled to expire at the end of 2007."

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ads in school? Some don't buy it - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News

Ads in school? Some don't buy it - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News: "To some advertisers, though, it might be a chance to market their products to a captive audience for as many as eight hours a day, and state Rep. Peter Koutoujian says it has to stop.

A bill filed by the Waltham Democrat, and approved last week by the Legislature's Public Health Committee, essentially would ban all advertising from public schools. However, not all school officials agree with the bill."

Monday, August 06, 2007

MailTribune.com: 'Fill the Boot' gets the boot

MailTribune.com: 'Fill the Boot' gets the boot: "When it comes to enforcing the law, Medford police Chief Randy Schoen doesn't play favorites.

A repeal of the Oregon state law that allowed firefighters to solicit spare change and dollar bills as part of their 'Fill the Boot' fundraising campaigns forces police officers to carry out enforcement of the law at the intersection of Highway 62 and Cardinal Avenue, a location that has been used by Medford firefighters during the fundraiser in past years.

Lance Gray, president of the local firefighters union board, spoke to Schoen and the Medford City Council on Thursday to discuss a possible exemption and other solutions that would allow firefighters to conduct their charity drive.

'They've asked for our input so they can have a safe and successful campaign,' Schoen said. 'It has to be legal and it has to be safe. We would be negligent if we'd told them anything else.'"

Friday, August 03, 2007

sonomanews.com

sonomanews.com: "A bill designed to encourage winetasting fundraisers was signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger on July 27."

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Rocky Mountain News - Denver and Colorado's reliable source for breaking news, sports and entertainment: Other Business

Rocky Mountain News - Denver and Colorado's reliable source for breaking news, sports and entertainment: Other Business: "Colorado's nonprofit sector has proposed a set of self-regulatory guidelines in the wake of recent scrutiny at both the state and federal level.

The trade group representing Colorado nonprofits has circulated a draft seeking comment on topics ranging from discouraging pay for board members to encouraging agencies to conduct annual reviews of their CEOs."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New law to speed state's payments to nonprofits

New law to speed state's payments to nonprofits: "New law to speed state's payments to nonprofits
By HEMA EASLEY
THE JOURNAL NEWS

(Original publication: July 31, 2007)

It is not unusual for the Association for the Visually Impaired to wait several months before it is reimbursed for services it has provided to clients, says its executive director, Laura Geberth.

Last year, nine months passed before the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped paid up for contracted services, and Geberth had to dip into other funds to pay staff. That's not as bad as having to take out a loan to make payments, which the nonprofit agency has had to do in the past, Geberth said."

Monday, July 30, 2007

Federal Times

Federal Times: "CFC donations set new record in 2006
July 27, 2007
Federal employees donated more than $271 million to various charity organizations during the 2006 Combined Federal Campaign, the Office of Personnel Management said July 26.
The 2006 season marked the fourth straight year CFC collection records were broken, OPM said."

Friday, July 27, 2007

bizjournals.com Business News: Law signed on nonprofit, government pacts - MSN Money

bizjournals.com Business News: Law signed on nonprofit, government pacts - MSN Money: "A new state law will ease the government contracting process for nonprofit organizations.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed legislation Thursday reforming how the state contracts with nonprofits. The intent is to improve accountability and timeliness in the process used by state agencies."

Friday, July 20, 2007

Provena appeals to keep its charity tax breaks -- chicagotribune.com

Provena appeals to keep its charity tax breaks -- chicagotribune.com: "Provena appeals to keep its charity tax breaks

By Bruce Japsen | Tribune staff reporter
8:13 AM CDT, July 20, 2007


SPRINGFIELD - Advocates for the uninsured and the nation's hospital industry are paying close attention to a state circuit courtroom in Sangamon County today Friday where Chicago-area hospital operator Provena Health is trying to get its property tax exemption restored at a facility in Urbana."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

St. Helena Star .::. LocalBusiness

St. Helena Star .::. LocalBusiness: "Senate OKs Evans' non-profit wine bill


Thursday, July 19, 2007 12:19 AM PDT

The State Senate passed a bill Monday to allow more vintners to donate and pour their wines at non-profit fund-raisers"

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Glebe plans to appeal ruling on tax-exempt status - Roanoke.com

Glebe plans to appeal ruling on tax-exempt status - Roanoke.com: "Glebe plans to appeal ruling on tax-exempt status
The facility's parent company will ask the Virginia Supreme Court to review the case.

By Jay Conley
981-3114

Virginia Baptist Homes will file an appeal with the Virginia Supreme Court asking it to reverse a Circuit Court judge's ruling that The Glebe, an upscale Botetourt County retirement community, does not meet state tax-exempt guidelines as a religious or benevolent organization.

'We are optimistic that the Supreme Court will hear our case and confirm what we believe, that the operation of The Glebe is indeed benevolent and religious, and that it is entitled to the exemption granted to Virginia Baptist Homes by the General Assembly,' said Randall Robinson, Virginia Baptist Home's president."

Monday, July 16, 2007

News-Leader.com | Updates - News

News-Leader.com | Updates - News: "Gov. Matt Blunt announced today that the Missouri Department of Economic Development has approved roughly $1.8 million in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits for eight Missouri not-for-profit organizations."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Archives: Story-New law eases paperwork for charities with limited gaming

Archives: Story: "New law eases paperwork for charities with limited gaming

Charities that operate only limited gaming for fund-raising now have less paperwork, thanks to legislation supported by Governor Ernie Fletcher and passed by the 2007 Kentucky General Assembly. The legislation, House Bill 156, took effect June 26."

Monday, July 09, 2007

The NonProfitTimes - eNewsletter-U.S. Supreme Court OKs Advocacy And Faith Funding

From the Nonprofit Times Weekly eNewsletter

The NonProfitTimes - eNewsletter: "July 9, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court OKs Advocacy And Faith Funding

Both faith-based and secular charities were on the winning side of decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court as it handed down its ruling before recessing for the summer."

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Sun-Times - News

The Sun-Times - News: "New bingo, raffle rules take effect soon

Published: Thursday, July 5, 2007 5:04 PM CDT
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(Submitted by Rep. Lance Reynolds)

Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment last November legalizing charitable bingo and raffles. Those games can begin in earnest starting July 31. The state Department of Finance and Administration recently drew up rules and regulations for the operation of those games. In another precursor to the amendment taking effect and to the games being played, lawmakers this past session approved enabling legislation, Act 388 of 2007, establishing other rules for the games."

Monday, June 18, 2007

New IRS form targets charities' salaries - The Boston Globe

New IRS form targets charities' salaries - The Boston Globe: "New IRS form targets charities' salaries

By Sacha Pfeiffer and Beth Healy, Globe Staff | June 17, 2007

The charitable world is about to get a taste of the type of scrutiny over pay and governance that has become typical in corporate America -- courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.


In the wake of numerous financial scandals at charities nationwide , the federal tax agency is introducing a new reporting form that would make it much harder for nonprofit organizations to conceal excessive salaries, lavish spending, and conflicts of interest."

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education - Inside Higher Ed :: IRS Draws Lines for Political Advocacy

Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education - Inside Higher Ed :: IRS Draws Lines for Political Advocacy: "As the 2008 campaign begins to heat up, the Internal Revenue Service — which is responsible for carrying out federal tax law that restricts political activity by nonprofit organizations — has issued guidelines aimed at giving colleges and other tax-exempt organizations practical advice about where the lines are and how not to cross them."

Monday, June 11, 2007

GuideStar - News - Articles - IRS Updates, June 2007: Public Disclosure of IRS Form 990-T and Political Activities of Exempt Organizations

IRS UPDATE VIA Guidestar


GuideStar - News - Articles - IRS Updates, June 2007: Public Disclosure of IRS Form 990-T and Political Activities of Exempt Organizations: "IRS Updates, June 2007: Public Disclosure of IRS Form 990-T and Political Activities of Exempt Organizations

Note: The following discussion is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal or tax advice. For specific information about public disclosure of Form 990-T and political activities of exempt organizations, consult your attorney or tax adviser.

Last month, the IRS released interim guidance on public inspection of Form 990-T. Earlier this month, the service also published guidance on political activity by exempt organizations."

The Morning News: News : Bingo, Raffles Legal Under New State Law

The Morning News: News : Bingo, Raffles Legal Under New State Law: "Elks, veterans and Little Leaguers may need a little time before they know how new state regulations will affect their games of chance.

The new rules for legally operating games of chance confused many.

Hugh Wilson, Fayetteville-Springdale Elks Lodge, said his group might not be able to afford continuing bingo given taxes on cards and annual fees."

Nonprofits growing in Vermont: Times Argus Online

Nonprofits growing in Vermont: Times Argus Online: "Nonprofits growing in Vermont
State offers little oversight of groups
June 10, 2007

By PATRICK McARDLE Staff Writer

Vermont has approximately 7,400 registered nonprofit organizations, but that's the only number associated with this important sector of the economy that is possible to pin down.

That's because the state doesn't keep tabs on nonprofits once they've registered with the secretary of state. And the organization that did, the Vermont Association of Nonprofit Organizations, itself a nonprofit, went under a year ago. VANPO was forced to close abruptly for financial reasons June 16, 2006."

Friday, June 01, 2007

SJ-R.COM - State may get more plates

SJ-R.COM - State may get more plates: "Despite concerns expressed by law enforcement officials, Illinois legislators this year may add more than a dozen new specialty license plates to the 60-plus already available."

Grant program reforms on the way : State will help county create a 'more objective process' - Government

Grant program reforms on the way : State will help county create a 'more objective process' - Government: "Starting in September, nonprofits seeking county funds can go through the state's charity boot camp.
As part of reforms to the county's grant process announced this morning, Gov. Martin O'Malley's Grant Office agreed to provide free training to county nonprofits on how to secure private funding and to ensure money granted by Anne Arundel county is leveraged into results."

Princeton eating club qualifies for tax-exempt status - Newsday.com

Princeton eating club qualifies for tax-exempt status - Newsday.com: "NEWARK, N.J. -- An exclusive Princeton club is entitled to tax-exempt status as a historic site because it met the standards that were in place when it applied for a break on property taxes, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The 7-0 ruling by New Jersey's highest court is a victory for University Cottage Club, one of about 10 private clubs that have served generations of Princeton University students and alumni."

Friday, May 25, 2007

Better regulation of charities on way: official

Better regulation of charities on way: official: "Better regulation of charities on way: official
By Wu Jiao (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-05-25 07:07

China is considering legislation to better regulate organizations involved in charities, a senior civil affairs official said.

'The ministry is preparing the draft of a charity law,' Li Liguo, vice-minister of civil affairs, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

'Regulations on disaster-relief donations will also be amended to eradicate illegal and messy fundraising activities.'"

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Scoop: Government encourages generosity

Scoop: Government encourages generosity: "Government encourages generosity
Thursday, 17 May 2007, 4:20 pm
Press Release: Philanthropy New Zealand
Media Statement
For Immediate Release

17 May 2007

Government encourages generosity by removing tax rebate

Philanthropy New Zealand welcomes the Government’s budget commitment to remove the tax rebate threshold for individuals and companies donating to charities.

Philanthropy New Zealand Executive Director Robyn Scott says the Government’s decisions will create a more conducive tax environment for New Zealanders to give to their communities."

· IN-FORUM ·

· IN-FORUM ·: "A new law encourages North Dakota businesses to make gifts to qualified charitable endowments.

“North Dakota is one of only a handful of states with this tax credit, and we’re very pleased to have it,” said Michael Hannaher, director of development for the nonprofit Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation."

POST-TRIBUNE :: News :: Tax law gives nonprofits second chance

POST-TRIBUNE :: News :: Tax law gives nonprofits second chance: "Tax law gives nonprofits second chance

May 17, 2007
By John Byrne Post-Tribune staff writer

GARY -- For Ella Bush, a new tax law pushed through the Indiana General Assembly is more than a way to save a few bucks.

It's a lifeline for the not-for-profit she works for.

Bush, executive director of the Images of Hope community organization, says House Bill 1767 may keep the not-for-profit open"

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Tax-Exempt Organizations - 10 May 2007

New Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Tax-Exempt Organizations - 10 May 2007: "New Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Tax-Exempt Organizations

AccountingWEB.com - May 10, 2007 - Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations that previously were not required to file returns may be required to file an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations not Required To File Form 990 or 990-EZ. This filing requirement applies to tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Journal

The Journal: "MARTINSBURG — Secretary of State Betty Ireland is enabling West Virginians to research the charitable organizations they wish to donate to by listing how those charities allocate their money.

Ireland announced Tuesday that she will list on the secretary of state’s Web site how much of the money an organization receives goes toward the charity’s programs versus to management and funding costs."

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Editorial: Government, charity can’t mix secretly - Examiner.com

Editorial: Government, charity can’t mix secretly - Examiner.com: "BALTIMORE (Map, News) - No one argues about the constitutionality of giving taxpayer dollars to charity anymore. The only uproar comes from nonprofits, like those in Anne Arundel County who would lose funding in next year’s proposed budget, when they cannot count on government largesse.

But the debate about whether, not just how much and who should receive grants, must be a worthy topic for government at all levels"

Monday, May 07, 2007

WebCPA | Redesign for Form 990 on the Way

WebCPA | Redesign for Form 990 on the Way: "Redesign for Form 990 on the Way

Washington (May 7, 2007) - The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to redesign its Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,” according to published reports.
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The forms must be filed by nonprofit organizations as a way to allow donors to see how a charity handles donations, as well as a way for the government to ensure that the organization deserves its tax-exempt status. An estimated 400,000 nonprofits filed the form last year."

Bill would limit pay for nonprofit executives

Bill would limit pay for nonprofit executives: "AUGUSTA -- Sen. Elizabeth Schneider, D-Orono, doesn't think nonprofits in Maine that receive government funding should be allowed to pay their top executives more than $250,000 a year.

She's sponsoring a bill, Legislative Document 1792, that would limit compensation for officers and directors of nonprofits."

Star-Telegram.com | 05/07/2007 | Proposal for bingo: Pay charities or shut down

Star-Telegram.com | 05/07/2007 | Proposal for bingo: Pay charities or shut down: "Losing at bingo could get a lot more costly -- for Texas charities.

Nonprofit groups that operate at a loss would be kicked out of the game under proposed legislation."

Friday, May 04, 2007

Salt Lake Tribune - Nonprofits get an online boost

Salt Lake Tribune - Nonprofits get an online boost: "Nonprofits get an online boost
By Paul Beebe
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 05/03/2007 11:43:02 PM MDT



In a new step, the state of Utah is offering online business registration for nonprofit groups and limited liability companies"

Friday, April 27, 2007

Kansas.com | 04/27/2007 | All nonprofits should be exempt from sales taxes

Kansas.com | 04/27/2007 | All nonprofits should be exempt from sales taxes: "A donor's gift to many nonprofit organizations is diminished by up to 7.3 percent, because the nonprofits have to pay sales tax on their purchases paid with contributed funds. The problem is not that some nonprofits have sales-tax exemptions, which they do. The difficulty lies in the inconsistency with which the exemptions are applied."

Monday, April 23, 2007

Charities and community facilities - Government of Alberta

Charities and community facilities - Government of Alberta: "Charities and Community Facilities

Charities

Alberta’s tax credit for total annual charitable donations over $200 will increase to 21 per cent from 12.75 per cent. When combined with the federal charitable donations credit, Albertans will receive a 50 cent tax credit for every dollar donated over the $200 threshold."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

adn.com | our view : Share that dividend

adn.com | our view : Share that dividend: "Share that dividend

Bill aims to boost Alaska giving

Published: April 18, 2007
Last Modified: April 18, 2007 at 02:49 AM

The state House voted 35-0 Monday to allow e-savvy Alaskans to contribute part or all of their PFDs to Alaska charities."

KTUU.com | Alaska's news and information source | Legislation would make food donations tax-free

KTUU.com | Alaska's news and information source | Legislation would make food donations tax-free: "Legislation would make food donations tax-free

by The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would amend the federal tax code to make corporate charitable donations of food to Natives tax deductible, increasing food donations for Alaska Natives and American Indians."

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

adn.com | legislature : PFD donations bill OK'd by House, on to Senate

adn.com | legislature : PFD donations bill OK'd by House, on to Senate: "PFD donations bill OK'd by House, on to Senate

Published: April 17, 2007
Last Modified: April 17, 2007 at 02:59 AM

JUNEAU --The House unanimously passed a bill Monday enabling residents to donate money to charities through their Permanent Fund Dividend check."

Thursday, April 12, 2007

courant.com | Dropping The Ball?

courant.com | Dropping The Ball?: "Dropping The Ball?
Tax-Exempt NCAA Under Fire As Colleges Perform End Run Around Academic Rules
April 12, 2007
ALLEN L. SACK

Now that the madness of the NCAA's Championship Basketball Tournament has subsided, Americans have moved on to more mundane concerns like meeting the April 17 deadline for filing federal income tax returns. Ironically, the organization that staged the Final Four and walked away with about $500 million from the sale of television rights to CBS pays no taxes whatsoever."

Journal Gazette | 04/12/2007 | Senate OKs assault on illegal gambling

Journal Gazette | 04/12/2007 | Senate OKs assault on illegal gambling: "Senate OKs assault on illegal gambling
By Niki Kelly
The Journal Gazette
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted 38-11 Wednesday to crack down on illegal gambling while loosening some charity gaming rules."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Independent Sector Urges Increased IRS FY2008 Budget :: PNNOnline ::

Independent Sector Urges Increased IRS FY2008 Budget :: PNNOnline ::: "Independent Sector Urges Increased IRS FY2008 Budget
Posted by: laurakujawski on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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Independent Sector urges the House-Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Financial Services and General Government to give strong consideration to increasing the fiscal year 2008 budget for the Internal Revenue Service. An increased IRS budget would allow the agency to offer and improve upon the resources that educate nonprofit organizations about new and existing tax laws, as well as provide the enforcement resources that deter intentional noncompliance."

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Stephen Barr - New Rules Have Charities Clamoring to Participate in Workplace Drive - washingtonpost.com

Stephen Barr - New Rules Have Charities Clamoring to Participate in Workplace Drive - washingtonpost.com: "New Rules Have Charities Clamoring to Participate in Workplace Drive
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By Stephen Barr
Tuesday, April 10, 2007; Page D03

When the rules change, the pressure to read the trend data grows.

That's the case this year with the nation's largest workplace charity drive, the Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC in the National Capital Area is the largest of the local drives -- about $60 million was collected for charities and nonprofit organizations last year -- and local officials are watching to see the impact of the new rules on the 2007 solicitations."

Friday, March 30, 2007

courant.com | Mood Tense Over Ethics

courant.com | Mood Tense Over Ethics: "Slossberg is proposing a new layer of judicial review and other restrictions in response to a decision by the Citizens Ethics Advisory Board that, for a time, barred charitable gifts to state universities."

Thursday, March 29, 2007

News Release - GASB Proposes Standards for Reporting Land and Other Real Estate Held as Investments

News Release - GASB Proposes Standards for Reporting Land and Other Real Estate Held as Investments: "NEWS RELEASE 03/23/07
GASB Proposes Standards for Reporting Land and Other Real Estate Held as Investments

Norwalk, CT, March 23, 2007—The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) today issued a proposal related to the reporting of land and other real estate investments by endowments. Current accounting standards require endowments to report those investments at historical cost, although other entities that exist for the purpose of generating income—such as pension plans—report them at their fair value."

Seven Days: Leahy Bill Would Give Artists Full Value for Donations

Seven Days: Leahy Bill Would Give Artists Full Value for Donations: "Leahy Bill Would Give Artists Full Value for Donations
ART (03.28.07)



SEN. PATRICK LEAHY

It’s been a grim decade for arts funding, between federal and state cuts to arts organizations and a precipitous dip in private philanthropic donations. In an era of heartrending disasters from tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, giving money to artists and other traditional nonprofits has perhaps been considered secondary."

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

American Chronicle: “Giving is not keeping!”: Sen. Grassley declares war on art donation tax dodge

American Chronicle: “Giving is not keeping!”: Sen. Grassley declares war on art donation tax dodge: "Grassley is tight as bark on a tree and Iowans respect that. But now the man known as the patron saint of whistle blowers and the most underestimated man in Washington was recently given a new title by the New York Times– “the man museums love to hate”.

It seems Grassley’s spied something through his green eyeshade that didn’t add up. Art collectors, using something known as “fractional giving” were donating major works of art over the course of several years, allowing them to spread out tax write-offs and benefit from any appreciation in the pieces–all while retaining them until they’ve exhausted the tax advantage. As it was intended, fractional giving let donors give, for example, 25 percent of a work, keep it in their possession nine months of the year and let the museum display it for three months. But transporting priceless works of art was hazardous and costly so many institutions waved their right to display the pieces until they eventually owned them outright. But this didn’t sit well with the Iowa senator."

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Opinion - Editorial: Paperless charity bingo - sacbee.com

Opinion - Editorial: Paperless charity bingo - sacbee.com: "Editorial: Paperless charity bingo
Is it bingo or illegal slots?

Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Story appeared in EDITORIALS section, Page B6

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Sacramento County supervisors are set to vote today on a new ordinance that would authorize certain types of electronic bingo machines at charity bingo parlors and outlaw other types. This is not your old-fashioned charity bingo, the kind that once was played in church basements, where a caller picked numbers in a room full of seniors armed with daubers to mark their half-dozen bingo cards."

Nonprofits should resist lure of slot machines

Nonprofits should resist lure of slot machines: "There are so many things wrong with a bill to allow nonprofit organizations to offer slot machine gambling that we hardly know where to start.

LD 890 would allow any nonprofit group that is already licensed for beano games to also operate five slot machines. The bill's proponents -- which include fraternal organizations such as the Elks and the American Legion -- say that racino gambling in Bangor at Hollywood Slots has cut traditional Bingo revenues by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the only way to maintain their ability to raise money for charitable activities is by competing with Hollywood Slots. Five slot machines at a time."
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Monday, March 26, 2007

Nonprofit head believes Dems will be easier on tax-exempts

Nonprofit head believes Dems will be easier on tax-exempts: "Nonprofit head believes Dems will be easier on tax-exempts

Saturday, March 24, 2007
By Dan Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National nonprofit leader Diana Aviv does not believe Democrats will go after tax-exempt organizations the way Republicans did while in control of Congress.

Large-scale reform of charities and foundations 'is not a priority' of the new Democratic majority, the chief executive officer of Washington, D.C.-based Independent Sector said yesterday at Downtown nonprofit symposium hosted by local nonprofit consulting firm Dewey & Kaye. Her group, which represents 575 nonprofit organizations across the United States, is chaired by The Pittsburgh Foundation's Bill Trueheart."

Michigan may tax wealthy estates

Michigan may tax wealthy estates: "Michigan may tax wealthy estates
Affecting few, idea could be easier to sell

March 25, 2007

BY KATHLEEN GRAY

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Gov. Jennifer Granholm's idea for a 2% tax on most services might be dead, but her proposal to impose a stiff tax on the estates of wealthy Michiganders is alive.

The tax between 8% and 16% on estates worth more than $2 million -- estimated at about 350 each year in Michigan -- is among Granholm's proposals to balance the state budget. It would generate $119 million in revenues for the 2007-08 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and more than $130 million in subsequent years."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bill to ease charitable giving heads to governor - Boston.com

Bill to ease charitable giving heads to governor - Boston.com: "March 22, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --A bill making it easier for part-time residents to make charitable donations heads to Gov. Carcieri.
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House lawmakers passed the bill today unanimously. It was previously adopted by the state Senate.

The bill blocks Rhode Island tax authorities from considering a person's charitable donations when deciding where he lives -- and where he should pay taxes"

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Daily Times - www.delmarvanow.com - Salisbury, Md.-"Gaming permit changes alarm charities

The Daily Times - www.delmarvanow.com - Salisbury, Md.: "Gaming permit changes alarm charities
By Beth Ward
Staff Writer

OCEAN CITY -- Worcester County organizations may have a harder time raising funds with the State's Attorney's Office revealing the county has been issuing multiple gaming device permits in error.

The permits are for fundraising efforts such as casino nights, instant bingo tickets and Texas hold 'em tournaments often utilized by nonprofit organizations."
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IRS continues crackdown on nonprofit executive pay

IRS continues crackdown on nonprofit executive pay: "IRS continues crackdown on nonprofit executive pay
Monday, March 19, 2007
Robin J. Moody - Portland Business Journal

The Internal Revenue Service has slapped 40 nonprofit executives with $21 million in tax penalties to atone for excessive salaries, and asked 600 nonprofits to refile their taxes due to address inaccuracies.

Oregon nonprofits were likely among the 1,826 charities and foundations of all sizes examined during the review, but the IRS did not disclose the names of the groups it scrutinized."

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bill could erase nonprofit tax debts

Bill could erase nonprofit tax debts


"NDIANAPOLIS | Region nonprofits charged property taxes because of missing paperwork could get a clean slate under a plan being considered by state lawmakers.

About 15 to 20 charitable groups failed to file annual tax exempt forms with the county and were subsequently charged tax bills ranging from a few thousand dollars to more than $100,000, Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen Jr. said"

onPhilanthropy: Earmarks to Continue... As They Should

From OnPhilanthropy

onPhilanthropy: Earmarks to Continue... As They Should: "Viewpoint: Earmarks to Continue… As They Should
By: Mark McIntyre, 3/14/2007


To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of congressional earmarks has been greatly exaggerated. Earmarks, those non-competitive, congressionally approved grants so tirelessly (and hypocritically) criticized by the Executive Branch, will return in this year’s appropriations bills.

And they should. Earmarks are good."

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

PokerPages News: Bills to Legalize Poker & Casinos in Texas Introduced

PokerPages News: Bills to Legalize Poker & Casinos in Texas Introduced: "The legislation also specifically allows for charitable poker, which would be overseen again by the Lottery Commission. HB 3186 would mean bigger and more successful regular charitable tournaments benefiting a variety of important Texas causes.

'Charitable poker means more Texans win,' said Lavigne. 'Texas charities are losing out on millions of dollars due to the antiquated laws governing the game.'"
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Morning News: Topics : Senate OKs Bingo Guidelines, Rebuffs Driver's License Changes

The Morning News: Topics : Senate OKs Bingo Guidelines, Rebuffs Driver's License Changes: "LITTLE ROCK -- The Senate approved legislation Monday that would set guidelines for legalizing charitable bingo and raffles and defeated a bill to raise the minimum driving age to 15 and place restrictions on other young drivers."
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Stephen Barr - OPM Chief Defends Charity Campaign - washingtonpost.com

Stephen Barr - OPM Chief Defends Charity Campaign - washingtonpost.com: "OPM Chief Defends Charity Campaign

By Stephen Barr
Tuesday, March 13, 2007; Page D04

Rushing to address concerns that charities seeking donations in the federal workplace will no longer be held accountable, President Bush's chief civil service adviser said yesterday that the charities 'are receiving appropriate scrutiny.'"

Monday, March 12, 2007

Napa Valley Register | Nonprofits say wine donations vital to operations

Napa Valley Register | Nonprofits say wine donations vital to operations: "Nonprofits say wine donations vital to operations
By JACK HEEGER
Register Staff Writer
Friday, March 09, 2007

Nonprofit organizations around the state are holding their breath. When legislation passes and is signed by the governor allowing vintners to pour wine at charitable events regardless of the type of licenses they hold, those same organizations will breathe a sigh of relief."

Friday, March 09, 2007

PACKETONLINE News Classifieds Entertainment Business - Princeton and Central New Jersey - Cottage Club makes plea before state Supreme Court

PACKETONLINE News Classifieds Entertainment Business - Princeton and Central New Jersey - Cottage Club makes plea before state Supreme Court: "The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments this week from the University Cottage Club on its appeal to become exempt from Princeton Borough's tax rolls based on the argument that the building is a historic site and the club is a nonprofit organization."

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

WebCPA | Report: IRS Completes Round of Estate-Tax Staff Cuts

WebCPA | Report: IRS Completes Round of Estate-Tax Staff Cuts: "Washington (March 5, 2007) - The Internal Revenue Service completed a round of staff cuts in recent weeks, letting go nearly 100 employees from the division that oversees gift- and estate-tax returns, according to published reports."

Monday, March 05, 2007

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "CFC Confusion
More charities, switched ID numbers, stir worry

By Mark Hrywna
Unhappy with the recent changes to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and the response from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), some charity leaders are taking their plight to Congress.

The major concerns are that the identification numbers long-term donors have come to expect for their favorite charity have changed and the requirement that charities spend no more than 25 percent on overhead has been dropped."

Congress to create new caucus on philanthropy - Examiner.com

Congress to create new caucus on philanthropy - Examiner.com: "WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives will put the spotlight on nonprofits this session with the establishment of a bipartisan caucus dedicated to the sector, The Examiner has learned.

Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., will co-chair the first-ever Congressional Philanthropy Caucus, and there are hopes for a matching caucus on the Senate side."

Friday, February 23, 2007

Times Ledger - Cuomo attempts to update state charities Web site

Times Ledger - Cuomo attempts to update state charities Web site: "Just days before Gov. Eliot Spitzer left his post as attorney general he issued a press release urging citizens to be more aware of the charities they have chosen for donations.

Unfortunately for New York residents, they have not been able to check for themselves if a nonprofit is in good standing with the state for the past several weeks because his successor as attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, is updating the Web site."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

City asking nonprofits for consistent contributions

City asking nonprofits for consistent contributions: "City asking nonprofits for consistent contributions
Organizations' contributions varied widely

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nonprofit groups gave widely different amounts to Pittsburgh under a voluntary agreement to help the city with its financial crisis."

Thursday, February 15, 2007

BillingsGazette.com :: Nonprofits fight bill on openness

BillingsGazette.com :: Nonprofits fight bill on openness: "Nonprofits fight bill on openness

By CHARLES S. JOHNSON
Gazette State Bureau
HELENA - Disagreeing with the Schweitzer administration, officials from Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corp. and Student Assistance Foundation said Wednesday they already conduct business openly and fought being placed under state open meetings laws.

House Bill 578, by Rep. John Musgrove, D-Havre, would put the two nonprofits under the state open meetings law and require that they furnish copies of their financial audits to the legislative auditor."

Journal Gazette | 02/15/2007 | Panel backs charity-run gaming

Journal Gazette | 02/15/2007 | Panel backs charity-run gaming: "General Assembly
Panel backs charity-run gaming
By Niki Kelly
The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Non-profits could allow their employees to work on qualified charitable events under an amendment to a charity gaming bill passed by the House Public Policy Committee on Wednesday.

The change comes largely in response to complaints from Allen County organizations worried they could no longer conduct charity gaming fundraising events under current state rules."

County may allow park patrons to add donations onto fees

County may allow park patrons to add donations onto fees: "County may allow park patrons to add donations onto fees

Thursday, February 15, 2007
By Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Visitors to Settler's Cabin Park soon might have a way to donate to the county facilities they have enjoyed.

When they rent a pavilion or shelter at an Allegheny County park, they will be able to add to their fee as a donation to the park."

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Hampton Union Local News: Poker games up ante in gaming fight

Hampton Union Local News: Poker games up ante in gaming fight: "Poker games up ante in gaming fight

By Susan Morse
smorse@seacoastonline.com

SEABROOK -- As a bill makes its way through the Legislature to eliminate greyhound racing, the local track is diversifying and expanding its revenue through charity-run games of chance.

Texas Hold'Em tournaments expanded from four to five nights a week in early January at the Seabrook Greyhound Park on Route 107. The poker games pay money prizes, and reap gains for charitable organizations sponsoring them."

Bill sets tax breaks for education donors | ajc.com

Bill sets tax breaks for education donors | ajc.com:
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"corporations and individuals would get tax breaks for making donations that help low-income or disabled children attend private schools under new legislation sponsored by the chairman of the House Rules Committee, Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs).

Donations for extracurricular activities and innovative education at private or public schools — such as pre-k, art, band uniforms and foreign languages — also would get tax breaks.

The legislation creates two new nonprofit designations: the Student Scholarship Organization and the Education Improvement Organization. The second group would provide funds for school programs."

Monday, February 12, 2007

· IN-FORUM ·

· IN-FORUM ·: "Poker legislation has had a run of bad luck in the North Dakota Legislature, where representatives have defeated proposals to raise betting limits and increase the number of times charities could offer the game.

North Dakota charities may run poker tournaments but they are limited to two per year for each organization, with a maximum bet of $1. Under those circumstances, few charities are eager to offer poker, said Rep. William Kretschmar, R-Venturia."

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Service Alberta - Home: "How to Register a Charitable Organization


* Who must be registered?
* Who does not need to be registered?
* Registration Requirements
* Additional Information
* Legislation

Last Updated: March 2004

Who must be registered?

A charitable organization must be registered under the Charitable Fund-raising Act if:

* it uses a fund-raising business, and/or
* it intends to raise more than $25,000 in gross contributions in its financial year from solicitations (requests for contributions) to individuals in Alberta.
* during or after the campaign it finds it has raised more than $25,000. If so, the charity must register within 45 days after the contributions reach $25,000."

Friday, February 09, 2007

Arkansas News Bureau - Bingo regulations still on track, lawmakers say

Arkansas News Bureau - Bingo regulations still on track, lawmakers say: "Bingo regulations still on track, lawmakers say
Friday, Feb 9, 2007

By Rob Moritz
Arkansas News Bureau
LITTLE ROCK - New legislation intended to establish regulations for conducting charitable bingo and raffles addresses concerns raised in an attorney general's about a new constitutional amendment authorizing the games, legislators said Thursday.

In an opinion Wednesday, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said the constitutional amendment passed by voters in November does not allow a charity to hire someone to run bingo games.

Sen. Steve Faris, D-Malvern, asked for the opinion because of concerns that there was an loophole in the amendment that could lead to bingo halls and casinos.

'I felt like we needed some clear direction on whether the amendment passed by voters was written in a way that allows these groups to come in,' Faris said Thursday."

Giving back: The realities of working at a nonprofit - Feb. 8, 2007

Giving back: The realities of working at a nonprofit - Feb. 8, 2007: "ortune) -- Dear Annie: After almost 30 years working in finance and administration (for three big companies and one startup), I'd like to make a radical career change. During my entire adult life so far, I've been active with a couple of volunteer organizations, and on the board of one of them, and I'm wondering how practical it might be to think about working full time for a nonprofit.

Assuming there are charities that could use my business skills, how do I start job hunting? Are there recruiters who specialize in nonprofits? Will I have to take a huge pay cut? -Ready and Willing"

From the Crow's nest: Recycling the wealth

From the Crow's nest: Recycling the wealth: "From the Crow's nest: Recycling the wealth
By Ed Chrostowski

At a time when critics are calling for repeal of the federal estate tax, support for extending it comes from unlikely sources — Bill Gates, one of the nation’s wealthiest men, for example.

There is no such backing for Connecticut’s estate tax. In fact, a loud cry for eliminating it once again echoes through the halls of the General Assembly."

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Okla. Senate Committee Passes Bill Protecting Volunteers from Lawsuits

Okla. Senate Committee Passes Bill Protecting Volunteers from Lawsuits: "Okla. Senate Committee Passes Bill Protecting Volunteers from Lawsuits

February 7, 2007

A measure that will exempt volunteers who provide transportation services for charitable organizations or not-for-profit corporations from liability lawsuits passed out of the Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee."

SitNews - Charitable raffles and lotteries bill introduced

SitNews - Charitable raffles and lotteries bill introduced: "Charitable raffles and lotteries bill introduced


February 07, 2007
Wednesday AM

Not-for-profit organizations will be able to promote charitable raffles and lotteries by way of radio or television broadcasting under legislation recently introduced by Representative Kyle Johansen (R-Ketchikan)."

Governor To Sign Legislation For Aid To Fallen Firefighters - News

Governor To Sign Legislation For Aid To Fallen Firefighters - News: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign legislation in Cabazon on Wednesday allowing the families of five firefighters who died battling the Esperanza wildfire to collect more than $1.3 million in public donations without paying state taxes."

Friday, February 02, 2007

Community News - Reilly gives away 2006 salary to nonprofits

Community News - Reilly gives away 2006 salary to nonprofits: "ALBANY - Assemblyman Bob Reilly (D-Clifton Park) kept his campaign pledge to take no salary for the second year in a row and instead has distributed his entire legislative pay to appreciative organizations within his district.
The Jan. 25 ceremony held in the bowels of the Legislative Office Building in Albany drew 50 interested parties to witness and receive the grants. Reilly and his three-person selection committee doled out checks to 17 organizations totaling $72,400, the amount he earned as an Assemblyman in 2006."

cbs2.com - Assembly Approves Fallen Firefighters Bill

cbs2.com - Assembly Approves Fallen Firefighters Bill: "he Assembly unanimously approved a bill Thursday to aid the families of the five firefighters who died in the arson-caused Esperanza fire last October.

Senate Bill 41, the California Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act, was approved in a vote Thursday morning, Assemblyman John Benoit, R-Palm Desert, who co-authored the bill said."

Monday, January 29, 2007

ContraCostaTimes.com | 01/28/2007 | Richmond groups get charitable boost

ContraCostaTimes.com | 01/28/2007 | Richmond groups get charitable boost: "OUR NEIGHBORS: CHRIS TREADWAY
Richmond groups get charitable boost

Since its founding in 1921 in Oakland, Soroptimist International has grown into the largest organization for business and professional women in the world, with more than 3,000 chapters.

The Richmond chapter was chartered in March 1939, and ever since, the local group has raised money that it gives annually to community causes. That tradition continued at a Jan. 11 luncheon at historic Rockefeller Lodge in San Pablo, when the Richmond Soroptimists awarded $45,000 to local organizations that provide services and programs to the community."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Financial Advisor Magazine-Charitable IRA Rollovers Prove Popular

Financial Advisor Magazine:
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"Now groups including the NCPG, the American Council on Gift Annuities, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Independent Sector are working on legislation that would make the rollovers permanent, remove contribution limits and allow donors to give money through trusts and donor-advised funds.
A version of the expanded provision passed both houses of Congress in the last session, but didn't make it into committee. Johnson and others in the sector say they expect the new legislation to be introduced in this session of Congress."

Friday, January 19, 2007

Lawmakers to consider ethics changes to help college donations - Newsday.com

Lawmakers to consider ethics changes to help college donations - Newsday.com: "The Office of State Ethics is working to revamp a new law so it doesn't cost state schools and universities millions of dollars in corporate donations for scholarships and research.

The law, a reaction to recent government scandals, is designed to prevent contractors who do business with the state from using gifts to buy access and influence."

Seacoast Online Breaking News: N.H. court clarifies rules for tax-exempt nonprofits

Seacoast Online Breaking News: N.H. court clarifies rules for tax-exempt nonprofits: "N.H. court clarifies rules for tax-exempt nonprofits

By Katharine Webster, Associated Press Writer

CONCORD - In a broad ruling Thursday, the state Supreme Court clarified the standards nonprofit organizations must meet to win exemption from local property taxes.

The ruling came in a dispute between Eldertrust of Florida Inc. and the town of Epsom, where Eldertrust owns a nursing home, Epsom Manor, and an assisted living facility, Heartland Place."

Thursday, January 18, 2007

MaltaToday

MaltaToday: "NGOs slam voluntary organisations bill as Big Brother paternalism

James Debono
The Voluntary Organisations Bill may prove to become a boomerang for Maltese non-governmental organisations. After being the first to call for a law to regulate the voluntary sector, they are now up in arms against a bill they fear will stifle their independence."

The Morning News: Topics : Panel Proposed To Oversee Charitable Bingo, Raffles

The Morning News: Topics : Panel Proposed To Oversee Charitable Bingo, Raffles: "Despite approval in November of a constitutional amendment that allows charitable bingo and raffles in Arkansas, it will be July 1 before people can legally begin playing the games, according to a bill filed Wednesday in the Legislature.

Senate Bill 87 by Sen. Steve Faris, D-Malvern, would create a five-member Charitable Bingo and Raffles Oversight Commission, It would be responsible for developing rules to govern raffles and charitable bingo games in Arkansas."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The York Daily Record - Clubs: Raffle law is unfair

The York Daily Record - Clubs: Raffle law is unfair: "Clubs: Raffle law is unfair
Inspections of nonprofits' games of chance aren't because of casinos, official says.
By TOM JOYCE
Daily Record/Sunday News
Article Launched: 01/15/2007 06:40:35 AM EST

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Jan 15, 2007 — American Legion Post No. 799 in Pleasureville has been complying with the law in recent months. And it has been losing money as a result, according to post commander John Crimmins.

Before that, members didn't realize they were violating the law, Crimmins said. Like other American Legion posts and a lot of other nonprofit clubs, volunteer fire companies and churches, the post raises money through small games of chance, such as raffles and strip tickets."

New law revives CSUB's annual Casino Night - Today's Paper > Local News | Bakersfield.com - Kern County news, events, shopping & search

New law revives CSUB's annual Casino Night - Today's Paper > Local News | Bakersfield.com - Kern County news, events, shopping & search: "New law revives CSUB's annual Casino Night
BY SHELLIE BRANCO, Californian staff writer
e-mail: sbranco@bakersfield.com | Monday, Jan 15 2007 10:35 PM

Last Updated: Monday, Jan 15 2007 10:42 PM

Cal State Bakersfield knows how to hold 'em, but last year, had to fold 'em.

The school had to remove the casino from its annual Casino Night dinner and fundraiser last February after the California Attorney General's office cracked down on nonprofit gambling fundraisers.

Now a new state law is bringing the school back to the big table."

Monday, January 08, 2007

Charitable giving making a difference

Charitable giving making a difference: "he local philanthropic scene is also doing well. Gloria Royal, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's vice president for marketing communications, reported that 2006 gifts are at $11 million, a slight increase over the 2005 number. However, last year's contributions are still being counted, so the final figure is not known.

Royal said the foundation was especially pleased with 2006 congressional tax legislation that provided incentives for wealthy people to give to charity. Royal said that 12 people took advantage of the legislation and pledged a collective $24 million to the foundation."

California Chronicle: Benoit Legislation Will Remove Hurdle Blocking Money for Firefighters’ Families

California Chronicle: Benoit Legislation Will Remove Hurdle Blocking Money for Firefighters’ Families: "Benoit’s legislation, Assembly Bill 108, is needed to conform California law to the federal change – the last step to clear the way for the families to receive the money.

“When people come together to support the families of fallen firefighters, it is indefensible for the government to get in their way,” Benoit said. “I urge my colleagues in the Legislature to act quickly, so these donations can help five families who are struggling to put their lives back together after their tragic losses.”"

Saban: Will college football remain tax-exempt? - The Clarion-Ledger

Saban: Will college football remain tax-exempt? - The Clarion-Ledger: "Saban: Will college football remain tax-exempt?

New University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban's reported $32 million ($4 million annually) contract may bring renewed scrutiny of big time college athletics by Congress.

USA Today reported Friday that the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has asked the NCAA to explain - among other things - why coaches are paid so much and whether athletic departments with up to $105 million in revenue deserve tax-exempt status."

Friday, January 05, 2007

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 01/05/2007 | Nonprofits get billions from state but oversight lacking, study says

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 01/05/2007 | Nonprofits get billions from state but oversight lacking, study says: "Nonprofits get billions from state but oversight lacking, study says
BY RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
Pioneer Press

Minnesota paid nonprofit organizations $4.7 billion in 2005 but lacked proper oversight of nonprofit grants and had a 'fragmented and inconsistent approach' to managing grants, a state legislative audit report found.

The report, released this morning, found it particularly problematic that some of the funds were granted by the Legislature — not through a competitive bidding process.

It also found agencies' nonprofit policies were patchy and inadequate."