Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Service Coalitions Propose 'Nonprofit Stimulus Package' - Philanthropy.com

Service Coalitions Propose 'Nonprofit Stimulus Package' - Philanthropy.com: "December 31, 2008
Service Coalitions Propose 'Nonprofit Stimulus Package'

Several coalitions of groups promoting community and national service are urging President-elect Obama and Congress to include a “nonprofit stimulus package” as part of the economic-recovery plan they are drafting."

IRS Releases Final Form 990 and Instructions - 30 Dec 2008

IRS Releases Final Form 990 and Instructions - 30 Dec 2008: "The Internal Revenue Service announced on December 24 that it has released the final versions of the 2008 Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return, schedules and instructions effective for 2008 tax year.

The new form consists of an 11-page, 11-part core form that is required to be completed by all organizations that file the Form 990, and Schedules to be completed by those organizations that satisfy the applicable requirements for each Schedule."

Friday, December 19, 2008

Group seeks more from tax-exempt organizations - SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Group seeks more from tax-exempt organizations - SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: "BEVERLY — A volunteer committee plans to start meeting with tax-exempt organizations to see if they will contribute more to the city in either money or services.

Committee members told the City Council this week there are 75 tax-exempt organizations in the city with $400 million worth of land, representing more than $4 million in lost property tax revenues."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beshear creates philanthropy commission - Business First of Louisville:

Beshear creates philanthropy commission - Business First of Louisville:: "Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear today signed an executive order creating a commission that will explore the development of public-private partnerships to raise funding for philanthropic foundations throughout the state.

Many nonprofit organizations in Kentucky are bracing for funding cuts in light of the state’s $456.1 million budget deficit."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tax hunt targets exempt groups - The Boston Globe

Tax hunt targets exempt groups - The Boston Globe: "Mayor Thomas M. Menino is planning to tackle an issue that has long bedeviled a city rich with nonprofit universities and hospitals: how to wring more money out of revered institutions, many of them quite wealthy, that are exempt from property taxes."

Friday, November 28, 2008

Charitable Giving | KXNet.com North Dakota News

Charitable Giving | KXNet.com North Dakota News: "Dorgan says the national economy is struggling right now... and that's affecting charities in a negative way.

To offer incentives to those who want to donate...

He's working to expand and make permanent, his IRA Rollover Act..."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Coalition Challenges Utah Fund-Raising Law in Federal Court - Philanthropy.com

Coalition Challenges Utah Fund-Raising Law in Federal Court - Philanthropy.com: "Coalition Challenges Utah Fund-Raising Law in Federal Court

By Grant Williams

A Utah law that requires out-of-state fund-raising consultants to register with Utah authorities has been challenged in federal court.

The lawsuit was filed by American Charities for Reasonable Fundraising Regulation, a coalition of fund-raising consultants and nonprofit organizations, and Rainbow Direct Marketing, a fund-raising consultant in Highland, N.Y."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Charities Can Expect New Regulations and Increased Giving in an Obama Administration - Philanthropy.com

Charities Can Expect New Regulations and Increased Giving in an Obama Administration - Philanthropy.com: "Charities Can Expect New Regulations and Increased Giving in an Obama Administration

By Peter Panepento

Charity leaders can expect President-elect Barack Obama and Congress to push for changes in the federal tax structure that could spur giving and add new regulations for charities and donors, tax experts say."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

Arkansas News Bureau - Court rejects arguments that hospital not run for charity

Arkansas News Bureau - Court rejects arguments that hospital not run for charity: "Court rejects arguments that hospital not run for charity
Friday, Nov 7, 2008

By John Lyon
Arkansas News Bureau
LITTLE ROCK - The state Supreme Court on Thursday rejected arguments that a hospital that in some years has made more than $1 million in profits is a business, not a charity.

In a 6-1 decision, the court upheld a Johnson County circuit judge's dismissal of a medical negligence lawsuit against Johnson Regional Medical Center in Clarksville. Harvie Anglin alleged that negligence by the hospital resulted in injuries to his wife, Margie Anglin, who died after the lawsuit was filed"

Thursday, November 06, 2008

onPhilanthropy: Articles: What You Don't Know About the Federal Ethics Rules Could Derail Your Fundraising

onPhilanthropy: Articles: What You Don't Know About the Federal Ethics Rules Could Derail Your Fundraising: "What You Don't Know About the Federal Ethics Rules Could Derail Your Fundraising
Thursday, November 6, 2008
By: Larry Levy & Michael Bayes

HLOGA: What It Means To Charitable Organizations

By now, you have almost certainly heard that the ethics bill passed by Congress in 2007 - the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (“HLOGA”) - placed new restrictions on lobbyists and required more reporting and disclosure from the organizations that employ them. Charitable and other section 501(c)(3) organizations are not exempt from federal lobbying laws, so it is vitally important that your organization understands its new obligations."

Monday, October 27, 2008

Murphy lauds signing of charities bill - Burlington, MA - Burlington Union

Murphy lauds signing of charities bill - Burlington, MA - Burlington Union: "Rep. Charley Murphy is announces that legislation he sponsored to ease financial reporting requirements on Massachusetts’ smaller public charities was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this month.

The new law exempts those charities that receive less than $200,000, in gross support and revenue from having to submit to the state a complete audited financial statement along with their annual report."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Advisory referendum on charitable giving :: News Sun :: News

Advisory referendum on charitable giving :: News Sun :: News: "Should township tax dollars go to help the unemployed find work? Clothe poor kids? Spay feral cats?

Those are a few of the causes Shields Township supported with $99,000 in grants awarded last year. Voters are being asked by critics of the practice to give an opinion in a non-binding advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Texas Hold'em can continue in Kentwood until state rules on charity games - Grand Rapids News - The Grand Rapids Press Online - Michigan Newspaper - MLive.com

Texas Hold'em can continue in Kentwood until state rules on charity games - Grand Rapids News - The Grand Rapids Press Online - Michigan Newspaper - MLive.com: "KENTWOOD — City Commissioners want a formal opinion from the state Liquor Control Commission and the state Attorney General's office concerning licensing and charitable gaming in city establishments with liquor licenses.

Because that answer likely will take time, City Commissioners adopted an emergency city ordinance amendment Tuesday, allowing charitable gaming in licensed establishments until Feb. 15, 2009. The ordinance takes effect Nov. 5."

Charities Urge Next President to Expand Giving Incentives - Philanthropy.com

Charities Urge Next President to Expand Giving Incentives - Philanthropy.com: "Charities Urge Next President to Expand Giving Incentives

By Ben Gose

As charities grapple with the economic crisis, their executives would like to see the next president take steps to promote giving and to strengthen the nonprofit work force, according to a report released today"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Murphy lauds signing of Charities Bill - Tewksbury, MA - Tewksbury Advocate

Murphy lauds signing of Charities Bill - Tewksbury, MA - Tewksbury Advocate: "State Rep. Charles Murphy announced this week that legislation he sponsored to ease financial reporting requirements on the state’s smaller public charities was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this month.

The new law exempts those charities that receive less than $200,000 in gross support and revenue from having to submit to the state a complete audited financial statement along with their annual report."

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Worcester Telegram & Gazette News

Worcester Telegram & Gazette News: "WORCESTER— The City Council is making another push to engage local private colleges and other large nonprofit, tax-exempt institutions about participating in a program in which they would voluntarily make payments to the city.

But where such efforts have failed in the past, the council may pursue a different strategy this time around."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Legislation would help volunteers cover the cost of driving- Syracuse.com

Legislation would help volunteers cover the cost of driving- Syracuse.com: "Sen. Charles Schumer was in Syracuse Tuesday to talk about the Giving Incentives to Volunteers Everywhere (GIVE) Act of 2008, which would increase the Internal Revenue Service charity mileage reimbursement rate claimed as a tax deduction to 27 cents per mile. It also would ensure the rate increases every year."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Lake County News | California - Wiggins bill signed regarding nonprofits and wine events

Lake County News | California - Wiggins bill signed regarding nonprofits and wine events: "SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed Senate Bill 157, authored by state Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa), which enacts the 'Nonprofit Organization Equal Participation Act,' for the purpose of providing continuity and equal participation for nonprofit organizations in sanctioned wine-related events, while also providing orderly direction for wine producers."

Friday, October 03, 2008

Cottage tax status still undecided - The Daily Princetonian

Cottage tax status still undecided - The Daily Princetonian: "The seven-year battle over Cottage Club’s tax-exempt status as a historical site is not any closer to resolution now that the New Jersey State Supreme Court has remanded a ruling sought by the club"

Thursday, October 02, 2008

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- State pulls the plug on non-Indian bingo machines

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- State pulls the plug on non-Indian bingo machines: "SACRAMENTO – Delivering a big victory for gaming tribes and the Catholic Church, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that outlaws non-Indian bingo machines while authorizing high-stakes bingo for charities and nonprofits."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Charity Tax Breaks Stall in Congress - Philanthropy.com

From the Chronicle
Charity Tax Breaks Stall in Congress - Philanthropy.com: "Charity Tax Breaks Stall in Congress

Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have announced they will adjourn without reconciling a set of tax breaks, including several measures that would affect charitable giving, with a bill passed earlier this month by the Senate."

Monday, September 15, 2008

MyFox Washington DC | Fannie/Freddie Bailout May Hurt Local Charities

MyFox Washington DC | Fannie/Freddie Bailout May Hurt Local Charities: "While the government is stepping in to help Fannie and Freddie, some local charities may soon get cut off. The two companies made huge"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Congress calls for new wave of volunteerism - Salt Lake Tribune

Congress calls for new wave of volunteerism - Salt Lake Tribune: "WASHINGTON - Leading Republicans and Democrats are calling for a new wave of volunteerism aimed directly at some of the most pressing problems facing the nation, such as the high-school drop out rate, energy efficiency and the rising number of unemployed.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, plan on Friday to introduce the Serve America Act, a sweeping bill eight months in the making that would try to attract 175,000 new volunteers in the next five years."

Monday, September 08, 2008

Carilion's obligation - Roanoke.com

Carilion's obligation - Roanoke.com: "The wrinkle is that Carilion has a partner in its new venture: Virginia Tech. But Tech, which as a state institution is also tax-exempt, was not a party to the agreement with the city.

Under a memorandum of understanding between these two regional powerhouses, signed just this spring, Tech will own and control the medical school. And, a spokesman said last week, it has no plans to pay city real estate taxes on the building."

Paying It Forward — and Back - Philanthropy.com

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Paying It Forward — and Back - Philanthropy.com: "But Mr. Becerra, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax issues, regularly zeroes in on a government expense that has huge implications for nonprofit groups — the charitable tax deduction.

The tax break, he says, costs the federal treasury billions of dollars — an estimated $44-billion this year — and the government needs to be sure it is getting its money's worth."

Friday, September 05, 2008

sonomanews.com > News

sonomanews.com > News: "In July Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two pieces of legislation that will make life easier for wine lovers and charities."

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The 2008 Election and Nonprofits « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

The 2008 Election and Nonprofits « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck: "With the Democratic National Convention just completed, and the Republican National Convention starting today in St. Paul, the Chronicle of Philanthropy has a special section devoted to how the 2008 campaign relates to nonprofits. In addition to reading about what John McCain and Barack Obama think about nonprofit issues, you can find a wealth of information about:"

Friday, August 29, 2008

Issaquah panhandling ban includes firefighters

Issaquah panhandling ban includes firefighters: "Issaquah panhandling ban includes firefighters

There are no exceptions, even for nonprofits

Thursday, August 28, 2008

By MOISES MENDOZA
P-I REPORTER

ISSAQUAH -- A new ordinance in this suburb meant to stop annoying panhandling is also making it hard for firefighters to raise money for a good cause.

The city's panhandling ordinance is at the center of a dispute that pits city officials against firefighters who say they've been prevented from raising money for the disabled at their favorite intersection because it's now considered 'solicitation.'"

Thursday, August 28, 2008

cbs5.com - CA Assembly Approves Charity Electronic Bingo Ban

cbs5.com - CA Assembly Approves Charity Electronic Bingo Ban: "CA Assembly Approves Charity Electronic Bingo Ban
SACRAMENTO (AP) ― The California Assembly has voted to ban charities from using electronic bingo games to raise money."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

U.S. Senate Creates Philanthropy Caucus - Philanthropy.com

From the Chronicle of philanthropy

U.S. Senate Creates Philanthropy Caucus - Philanthropy.com: "U.S. Senate Creates Philanthropy Caucus

Two U.S. senators have created a Senate Philanthropy Caucus to look at ways to help foundations and charities."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Church, gaming tribes reach deal on bingo machines

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Church, gaming tribes reach deal on bingo machines: "SACRAMENTO – The Catholic Church and California's Indian gaming tribes have struck a compromise that would permit a major expansion of conventional bingo while outlawing electronic versions played on machines that look and act a lot like slots.

Amendments outlining the agreement were inserted into a bill Monday, with lawmakers scrambling to wrap up business before adjourning for the year at the the end of the month."

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Our View: State priorities skewed - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin

Our View: State priorities skewed - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin: "What are the state’s priorities — skateboard parks or access to health care?

Since October we have been critical of the way nonprofits have been reduced to second-class citizens by state government. Funding for these agencies that provide much-needed health care options to the state’s most needy is inadequate and then subjected to unnecessary bureaucratic delays within state agencies in releasing the funds. Worse yet, that funding is then further subjected to budget cuts."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dropout funds can go to nonprofits, judge rules | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | News: Education

Dropout funds can go to nonprofits, judge rules | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | News: Education: "AUSTIN – A state judge on Monday rejected a bid by a teacher group to block state funding for three nonprofit corporations selected to run dropout recovery programs.

State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky said the Texas State Teachers Association failed to show that its members would suffer immediate and irreparable harm because of state money going to the three nonprofits, clearing the way for funds under the $6 million program to be awarded later this month."

Monday, August 04, 2008

Our view: Hike payouts at clubs, but nix the video poker plan - Chambersburg Public Opinion

Our view: Hike payouts at clubs, but nix the video poker plan - Chambersburg Public Opinion: "Numerous clubs in Franklin County have been cited and temporarily closed this year by state regulators, due at least in part to payouts that exceeded the legal weekly limit, and so we think an increase in those limits makes a good deal of sense.

That way, business at the clubs continues as usual, and the extra money cushions the club's operational expenses and provides more money for those charitable donations.

However, we do not think video poker machines have a place in these establishments."

Friday, August 01, 2008

The Tundra Drums - For-profit gaming initiative won’t pay off for public

The Tundra Drums - For-profit gaming initiative won’t pay off for public: "The “gaming commission” ballot initiative on the primary ballot Aug. 26 could lead to the elimination of charitable gaming as we know it today.

Why should you care?

Currently, charitable gaming benefits over 1,000 nonprofit organizations in Alaska, many of which provide essential community services such as firefighting, rescue teams, senior services and child care. If this initiative passes, these nonprofits are bound to lose substantial funding that makes their services possible."

Latta introduces bill to increase tax deduction rate for home meal delivery volunteers | portclintonnewsherald.com | Port Clinton News Herald

Latta introduces bill to increase tax deduction rate for home meal delivery volunteers | portclintonnewsherald.com | Port Clinton News Herald: "WASHINGTON — Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced H.R. 6675, a bill that would increase the standard charitable mileage rate tax deduction for volunteers who deliver meals to elderly, disabled, frail, or at risk individuals. High gas prices have recently forced many home meal delivery programs to alter or reduce the amount of routes and meals they can provide."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Local: State auditor says most people don't know what his office does : ENCToday

Local: State auditor says most people don't know what his office does : ENCToday: "Near the top of his achievement list is dealing with reporting by nonprofit groups.

He credits the General Assembly for passing 2004 legislation providing for closer monitoring of nonprofit organizations.

'We're doing a better job of training the nonprofit agencies and verifying that they are they are being properly monitored,' he said. 'They may not sound big, but there are thousands of nonprofits.'"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Business - Nonprofits get a break - sacbee.com

Business - Nonprofits get a break - sacbee.com: "California nonprofit organizations now have a streamlined and faster way to get the papers they need to operate exempt from state taxes.

Until now, charitable organizations created for religious, educational, scientific or other philanthropic purposes had to formally file applications to operate tax-exempt with both the Internal Revenue Service and the state Franchise Tax Board. If approved, the group would get a 'determination letter' granting them tax-exempt status."

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lawmakers To Help Volunteers, Nonprofits With Gas - Baltimore News Story - WBAL Baltimore

Lawmakers To Help Volunteers, Nonprofits With Gas - Baltimore News Story - WBAL Baltimore: "State officials said they're pushing for immediate relief for nonprofit organizations and small businesses such as Meals on Wheels, an organization that said it has lost more than 130 volunteer drivers this year because they drive their own cars and pay for their own gas."

Social clubs look for winning ticket on jackpot legislation - Evening Sun

Social clubs look for winning ticket on jackpot legislation - Evening Sun: "Most private social groups are used to working for a cause, and a lot of them want to be able to raise even more money for charity.

But a bill that would allow them to up the jackpots on small games of chance - a bill that passed the state House of Representatives last year - has languished.

The question of just what the groups can do about was explored this week, when representatives from private clubs across York County gathered for a meeting at the Hawk Gunning Club in Springettsbury Township to discuss House Bill 169."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

California Chronicle | Governor Signs Evans Legislation Expanding Non-Profit Ties with Wine Industry

California Chronicle | Governor Signs Evans Legislation Expanding Non-Profit Ties with Wine Industry: "The Governor signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to help non-profit organizations organize fundraising events with wine donated from California´s wine industry."

Monday, June 30, 2008

City may impose nonprofit firms fee - Utica, NY 13501 - The Observer-Dispatch

City may impose nonprofit firms fee - Utica, NY 13501 - The Observer-Dispatch: "UTICA —

Charitable nonprofit agencies that have long been tax exempt might have to pay a service fee to the city as early as next year, city leaders said."

Friday, June 27, 2008

Alaska Passes Law Aimed at Increasing Charitable Giving - Philanthropy.com

Alaska Passes Law Aimed at Increasing Charitable Giving - Philanthropy.com: "Alaska Passes Law Aimed at Increasing Charitable Giving

By Brennen Jensen

Alaska has passed a new law aimed at bolstering philanthropic giving among state residents. Starting next year, Alaskans can elect to donate to charity all or a portion of the annual dividend check they receive from the nearly $38-billion fund created to share the state’s oil wealth."

Monday, June 23, 2008

MPR: Nonprofits receive reprieve on property tax issue

MPR: Nonprofits receive reprieve on property tax issue: "Nonprofits receive reprieve on property tax issue
by Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio
June 23, 2008

St. Paul, Minn. — Nonprofit groups in Minnesota have gotten a one-year reprieve on the question of whether they might have to pay taxes on the property they own."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nonprofit groups play waiting game for New York grants | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

Nonprofit groups play waiting game for New York grants | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle: "ALBANY — Nonprofit groups in New York are getting stung by slow-moving state agencies that are unable to process grants in a timely fashion and hurting community groups' ability to stay afloat, according to a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Consolidating Girl Scouts councils face tax increase - Crain's Detroit Business

Consolidating Girl Scouts councils face tax increase - Crain's Detroit Business: "Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, a group of four merging councils, is leading a push for changes to state laws that otherwise would quadruple its collective property tax liability to $400,000 after the Jan. 1 merger."

Monday, June 09, 2008

MinnPost - State law requires some nonprofits to register voters

MinnPost - State law requires some nonprofits to register voters: "Here's a surprising nugget from the pages of Minnesota election law. If a nonprofit organization receives state funding to provide services, it is required to help with voter registration.

Joshua Winters, who coordinates the Minnesota Participation Project for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, gave me the citation: Statute 201.162."

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Town Times - Bill may keep land trusts tax-exempt

Town Times - Bill may keep land trusts tax-exempt: "HARTFORD - The House of Representatives gave final legislative approval on May 7 to legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Arthur J. O'Neill, R-69, that would grant tax-exempt status to land trusts throughout the state."

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Tighter rules for NH 'charity gambling' await Lynch signature - NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Tighter rules for NH 'charity gambling' await Lynch signature - NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA: "EABROOK — A bill significantly tightening regulation of New Hampshire's $70 million charity gambling industry — including the poker rooms at Seabrook dog track — is on its way to Gov. John Lynch's office."

Friday, May 30, 2008

Minnesota Ruling Stirs Debate Over Tax-Exemptions for Nonprofits :: PNNOnline ::

Minnesota Ruling Stirs Debate Over Tax-Exemptions for Nonprofits :: PNNOnline ::: "Concerned about growing budget shortfalls, authorities at the state and federal levels increasingly are questioning the tax-exempt status of nonprofits of all types and sizes, the New York Times reports.


A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision that rescinded the property tax exemption of a small nonprofit childcare center, for example, has sent tremors through the nonprofit sector. In December, the Minnesota court ruled that the Under the Rainbow Child Care Center had to pay property taxes because, in essence, it gave nothing away. The center charges the same price per child regardless of whether parents are able to pay the full amount themselves or receive government support to cover the cost."

WebCPA - AICPA Suggests Changes to Tax-Exempt Form Instructions

WebCPA - AICPA Suggests Changes to Tax-Exempt Form Instructions: "AICPA Suggests Changes to Tax-Exempt Form Instructions

Washington, D.C. (May 30, 2008)
By WebCPA staff
|

The American Institute of CPAs has sent the Internal Revenue Service a spreadsheet-full of comments on the draft instructions for the revised Form 990 that will be used by tax-exempt organizations to file their returns next yea"

IRS Announces Public Meeting of ACT

IRS Announces Public Meeting of ACT: "May 30, 2008 (SmartPros) -- The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) will hold a public meeting next month to present to the Internal Revenue Service recommendations on ways to improve operations regarding employee retirement plans, tax-exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds and federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments."

Monday, May 19, 2008

British disaster rescue charity says it was prevented from entering China quake zone - International Herald Tribune

British disaster rescue charity says it was prevented from entering China quake zone - International Herald Tribune: "A team of British rescue specialists were rebuffed in their attempt to go to China to help hunt for earthquake survivors, a spokeswoman for the group said Sunday."

Schools say bingo fundraisers back on track -- -- Courant.com

Schools say bingo fundraisers back on track -- -- Courant.com: "School groups and others who had stopped holding bingo fundraisers say the charity events are back on track now that a new state law resolves complicated state finance rules."

Tax credit for charity little used - The Connecticut Post Online

Tax credit for charity little used - The Connecticut Post Online: "FAIRFIELD — A state program that gives a tax credit to corporations for charitable donations has drawn little interest here. In fact, the only nonprofit to apply was a Montessori school in Wilton.

Under the Neighborhood Assistance Act, the town solicits proposals from municipal agencies and community nonprofit groups seeking funding for projects. Applicants are approved by the town, and then it's up to the different groups to seek the money they need from corporations."

Bill targets funding for nonprofits - Waltham, MA - The Daily News Tribune

Bill targets funding for nonprofits - Waltham, MA - The Daily News Tribune: "State senators and representatives urged people to support a bill that would allow nonprofits providing human services to renegotiate their annual state contracts."

Texas Association for the Advancement of Charitable Bingo formed

Texas Association for the Advancement of Charitable Bingo formed: "Texas Association for the Advancement of Charitable Bingo formed
19 May 2008

AUSTIN, Texas -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Littlefield Corporation (OTCBB: LTFD) announces that it has participated with others representing approximately thirty-five (35) licensed commercial lessors in the founding of the Texas Association for the Advancement of Charitable Bingo."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Fla. to Consider Key Church-State Question - washingtonpost.com

Fla. to Consider Key Church-State Question - washingtonpost.com: "The potential repeal of a century-old Florida law barring state funding for religiously affiliated organizations is to be put before the voters there this fall, at the end of a lobbying battle that has attracted the attention of President Bush and has engaged a coalition of liberal or secular educational groups."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Nonprofits rush to follow new IRS rules - Greenwich Time

Nonprofits rush to follow new IRS rules - Greenwich Time: "At least 16 Greenwich-based organizations have already complied with new regulations that require nonprofit groups that receive less than $25,000 to file annually with the IRS.

Among the filers are groups such as Calf Island Conservancy Inc., the Mountain Laurel Drive Owners Association Inc., Symphony on the Sound Inc. and others, according to a listing on the IRS Web site."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Republican-American Lawmakers approve tax exemption for land trusts

The Republican-American Lawmakers approve tax exemption for land trusts: "HARTFORD — Only Gov. M. Jodi Rell stands between land trusts and potentially ruinous tax bills on their holdings.

Lawmakers tucked a tax exemption for land trusts into an environmental bill on the second-to-last day of the General Assembly session."

Monday, May 12, 2008

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Crackdown on electronic bingo begins

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Crackdown on electronic bingo begins: "The crackdown also could give a second chance to stalled legislation that would enable the Catholic Church and other nonprofits to operate interconnected games of standard bingo that could attract players with much larger prizes.

But for now, charities and nonprofits who face the loss of a primary revenue source were left pleading their case and pondering litigation."

Lessons in charity

Lessons in charity: "he guidelines come from the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency. They list behaviours that could result in the revocation of charitable status, or in other penalties. The directorate has asked charities for their input 'on how these guidelines can be made easier to understand or more useful for charities' self-assessment of their fundraising.'"

Friday, May 09, 2008

California Chronicle | Assembly Passes Evans Legislation to Expand Non-Profit Ties with Wine Industry

California Chronicle | Assembly Passes Evans Legislation to Expand Non-Profit Ties with Wine Industry: "Sacramento, CA) – The State Assembly unanimously approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to help non-profit organizations organize fundraising events involving wine donated from California´s wine industry.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1964 passed with a 74-0 vote. It now moves to the State Senate for further review."

Thursday, May 08, 2008

San Luis Obispo County’s website | 05/08/2008 | Nonprofit Strategies: Legislation could affect nonprofit groups

San Luis Obispo County’s website | 05/08/2008 | Nonprofit Strategies: Legislation could affect nonprofit groups: "Nonprofit Strategies: Legislation could affect nonprofit groups
By Barry VanderKelen

There are a number of bills affecting nonprofit groups pending in the Legislature.

It is impossible to list all of them, so I have picked a few to highlight. I am grateful to the California Association of Nonprofits ( www.canonprofits.org) for its assistance."

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dixon leads parish reps in funding requests | thetowntalk.com | The Town Talk

Dixon leads parish reps in funding requests | thetowntalk.com | The Town Talk: "Of the approximately $1.83 million in earmarks that legislators from Rapides Parish have requested from the state, Dixon has his name on requests for more than $1.45 million to help 11 Alexandria-area nonprofit organizations. The nonprofits say the money would pay salaries and develop or carry on programs to help people and promote Central Louisiana.

But funding for the nonprofits, long a practice in Louisiana, could be in jeopardy following an edict from Gov. Bobby Jindal."

Friday, May 02, 2008

IRS to Offer Second Chance to Charities That Miss Disclosure Deadline - Philanthropy.com

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy

IRS to Offer Second Chance to Charities That Miss Disclosure Deadline - Philanthropy.com: "IRS to Offer Second Chance to Charities That Miss Disclosure Deadline

By Debra E. Blum

The Internal Revenue Service plans to introduce a new program this year for charities in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status for failure to file informational tax returns, called Forms 990.

Organizations will be allowed to file their missing forms without penalty, paying only a small fee based on their size."

Esperanza Fire inspires bill to free up donations after deaths | Inland News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

Esperanza Fire inspires bill to free up donations after deaths | Inland News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California: "WASHINGTON - Frustrated by red tape that kept the families of five fallen firefighters from collecting charity money after Riverside County's Esperanza Fire, Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack on Thursday introduced a bill to change a tax code provision that held up the donations."

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Tulsa Today - Inhofe amendment protects volunteer pilots

Tulsa Today - Inhofe amendment protects volunteer pilots: "Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill to extend liability protection to volunteer pilots, volunteer pilot organizations (VPO), such as the Air Charity Network (ACN) and Angel Flight Oklahoma, and institutions that refer patients to volunteer pilot organizations, like the American Red Cross, as they conduct their life-saving missions."

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

www.kansascity.com | 04/30/2008 | Sam's Club revives food donations in tough times

www.kansascity.com | 04/30/2008 | Sam's Club revives food donations in tough times: "Sam's Club, the membership warehouse subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is reviving food donations to local food pantries two years after halting the practice in favor of giving cash, the world's largest retailer said Wednesday.

Sam's Club announced that a pilot program in St. Louis will be rolled out to about 560 of its 593 U.S. stores by late summer in coordination with America's Second Harvest, the largest national food bank organization."

Province looks to pump $100 million into new charity program

Province looks to pump $100 million into new charity program: "EDMONTON - The Stelmach government has earmarked $100 million in new cash for its Community Spirit program, which will provide tax credits of 50 per cent on donations to provincial charities and dole out matching grants to small organizations."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Charities must register with state if bill passes | HonoluluAdvertiser.com | The Honolulu Advertiser

Charities must register with state if bill passes | HonoluluAdvertiser.com | The Honolulu Advertiser: "The state is on the verge of creating a registration requirement for charities that solicit money from Hawai'i donors, a move that will close a huge regulatory gap and ensure the public has access to key information about the nonprofits, registration proponents say."

Monday, April 28, 2008

Editorial: Legal, but no way to treat a nonprofit

Editorial: Legal, but no way to treat a nonprofit: "This page has been critical of the Stratton administration over the years for uneven enforcement of city laws. We have also opined in favor of the mayor’s effort to get certain — e.g. well-heeled — tax-exempt organizations to voluntarily give the city money to compensate it for some of the services it provides but can’t charge for. Thus it is with some hesitance that we oppose the city’s effort to strictly enforce a legal requirement that every tax-exempt organization in the city annually file a form confirming its continued tax-exempt status."

$20 raffle tickets for a shot at $1.4M house? State says no - TwinCities.com

$20 raffle tickets for a shot at $1.4M house? State says no - TwinCities.com: "The deal had a chance to be sweet. Pay $20 for a raffle ticket to win a house. And not just any house. One worth $1.4 million. In Minnetonka, two blocks from scenic Lake Minnetonka.

Your chance came and went Monday, when the Minnesota Gambling Control Board blocked the idea."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Suffolk Life Newspapers - Tax Incentive Urged For Farmers Who Donate Food

Suffolk Life Newspapers - Tax Incentive Urged For Farmers Who Donate Food: "Called the 'Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Extension Act,' the measure would extend and expand provisions that allow for tax deductions for donating food products to food banks, pantries and homeless shelters.
'Food pantries are facing a perfect storm where more people but less food is coming through their doors every day,' stated US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announcing his co-sponsorship of a bill introduced by US Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). 'With food prices skyrocketing and the economy stalled, more Long Island families than ever rely on food pantries just to get by.'"

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Casino-themed fundraisers facing crack down - Huntington, WV -- The Herald-Dispatch

Casino-themed fundraisers facing crack down - Huntington, WV -- The Herald-Dispatch: "The arrival of table games in West Virginia is bringing a halt to casino-themed fundraisers sponsored by nonprofit groups and civic clubs.

The Huntington Symphony Orchestra was set to have an event called 'Bright Lights Vegas Nights' on April 25 to raise money for its summer Picnic with the POPS season. For $100, guests could win play money at slots, roulette wheels, blackjack and craps tables and use their fake winnings to bid on prizes donated by local businesses. All of the real money collected at the door would have gone to the orchestra."

Monday, April 21, 2008

Call for whole-of-government arts support | The Australian

From the Austrailian

Call for whole-of-government arts support | The Australian: "ALL government departments would contribute a 1 per cent dividend to the arts, under Creative Australia's recommendations. Other goals are a national indigenous cultural authority that protects, strengthens and promotes Australian culture, language and heritage, as well as digital access to all public museum and art gallery collections.

The 100 artists, actors, writers, musicians, festival directors, academics, architects and designers also called on the Government to establish a national endowment fund for the arts. The fund would include public endowment money and private philanthropy and patronage to provide artists' support, including loans and grants.

Incorporating the arts into the national school curriculum was a high priority of the Toward a Creative Australia: the Future of the Arts, Film and Design session."

Friday, April 18, 2008

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- State senator drops electronic bingo bill

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- State senator drops electronic bingo bill: "SACRAMENTO – Averting a heavyweight political fight, a prominent Senate Democrat has dropped legislation that would have legalized electronic bingo for charities and nonprofit organizations."

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New State Bill Focuses On Donating Cars To Those Less Fortunate

New State Bill Focuses On Donating Cars To Those Less Fortunate: "An Ocean County program that donates older cars to needy families is the basis of a new state bill that has already passed the New Jersey State Assembly.

For several years, the county has taken older, high-mileage vehicles, which normally would have been sold for a nominal fee, and instead donated them to the St. Francis Center on Long Beach Island.

The center repairs the vehicles and donates them to local families who are trying to get off the welfare rolls and return to work."

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Proposed bill targets salaries at nonprofits - Fall River, MA - Wicked Local Fall River

Proposed bill targets salaries at nonprofits - Fall River, MA - Wicked Local Fall River: "A bill aiming to cap the salaries of top executives at nonprofit businesses across Massachusetts will take center stage on Beacon Hill today in an attempt to stem long-standing health care cuts and premium increases seen across the state."

Editorial: Bingo nonprofits need help : North County Times - Californian

Editorial: Bingo nonprofits need help : North County Times - Californian: "While fundraising from bingo has dipped precipitously in recent years for churches, charities and nonprofit organizations, Indian casinos have increased in size and profits.

Seeking to reverse their fortunes, these organizations have formed Charities First, a group supporting legislation from state Sen. Gil Cedillo that would change the old bingo sessions to games electronically linked across the state, enabling bingo to offer prizes that could rise to six-digit payouts to winners.

Today, state law limits prizes offered by churches, charities and nonprofit groups to $250 or less."

Bill to let nonprofits use volunteers fails

Bill to let nonprofits use volunteers fails: "A bill that would allow nonprofits to continue using volunteers for public works projects such as wetland restoration was defeated in a state Senate committee Wednesday as lawmakers are considering another bill that aims do so the same thing."

Finance and Commerce

Finance and Commerce: "Officials at some 400 Minnesota arts and human services nonprofits are on edge these days as they await word on whether they’ll lose millions annually in sales and property tax exemptions.

The amount of savings Minnesota nonprofits see because of the exemptions is not small: Golden Valley-based Courage Center, which provides rehabilitation and vocational services for people with disabilities, would lose more than $1.7 million annually if the exemptions are removed permanently, according to John Tschida, senior director of public affairs and research."

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

IRS Official Takes New Role Monitoring Charities in Senate - Philanthropy.com

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy

IRS Official Takes New Role Monitoring Charities in Senate - Philanthropy.com: "Sen. Charles Grassley has tapped a former Internal Revenue Service official to replace a well-known former aide who had aggressively pursued efforts to regulate nonprofit organizations.

Theresa Pattara, a project manager at the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations, will replace Dean Zerbe as Mr. Grassley’s senior tax counsel. Mr. Zerbe left the post in February to join the Washington office of the Alliant Group, a Houston tax-consulting company."

Walworth County News I The Week newspaper, Walworth County, Wisconsin, Lake Geneva, Delavan, Elkhorn

Walworth County News I The Week newspaper, Walworth County, Wisconsin, Lake Geneva, Delavan, Elkhorn: "Bill makes charity wine auctions legal
Organizers of last fall's Lake Geneva Wine Festival were apparently breaking the law with their charity wine auction, but a bill signed this week by Gov. Jim Doyle fixes the problem.

Under current law, anyone who sells alcohol is required to hold a license, according to State Sen. Neal Kedzie of Elkhorn."

Monday, March 31, 2008

Gambling On the Wane In St. Mary's - washingtonpost.com

Gambling On the Wane In St. Mary's - washingtonpost.com: "The machines have proliferated at establishments across the county since late last year. Those operating them, as well as some local officials, said the devices were legal because part of the revenue they generate benefited nonprofit or charitable organizations."

Counties face bingo regulation challenges | TuscaloosaNews.com

Counties face bingo regulation challenges | TuscaloosaNews.com: "The fate of a proposed constitutional amendment to transfer regulatory oversight of bingo in Greene County could hinge on a similar measure proposed for Macon County.

Both measures would put an existing racing commission in charge of bingo in those counties, instead of the sheriff.

Voters in Greene and Macon counties approved local constitutional amendments in 2003 that authorized nonprofit organizations to operate bingo and electronic bingo games in those counties. Though not identical, each amendment gave broad powers to the sheriff to implement regulations and determine which nonprofits would be licensed. The amendments stated the nonprofits would operate bingo games, not lease them to a contractor."

Friday, March 28, 2008

Turner will file bill to make food donations easier - Dennis, MA - Wicked Local Dennis

Turner will file bill to make food donations easier - Dennis, MA - Wicked Local Dennis: "Coinciding with a speech by Gov. Deval Patrick about hunger, Rep. Cleon H. Turner, D-Dennis, said March 27 he will file legislation next week that will allow leftover food from school cafeterias to be provided to the homeless."

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ohio.com - Cleveland's gambling for charity expanding from 20 to 46 weeks

Ohio.com - Cleveland's gambling for charity expanding from 20 to 46 weeks: "CLEVELAND: An effort now in its fourth year to raise money for charities through gambling starts up again Thursday, with an expanded schedule for 2008."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro -- Day of reckoning looms over bingo

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro -- Day of reckoning looms over bingo: "In a dispute that has been quietly simmering for months, Indian casinos and charities are about to square off over the future of electronic bingo in California."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

No good deed goes unpunished?

No good deed goes unpunished?: "Are some charities more worthy than others? This seems to be the implication of a bill before the state Legislature that would require philanthropic foundations to document the so-called diversity of the charities they support. The inference is that the more diverse a charity's board of directors and staff, the more worthy it is of philanthropic funding."

Monday, March 24, 2008

Nonprofits hope sun won't set on volunteer law

Nonprofits hope sun won't set on volunteer law: "Nonprofit groups that use volunteers for projects such as watershed restoration would be able to continue using free labor under a bill that's scheduled to be heard in a Senate committee this week.

Four years ago, the state Department of Industrial Relations found itself forced to order nonprofit groups using volunteers for certain public works projects to pay prevailing wages to those workers or face hefty fines."

Money in lieu of taxes is plenty - NJ.com

Money in lieu of taxes is plenty - NJ.com: "DOWNE TWP. -- Mayor Renee Blizzard contends that the municipality is barking up the wrong tree in looking for more money in lieu of taxes for tax-exempt land in the township.

Blizzard said last week that the township already is receiving from the state's Green Preservation Trust twice what it would in taxes on the land, and what is really needed is a permanent revenue source."

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Oakland Press: Opinions

The Oakland Press: Opinions: "But $3.5 million still needs to be raised. Taxpayers can help by merely checking a box on their tax returns.

It's not a new idea. Charitable checkoffs on this year's tax form are the Military Family Relief Fund, the Children's Trust Fund and the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Program. In the 2006 tax year, more than 88,000 taxpayers reportedly donated more than $1 million to these three funds."

Friday, March 14, 2008

State encourages giving to schools- PennLive.com

State encourages giving to schools- PennLive.com: "Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit program allows businesses and some individuals to get tax breaks for donations made to qualifying schools. The credits total $75 million for the current fiscal year, up from $59 million the previous year."

The Daily Californian

The Daily Californian: "t used to be that the act of giving to a charity itself ranked pretty high on the scale of the politically correct. But times have changed-a bill passed by the State Assembly and en route to the Senate makes it clear that it's not good enough to give: You've got to give to the right people.

AB 624, the brainchild of the Berkeley-based Greenlining Institution and introduced by Assemblymember Joe Coto (D-San Jose), requires charitable foundations with more than $250 million in assets to disclose the race, gender and sexual orientation of their board members on their Web sites."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

WebCPA - Institute Lobbies for Permanent Changes to Estate Tax

WebCPA - Institute Lobbies for Permanent Changes to Estate Tax: "|

The American Institute of CPAs sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee prior to its March 12 hearing on estate tax reform urging lawmakers to make permanent changes to the estate tax prior to the current law expiring in 2010."

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Daily Californian

The Daily Californian: "Foundations in California may be forced to release demographic information about their organizations if a bill, authored by a group based in Berkeley, passes in the state Senate.

The bill, which was proposed by state Assemblymember Joe Coto, D-San Jose, seeks to raise awareness of what he claims is the underfunding of minority-led non-profit organizations by requiring foundations to release information on the diversity of their staff and the staffs of non-profit organizations to which they provide grants.

The bill was passed by the Assembly on Jan. 29."

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Napa Valley Register | Evans, Wiggins push bills to let charities throw more wine events

Napa Valley Register | Evans, Wiggins push bills to let charities throw more wine events: "Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and state Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, have introduced legislation that will allow nonprofit organizations to apply for triple the number of temporary alcohol licenses they can seek each year. The measure would give the groups a chance to conduct more fundraising events."

Friday, February 15, 2008

islandpacket.com | Hallowed be thy raise: SC senate panel agrees to church gambling

islandpacket.com | Hallowed be thy raise: SC senate panel agrees to church gambling: "COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gambling for charity, in church of all places, would be legal in South Carolina under a bill that was approved by a Senate panel Thursday.

The legislation would let churches and other nonprofit groups host card and other casino games to raise money, exempting them from South Carolina's 200-year-old law that prohibits dice and card games."

Friday, February 01, 2008

California Assembly Votes to Make Foundations Disclose Key Information on Diversity - Philanthropy.com

California Assembly Votes to Make Foundations Disclose Key Information on Diversity - Philanthropy.com: "The California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation to require big foundations to disclose the composition of their boards and employees by race, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as information about the grants and business contracts they award to organizations that help specific minority groups.

The bill, which now goes to the State Senate, was promoted by the Greenlining Institute, a public-policy organization in Berkeley that says foundations are too secretive about their giving and award too few dollars to organizations that are led by African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, and members of other minority groups."

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The 5-percent non-solution - The Boston Globe

The 5-percent non-solution - The Boston Globe: "HERE'S A tantalizing but risky idea: To help more students pay for the soaring cost of college, Congress would push schools to dip deeper into their endowments, freeing up more money from bulging coffers - $34.6 billion at Harvard, $22.5 billion at Yale, $15.6 billion at the University of Texas."

Friday, January 25, 2008

Concord Monitor - Charity games may see more regulation

Concord Monitor - Charity games may see more regulation: "With Texas Hold 'em and other games of chance on the rise in New Hampshire, lawmakers are eyeing ways to regulate the charitable gaming industry.

A host of proposals - including one that would require more of the gaming profits to go to charities - have come before a House committee. Together, the bills would shore up oversight for the lightly regulated industry and force the operators of charitable games to pay larger fees to the state."

DailyProgress.com | Committee questions UVa donor privacy bill

DailyProgress.com | Committee questions UVa donor privacy bill: "The University of Virginia’s desire to conceal the identities of its financial donors who wish to stay anonymous hit a snag Thursday.

Lawmakers in a House of Delegates subcommittee declined to endorse a bill that would allow UVa to exempt anonymous donors’ identities from Virginia’s open records law."

Bills put Hawaii charities on notice - The Honolulu Advertiser

Bills put Hawaii charities on notice - The Honolulu Advertiser: "Lawmakers have introduced several bills to require Hawai'i charities to register with the state and to make more open the process the Legislature uses for handling millions of dollars in grant requests from nonprofits."

SOI Tax Stats - Exempt Organizations: IRS Master File Data

SOI Tax Stats - Exempt Organizations: IRS Master File Data: "New Microsoft Excel File Format Now Available

You can now download data files on tax-exempt organizations from the IRS Exempt Organization Master File in an easier-to-read format using Microsoft Excel. The data files are grouped by state and include an organization’s name, address, employer identification number (EIN), date of exemption ruling, and other information, such as the applicable subsection code – 501(c)(3), (c)(4), (c)(5), etc. – foundation code and organization code. For large states, the files have been split into smaller Excel tables for ease of use. The Excel format allows users to sort the information by any data field. The data files will continue to be available as unformatted, compressed files."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

EDITORIAL: PILOTs deserve to be grounded

EDITORIAL: PILOTs deserve to be grounded: "EDITORIAL: PILOTs deserve to be grounded
Fee could hurt small not-for-profits
Sat. January 19 - 2008
IBJ Staff

At first glance, Indiana Rep. Thomas E. Saunders’ proposal doesn’t seem unreasonable: Why not charge not-for-profits a fee to help cover the costs of local services like police and fire protection? They don’t pay property taxes like the rest of us, after all, and we sure can’t afford to support freeloaders.

Thing is, we can’t afford the alternative, either.

Saunders’ House Bill 1281 would require charitable organizations to make payments in lieu of taxes (dubbed PILOTs) on property not used for governmental, educational or religious purposes."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

newsreview.info - Serving Roseburg & Douglas County, Oregon - News

newsreview.info - Serving Roseburg & Douglas County, Oregon - News: "You will see a huge drop in the numbers of cold calls you get on your telephone,” Margosian said. “If you get on there and somebody calls you that shouldn’t, then you file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.”

Complaint forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/2nsvfw. Complaints may also be phoned in by calling the Oregon Attorney General’s Office at (877) 877-9392.

Registrations for the Do Not Call list take 30 days to become effective. Telemarketers are then prohibited from making cold calls to your numbers.

Some exceptions apply. Companies that you have done business with before may call, as well as charitable groups to which you’ve donated in the past. Calls by polling organizations are also exempt."

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "January 8, 2008

IRS Sets New Filing Thresholds For Form 990

By Mark Hrywna
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will phase in a new filing threshold that will permit nonprofits with gross receipts between $25,000 and $1 million, and total assets below $2.5 million, to file a revised Form 990 EZ in 2008.

By 2010, nonprofits with gross receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 in gross receipts, and less than $500,000 in total assets, will be permitted to file a Form 990 EZ."

Friday, January 04, 2008

Conservation Tax Law Has Few Takers on the Vineyard - 01/4/08 - Vineyard Gazette Online

Conservation Tax Law Has Few Takers on the Vineyard - 01/4/08 - Vineyard Gazette Online: "Conservation Tax Law Has Few Takers on the Vineyard
By MIKE SECCOMBE

About 130 acres of land on the Vineyard was permanently protected from development under new conservation restrictions in 2007, according to state government figures.

The relatively disappointing result was in spite of generous tax incentives — which expired at year’s end — and in sharp contrast to figures for the state as a whole."