Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The NonProfit Times - "Fundraisers Beat Utah Again

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Fundraisers Beat Utah Again
by Mark Hrywna

A judge has rejected the state of Utah’s request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its jurisdiction over professional fundraisers who do not do business in the state. The ruling was from Dale Kimball, United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah, Central Division.

The American Charities for Reasonable Fundraising Regulation (ACFRFR) and Highland, N.Y.-based Rainbow Direct Marketing (RDM) filed suit in November 2008 against the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, Department of Commerce, alleging burdensome registration requirements for out-of-state fundraisers."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Nonprofit Policy Trends under President Obama | Philanthropy Central

Nonprofit Policy Trends under President Obama | Philanthropy Central: "Over the past year, the Obama Administration has ushered into the American political dynamic a number of changes in how government, at least at the federal level, does business. Some changes reflect shifts in government’s relationship to the nonprofit sector, a few trends meriting special attention:"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wallace: IRA charitable rollover is set to expire Dec. 31 | thetimesherald.com | The Times Herald

Wallace: IRA charitable rollover is set to expire Dec. 31 | thetimesherald.com | The Times Herald: "Under current law, if you are age 70½ or older, you are permitted to donate up to $100,000 from your IRAs to public charities without counting the distributions as taxable income. This important charitable giving incentive, however, expires at the end of the year."

Monday, November 30, 2009

Bingo-games changes sought in Va. | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Bingo-games changes sought in Va. | Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Winner-take-all games leave less of a profit for the organization than progressive games, in which the prize grows but the winner does not take it all.

'This has been the biggest change in charitable gaming in at least a decade to help charities make more money,' said Matt Benka, lobbyist for the Virginia Charitable Bingo Association, which claims about 70 members.

Under state law, a charitable organization must use a minimum of 10 percent of its gross proceeds for the charitable purposes for which it was organized, and each year many organizations fall short of the threshold."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Statewide fee-for-services bill pushed for nonprofits

Statewide fee-for-services bill pushed for nonprofits: "State Sen. Wayne Fontana said today that he will introduce legislation allowing municipalities to charge tax-exempt institutions a fee based on their property holdings.

Mr. Fontana said it would allow municipalities to negotiate voluntary payments with universities, hospital systems and other large institutions that aren't subject to property taxes"

Monday, November 23, 2009

Charity Leaders Ask Congress to Help on Hunger Relief - Philanthropy.com

Charity Leaders Ask Congress to Help on Hunger Relief - Philanthropy.com: "November 19, 2009
Charity Leaders Ask Congress to Help on Hunger Relief

Charity and foundation leaders Thursday urged Congress to take action to help the nonprofit organizations that are on the front lines of the mounting demand for food aid as the economic recession cuts a wide swath."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CQ Politics | House Likely to Delay Estate Tax Consideration

CQ Politics | House Likely to Delay Estate Tax Consideration: "House Democrats are likely to delay consideration of estate tax legislation until after the Thanksgiving recess, aides said."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tax aid for venison donors urged | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal

Tax aid for venison donors urged | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal: "WAPPINGERS FALLS — Sen. Charles Schumer has proposed legislation that would create a tax deduction for hunters and meat processors who donate processed venison to food pantries"

Friday, November 13, 2009

Video Bingo Has Alabamians Yelling Everything But - NYTimes.com

Video Bingo Has Alabamians Yelling Everything But - NYTimes.com: "Whether these people are all essentially doing the same thing — playing bingo, that is — is now the subject of a fierce legal battle across Alabama, a fight with strange bedfellows and billions of dollars at stake."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bingo can now be nonprofits’ game, oh | Moorestown Sun

Bingo can now be nonprofits’ game, oh | Moorestown Sun: "Moorestown’s nonprofit organizations will now be allowed to hold games of chance after a referendum vote during this year’s general election changes a statute that prohibits them from doing so.
According to unofficial results released by Burlington County, 5,403 registered voters made it out to the polls during this year’s general election."

Crain's Cleveland Business: Budget consultant suggests Cleveland seek payments from nonprofits

Crain's Cleveland Business: Budget consultant suggests Cleveland seek payments from nonprofits: "A financial consultant that is working with the city of Cleveland to address its budget challenges has suggested that hospitals and other local nonprofits, which do not pay taxes on property they own, make payments to the city in lieu of taxes.

The suggestion comes in a report delivered to the city that makes more than 175 recommendations to streamline city government."

massnonprofit.org ::

massnonprofit.org ::: "November 6, 2009 — Thanks to changes in tax law it is now more complicated than ever for nonprofit and educational organizations to administer 403(b) retirement plans, since new guidelines from the IRS and Department of Labor demand increased employer involvement in the documentation and operation of these plans.

While the Department of Labor (DOL) has stepped in to relax some of the requirements, the responsibility is still on the employer."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Senate Republicans Worry Charitable-Deduction Limits Could Be Revived - Philanthropy.com

Senate Republicans Worry Charitable-Deduction Limits Could Be Revived - Philanthropy.com: "Senate Republicans Worry Charitable-Deduction Limits Could Be Revived

President Obama’s proposal to limit tax breaks for charitable gifts and other itemized deductions to help pay for a health-care overhaul has so far gone nowhere in Congress."

Monday, November 09, 2009

Nonprofits set to pay more Boston taxes - BostonHerald.com

Nonprofits set to pay more Boston taxes - BostonHerald.com: "Boston is reportedly nearing a deal that could triple the money the city receives each year from colleges, hospitals and other nonprofits.

Boston City Councilor Steve Murphy told the Jamaica Plain Gazette that a new agreement could be finalized by early next year. When it is, he added, the city’s annual income could soar from $15 million a year to $45 million in the future.

Because of their nonprofit status, schools, hospitals, churches and civic groups are generally exempt from property taxes."

Editorial: Rep. McKillip on right track for nonprofit || OnlineAthens.com

Editorial: Rep. McKillip on right track for nonprofit || OnlineAthens.com: "That, in anything but a nutshell, is the point of state law regarding property tax exemptions that was at issue as the Athens-Clarke County Board of Assessors pressed its case that Nu├ži's Space, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that provides a host of support services - including mental health assistance and rehearsal space - to local musicians, should not have tax-exempt status for its Oconee Street headquarte"

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Indiana Gazette > Archives > News > Indiana County > Reduced educational tax credit affects nonprofits

Indiana Gazette > Archives > News > Indiana County > Reduced educational tax credit affects nonprofits: "Funding for the tax credit was reduced from $75 million to $60 million this fiscal year. And it's to be reduced by $10 million more in the next fiscal year.

The program, which has been in place since 2001, is intended to spur donations from businesses to groups that grant scholarships and to groups that support educational programs in public schools - school foundations, arts councils, museums, libraries, science centers and youth organizations."

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Relief Coming For Nonprofit Pension Plans

By Mark Hrywna

Legislation introduced in Congress could provide temporary relief for nonprofits faced with huge increases in pension contributions in the coming years."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Obama inks measure with security funds for nonprofits | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Obama inks measure with security funds for nonprofits | JTA - Jewish & Israel News: "Obama inks measure with security funds for nonprofits

October 29, 2009

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama signed into a law a homeland security bill that includes funds for non-profits."

ALABAMA VOICES: Battling over bingo | montgomeryadvertiser.com | Montgomery Advertiser

ALABAMA VOICES: Battling over bingo | montgomeryadvertiser.com | Montgomery Advertiser: "The recent federal court ruling in Madison County is constructive in understanding the complexity of the gambling laws within the state and particularly how state laws would apply to Indian gaming operations within the state of Alabama."

Nonprofits will pay for food permits | Yakima Herald-Republic Online

Nonprofits will pay for food permits | Yakima Herald-Republic Online: "YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Health District will no longer exempt nonprofit food booths from food-service fees, which means organizations at community fairs, sports events, church bazaars and the like will have to pay $54 for a temporary permit."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Will the Estate Tax Disappear? - WSJ.com

Will the Estate Tax Disappear? - WSJ.com: "Many people hope the federal estate tax will disappear next year, as scheduled. They could be sorry if it does.

Back in 2000, Congress enacted a gradual loosening of the estate exemption. It has since risen to its current level of $3.5 million per individual, or up to $7 million per couple. The tax is scheduled to lapse just for next year and return in 2011."

Judge to require $50 donation to United Way in theft sentences | INFORUM | Fargo, ND

Judge to require $50 donation to United Way in theft sentences | INFORUM | Fargo, ND: "Fargo shoplifters and petty thieves will have the cost of a good deed tagged on to their sentences"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bingo Debate Gets Deep- 16th Century to Now - CBS 42

Bingo Debate Gets Deep- 16th Century to Now - CBS 42: "One of the defense attorneys representing charity bingo interests said prosecutors were focused on drawing distinctions between traditional bingo and electronic bingo.
'I think that's what's attempting to be done, but I think it's been clearly pointed out in there today though that other than the fact that one involves a human being participating more significantly in the process and the other involves a computer doing it, then the basic rules of bingo are being met both electronically and in the traditional old fashioned type bingo,' said Herbie Brewer."

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

massnonprofit.org ::Nonprofit Leader Says State Needs to Clarify Lobbying Law

massnonprofit.org ::: "According to David P, Magnani, executive director of Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state’s nonprofit trade association, “The nonprofit sector needs clarification on what the measure would mean to us. We hope the secretary of state will issue an advisory opinion on how the language of the bill will actually be interpreted.”"

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY - Bingo groups can meet with state about modernization

TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY - Bingo groups can meet with state about modernization: "A meeting set for Oct. 15 at the Corbin Bingo Parlor on Cumberland Falls Highway will address concerns of bingo groups in the area regarding the proposed modernization of the state’s Department of Charitable Gaming’s (DCG) accounting software and procurement of supplies by the groups."

Monday, October 05, 2009

Paulette's Point of View

Paulette's Point of View: "There’s no bigger issue right now than healthcare, and charities have been right in the middle of it. In particular, AFP has been following a proposal to reduce the value of the charitable deduction (basically, delinking it from the tax rate) to raise additional revenue."

Friday, October 02, 2009

Brainerd Dispatch: News | Brainerd, Minnesota | Brainerd Lakes Area News on brainerddispatch.com

Brainerd Dispatch: News | Brainerd, Minnesota | Brainerd Lakes Area News on brainerddispatch.com: "In 2008, charitable gambling in Minnesota contributed the lowest amount of money of any year since 1985.

This year, in an attempt to reverse the trend of declining contributions, Allied Charities of Minnesota pushed legislation that would have allowed charitable organizations to set up electronic bingo sites in bars and clubs."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Requirements to Qualify as Type III Supporting Organization | Planned Giving Design Center

Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Requirements to Qualify as Type III Supporting Organization | Planned Giving Design Center: "Treasury has issued extensive proposed regulations regarding the requirements to qualify as a Type III supporting organization that is operated in connection with one or more supported organizations. The regulations reflect changes to the law made by the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The regulations will affect Type III supporting organizations and their supported organizations."

Monday, September 28, 2009

Leaders urge charities to be more efficient - CharlotteObserver.com

Leaders urge charities to be more efficient - CharlotteObserver.com: "Fearing another year of shriveled budgets and sky-high need, Charlotte-Mecklenburg leaders are pressing nonprofits to collaborate, or even merge, to improve efficiency and stretch donor dollars."

Artdaily.org - The First Art Newspaper on the Net

Artdaily.org - The First Art Newspaper on the Net: "HARRISBURG, PA.- On Wednesday, leaders from the state’s arts and cultural organizations met with key legislative officials including Governor Rendell to protest the proposed tax on cultural activity. Julie Hawkins (VP Cultural Policy) and April Williamson from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; Mitch Swain (CEO) and Ryan Freytag (Mgr Cultural Policy) from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; and Abbi Peters (ED) from the Elks Council on the Arts attended a series of meetings in Harrisburg."

Bill would raise limit on charity prizes, tax the profits

Bill would raise limit on charity prizes, tax the profits: "As part of a proposed $27.9 billion budget for fiscal 2009-10, legislative leaders want to increase the weekly limits on prizes for games such as raffles, punchboards and pull tabs.

For years, that limit has been $5,000, but new legislation would lift it to $20,000 a week. Also, under Senate Bill 211, the maximum prize in any one small game of chance would increase from $500 to $1,000."

Revamped Recovery.Gov to Launch Monday - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

Revamped Recovery.Gov to Launch Monday - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com: "Revamped Recovery.Gov to Launch Monday
By Bernie Becker

Recovery.gov, the government Web site that tracks spending from this year’s stimulus package, will be relaunched on Monday, according to a release from the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Senate bill 218 waiting - News

Senate bill 218 waiting - News: "On Sept. 9, the California State Senate approved legislation on a 33-1 vote to create more transparency in organizations within California's public universities and colleges.

Californians Aware and California Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, are pushing for SB 218 to be signed by the governor, which would require auxiliary organizations, such as Sacramento State's University Enterprises, Inc., to comply with the California Public Records Act."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Agencies Instructed to Separate Politics From Grant Awards - NYTimes.com

Agencies Instructed to Separate Politics From Grant Awards - NYTimes.com: "WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday instructed government agencies to keep politics away from the awarding of federal grants, a step taken as the administration sought to minimize the fallout after an official at the National Endowment for the Arts urged artists to advance President Obama’s agenda."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cahill presses for nonprofit retirement option - Arlington, MA - The Arlington Advocate

Cahill presses for nonprofit retirement option - Arlington, MA - The Arlington Advocate: "Boston, Mass. - Nonprofit leaders are pressing lawmakers to back a plan offered by Treasurer Tim Cahill to allow them to offer their employees a retirement plan administered by the state treasury.

Citing the oft-repeated fact that nonprofit workers make up 14 percent of the state’s total workforce, David Magnani, head of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, said retirement protection for nonprofit employees “has gone the way of the buffalo.”"

Monday, September 21, 2009

New ND push for electronic gambling machines - Forbes.com

New ND push for electronic gambling machines - Forbes.com: "Electronic pull tabs, which are offered in Mississippi bingo halls and recently were approved for Virginia's charitable gambling industry, are easier to manage and audit than the paper tickets that are common in North Dakota bars and fraternal clubs, industry officials say."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Groups Seek to End Legal Hiring Bias by Religious Charities - washingtonpost.com

Groups Seek to End Legal Hiring Bias by Religious Charities - washingtonpost.com: "Nearly 60 groups concerned with civil rights, labor, health and education urged Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday to renounce a Bush-era memo allowing religious charities that receive federal grant money to discriminate in hiring."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pennsylvania statehouse and political news and commentary from The Harrisburg Patriot-News - PennLive.com

Pennsylvania statehouse and political news and commentary from The Harrisburg Patriot-News - PennLive.com: "Nonprofits bring funding plea to Capitol
United Way officials urge state leaders to expedite money to service groups, who they say are facing a 'day of reckoning'
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
BY JAN MURPHY jmurphy@patriot-news.com

With food pantries around the state running out of food, domestic violence shelters on the brink of closing and child care programs shutting down, civic leaders are calling on state officials to provide relief that goes beyond the funds caught up in the budget logjam that social service agencies had expected by now."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Collaboration beats at the heart of new statewide office on philanthropy - New Mexico Business Weekly:

Collaboration beats at the heart of new statewide office on philanthropy - New Mexico Business Weekly:: "he office launched in June with a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It’s a collaboration among Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, the Children’s Cabinet (which fosters collaboration among state agencies dealing with children’s health and well-being), the Kellogg Foundation and the Albuquerque Community Foundation. The office is not a grantmaking organization. It is modeled on a similar office in Michigan where the director has Cabinet-level status, identifying and brokering partnerships among funders, government and nonprofits to create policy reforms for children and families. The city of Newark, N.J. created a similar office in 2007."

IRS Seeking Comments Regarding Form 990-PF | Planned Giving Design Center

IRS Seeking Comments Regarding Form 990-PF | Planned Giving Design Center: "the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation or Section 4947(a)(1) Nonexempt Charitable Trust Treated as a Private Foundation, and Form 4720, Return of Certain Excise Taxes on Charities and Other Persons Under Chapters 41 and 42 of the Internal Revenue Code."

Friday, September 04, 2009

Nonprofit leaders push for 'fair' state budget

Nonprofit leaders push for 'fair' state budget: "The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership hosted a news conference yesterday at the Focus on Renewal community center to discuss the impact the Pennsylvania budget impasse has on local communities. The state has been operating on a partial budget that doesn't include many social services since the fiscal year began July 1."

Thursday, September 03, 2009

AG to crack down on nonprofits - Boston Business Journal:

AG to crack down on nonprofits - Boston Business Journal:: "In a memorandum issued Wednesday to four of the state’s largest charitable health insurance providers and the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Attorney General Martha Coakley outlined a plan for her office to increase its oversight of compensation practices for executives and directors in Massachusetts non-profit charitable health care organizations."

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Plan tightens nonprofit rules

Plan tightens nonprofit rules: "TAMPA - The scandal involving Lowry Park Zoo's former chief has prompted Mayor Pam Iorio to tighten the reins on hundreds of local nonprofit organizations that receive taxpayer money.

A proposed ordinance being drafted by the city would require nonprofit organizations that get city funds to abide by a series of ethical standards, including strict limits on financial dealings between executive staff and governing boards of the nonprofit group and for-profit entities"

Monday, August 31, 2009

onPhilanthropy: Articles: Important Legal Ruling Impacts Planned Giving Marketing

onPhilanthropy: Articles: Important Legal Ruling Impacts Planned Giving Marketing: "Important Legal Ruling Impacts Planned Giving Marketing
Thursday, August 27, 2009
By: Jonathan Gudema, Esq.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued an opinion in a case involving Robert Dillie, this past June. Mr. Dillie operated a fraudulent foundation between 1996 and 2001. This foundation was in actuality a ponzi scheme which issued $55 million in gift annuities to over 400 donors, sold through investment advisers who were receiving commissions on the sales of new gift annuities. He is now serving 121 months in prison for his crimes but the legal fallout from his nefarious operation lives on."

Friday, August 07, 2009

FayObserver.com - -

FayObserver.com - -: ": Actually, nonprofits CAN raffle real property now because the law just changed. - D.H., Raleigh

A: Thanks to David Heinen of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits for correcting us.

We'd obviously missed the fact that this law changed on June 1, and it now permits nonprofit groups to raffle real property with an appraised value of up to $500,000."

How much do charities benefit from charitable gambling? State mandates star ratings; starting at 30%

How much do charities benefit from charitable gambling? State mandates star ratings; starting at 30%: "Things are changing in the world of pulltabs and other charitable gambling allowed by the state, and the Lindstrom Fire Department recently took a step out ahead of the curve. The Minnesota State Legislature revised charitable gambling laws in the last session and one of the actions sets new standards for required giving by a gambling entity. Lindstrom firefighter relief association board members Monday night voted to fine tune their system of allocating charitable gambling proceeds aligning the department with what state lawmakers are hoping to see. (See sidebar story.)"

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Proposed IRS Rules Address Ranking of Official Pursuing Church Tax Inquiries | OMB Watch

Proposed IRS Rules Address Ranking of Official Pursuing Church Tax Inquiries | OMB Watch: "Proposed IRS Rules Address Ranking of Official Pursuing Church Tax Inquiries


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed rules that would give the Director of Exempt Organizations the authority to pursue church tax inquiries. This became a big issue when a lawsuit, United States v. Living Word Christian Center, was filed challenging the IRS’ assertion of what officials were high ranking enough to initiate church tax inquiries. The federal district court in that case ruled that the Director of Exempt Organizations Examinations was not a high enough ranking official to initiate the inquiries."

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

PHILANTHROPY: State to honor businesses that give back - Business - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington

PHILANTHROPY: State to honor businesses that give back - Business - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington: "OLYMPIA – The Secretary of State’s Office has launched “Corporations for Communities,” a new recognition program that will spotlight businesses giving back to the community, a news release states. Twice a year, Secretary of State Sam Reed will select a business for an award and honor its employees at a special ceremony."

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

IRS Releases Proposal to Amend Procedure on Church Audits - Philanthropy.com

IRS Releases Proposal to Amend Procedure on Church Audits - Philanthropy.com: "Following a setback in a federal court case earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service is releasing proposed regulations that would change the procedure it follows when pursuing inquiries into churches."

Monday, August 03, 2009

NJ may strike rules over bowling alleys' raffles | AP | 08/02/2009

NJ may strike rules over bowling alleys' raffles | AP | 08/02/2009: "RENTON, N.J. - Bowlers across the state groaned earlier this year when officials cited 59 bowling alleys for allowing leagues to conduct raffles.

The leagues often use the 50/50 raffles, which split proceeds evenly between the winners and the organizers, to raise money for their end-of-season banquets and other purposes. But state law requires that raffle proceeds go to charity , a requirement unknown to many alley owners until they were told they had to pay $3,000 each."

Friday, July 31, 2009

Nonprofits encouraged to file annual report by Saturday - Heber Springs, AR - The Sun-Times

Nonprofits encouraged to file annual report by Saturday - Heber Springs, AR - The Sun-Times: "Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels reminded Arkansas nonprofits earlier this week to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services (BCS) Division by the August 1 deadline."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tax Court ruling affects Indiana nonprofits that rent space | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

Tax Court ruling affects Indiana nonprofits that rent space | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star: "The Indiana Tax Court has issued a decision that could benefit nonprofits across the state.

The tax court ruled that landlords who rent property to nonprofits can qualify for property-tax exemptions. Previously, properties leased by nonprofits were not granted exemptions."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Casper Star-Tribune Online - Wyoming Committee to vote on repeal of tax breaks

Casper Star-Tribune Online - Wyoming: "CHEYENNE -- Two members of a legislative committee Tuesday requested bills be drafted to remove long-standing tax exemptions for industry and charitable and religious organizations."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Oil-Company Profits in Alaska Spur Individual Gifts - Philanthropy.com

Oil-Company Profits in Alaska Spur Individual Gifts - Philanthropy.com: "Beginning in October, more than 300 Alaskan charities will receive donations from individual recipients of the dividend payments. The donations are the result of a three-year effort by the Alaska Giving Coalition, a group of charities, grant makers, and others who are interested in increasing Alaskan philanthropy."

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Brown Daily Herald - Taxes on private colleges advance in R.I. legislature

The Brown Daily Herald - Taxes on private colleges advance in R.I. legislature: "Two bills have made progress in Rhode Island’s General Assembly that could cost Brown and its students millions of dollars if they become law."

Friday, July 17, 2009

On further review, nonprofits exempt from Palo Alto business tax measure - San Jose Mercury News

On further review, nonprofits exempt from Palo Alto business tax measure - San Jose Mercury News: "ReprintPrint Email Font Resize
On further review, nonprofits exempt from Palo Alto business tax measure

By Will Oremus

Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2009 11:43:48 PM PDT
Updated: 07/16/2009 11:43:50 PM PDT

Palo Alto's proposed business license tax would not apply to nonprofits, the city announced in a report Thursday.

The city council on June 22 voted to prepare a business tax for the Nov. 3 ballot that included nonprofits with 100 employees or more. But after some research, city staff found out that the state prohibits cities from imposing business taxes on any nonprofits that are otherwise exempt from income tax."

Editorial: End secrecy for campus nonprofits - Sacramento Opinion - Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee

Editorial: End secrecy for campus nonprofits - Sacramento Opinion - Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee: "The reality is that California's public colleges and universities receive and spend millions in gifts, property and funds through nonprofit foundations and enterprises that are largely hidden from public view. Unlike the colleges and universities themselves, these 'auxiliary organizations' are not subject to California's Public Records Act – a major loophole that the Legislature needs to close.

Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has legislation (Senate Bill 218) that would do that."

Nonprofits seek more support | HonoluluAdvertiser.com | The Honolulu Advertiser

Nonprofits seek more support | HonoluluAdvertiser.com | The Honolulu Advertiser: "Nonprofit leaders came out in matching T-shirts for yesterday's special session of the Legislature to remind lawmakers that they're hurting — and so are their clients."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Texas Adopts Law on Stewardship of Trusts After Founders Die - NYTimes.com

Texas Adopts Law on Stewardship of Trusts After Founders Die - NYTimes.com: "Texas has adopted a law intended to ensure that so-called orphan trusts, which are left under the stewardship of lawyers or banks after their founders have died, continue to comply with the founders’ wishes."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Change rules for charity raffles | Penn State News | Opinion - Centre Daily Times

Change rules for charity raffles | Penn State News | Opinion - Centre Daily Times: "While the push mounts for table games and the opening of the remaining large casinos in the state, the General Assembly appears to have forgotten our charitable organizations.

Constant fundraising is a necessity for most charitable organizations and even more so during the current downturn.

As anyone who has ever been to a charitable raffle or bingo night knows, “small games of chance” are a vital revenue source for many non-profits, including fire departments and rescue squads."

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mollis Reminds Nonprofits That Deadline Nears for Filing Annual Reports - PBN.com - Providence Business News

Mollis Reminds Nonprofits That Deadline Nears for Filing Annual Reports - PBN.com - Providence Business News: "PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 19, 2009) – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding thousands of nonprofit corporations that they must file 2009 annual reports with his office by the end of the month. More than 6,700 nonprofits ranging from hospitals and social service agencies to Little Leagues and condo associations are subject to the"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Charity regulations Signed by Gov. Rell - George Gombossy | CT Watchdog

Charity regulations Signed by Gov. Rell - George Gombossy | CT Watchdog: "Bill Provides Financial Relief to Smaller Charities; Provides Greater Regulation of Charities Using Paid Solicitors

Governor M. Jodi Rell today signed into law a bill that helps smaller charities keep more of the money they raise by eliminating the requirement for an audit while ensuring that they are still subject to state oversight. The bill also regulates to a greater degree charities that use paid solicitors."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Loss of Charitable Gaming Revenue Could Hurt Nonprofits | New Hampshire Public Radio

Loss of Charitable Gaming Revenue Could Hurt Nonprofits | New Hampshire Public Radio: "The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling says that if the plan becomes law, the competition would undermine charitable gaming revenues.

And many nonprofits say they rely heavily on gambling to fund their services"

Friday, June 12, 2009

UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - Bob Backus: Balance the budget with an estate tax on the wealthiest - Friday, Jun. 12, 2009

UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - Bob Backus: Balance the budget with an estate tax on the wealthiest - Friday, Jun. 12, 2009: "And then there is the estate tax. This is a tax that people too often do not think about rationally. It is derided as a 'death tax.' Why dying should be any less a trigger for a revenue charge than buying property is never explained. In any event, the tax does not fall on the person who died, obviously, but on that person's estate."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Guidance on Fundraising by Registered Charities(C anada)

Guidance on Fundraising by Registered Charities: "Guidance
Fundraising by Registered Charities

Reference number
CPS – 028

Effective date
June 11, 2009"NP

Legislators eliminate requirement for nonprofits to list property assets – OregonLive.com

Legislators eliminate requirement for nonprofits to list property assets – OregonLive.com: "Nonprofits whose real property is exempt from taxation will have a lot less paperwork next year, thanks to a bill that recently cleared the state Legislature.

The organizations will no longer have to list personal property assets as part of their application for tax-exempt status, eliminating the annual Confidential Personal Property Return on tax-exempt property."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

massnonprofit.org ::-Nonprofits Have Tight Timeframe to Comply with New Privacy Law

massnonprofit.org ::: "Massachusetts enacted a privacy law earlier this year designed to protect state citizens’ personal information. Along with for-profit businesses, the state’s nonprofits must rethink data access, storage, and encryption to meet full compliance by January 1, 2010."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Legislation and regulation hindering non-profit sector: report | rabble.ca

Legislation and regulation hindering non-profit sector: report | rabble.ca: "Non-profit regulation and legislation are so complex that even senior third sector leaders – apart from a handful of charity law lawyers – don’t understand it well, according to a new report published by the Wellesley Institute in Toronto."

Monday, June 08, 2009

Bad economy may blunt effort to ease death taxes | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal

Bad economy may blunt effort to ease death taxes | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal: "PROVIDENCE — If a Massachusetts resident dies leaving behind real estate, savings and other assets worth, say, $750,000, there is no tax due.

If a Connecticut resident leaves the same-size estate, there is no tax due.

But if a Rhode Islander leaves a $750,000 estate, the state may claim the first $20,400 in taxes; heirs and other beneficiaries receive the remainder."

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Obama Nominates GOP's Jim Leach to Lead National Endowment for the Humanities - washingtonpost.com

Obama Nominates GOP's Jim Leach to Lead National Endowment for the Humanities - washingtonpost.com: "President Obama yesterday nominated former Republican congressman Jim Leach, who represented Iowa for 30 years and now teaches at Princeton University, as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Minnesota Nonprofit Leaders Win New Law on Property-Tax Exemptions - Philanthropy.com

Minnesota Nonprofit Leaders Win New Law on Property-Tax Exemptions - Philanthropy.com: "Minnesota Nonprofit Leaders Win New Law on Property-Tax Exemptions

Minnesota nonprofit leaders have won the final leg of their campaign to clarify state law governing charitable property-tax exemptions in the wake of what they considered a damaging Minnesota Supreme Court decision."

The Journal Record - Charity Inc.: Being heard

The Journal Record - Article: "Working for the betterment of our communities in the heartland of our nation, Oklahoma nonprofits need to be heard on both local and national levels. Legislation and policy that will be on the table next session cannot be passed without serious consideration of the nonprofit sector. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector is too often the last voice to be heard."

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

AFP > Public Policy | Canadian public policy issues > Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Bill

AFP > Public Policy | Canadian public policy issues > Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Bill: "Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Bill

(June 2, 2009) BREAKING NEWS: The Senate today approved a bill that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A charity can't sell a pie? Ban jostles Pa. Legislature - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A charity can't sell a pie? Ban jostles Pa. Legislature - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "awmakers introduced bills in the House and Senate recently that would prevent Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors from citing churches and other community groups for serving food that was prepared in home kitchens, a practice against the law in Pennsylvania."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Senate Committee Discusses Change in Treatment of Hospitals' Tax Status - Philanthropy.com

Senate Committee Discusses Change in Treatment of Hospitals' Tax Status - Philanthropy.com: "Senate Committee Discusses Change in Treatment of Hospitals' Tax Status

The two top members of the Senate Finance Committee have released what they call policy options for revamping the nation’s health-care system that include a change in how the tax-exempt status of nonprofit hospitals would be handled under federal law."

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ohio.com - Government, nonprofits don't mix

Ohio.com - Government, nonprofits don't mix: "COLUMBUS: Gov. Ted Strickland and state lawmakers need look no further than Pennsylvania to see that politicians and nonprofits do not go together.

The Keystone State has two glaring examples of politicians creating nonprofits to solicit funds from the government, individuals and companies — including one of the state's major utilities — and then using the money for personal enrichment or to further a political agenda."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Editorial: Michigan should broaden charitable immunity to help the uninsured - Grand Rapids Opinion - Editorials, Letters, Voices - MLive.com

Editorial: Michigan should broaden charitable immunity to help the uninsured - Grand Rapids Opinion - Editorials, Letters, Voices - MLive.com: "Lawmakers should support legislation to make it easier for retired doctors to volunteer their services at free and low-cost health clinics. A bill in the state House aims to make more clinics eligible for doctors to donate care with immunity from most lawsuits. Physicians willing to donate their expertise for the medical care and treatment of indigent people deserve some protection. The measure could encourage more volunteer efforts at a time when many Michiganders are without health care and state and local resources are limited."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

St. Louis nonprofits get $307,000 in tax credits - St. Louis Business Journal:

St. Louis nonprofits get $307,000 in tax credits - St. Louis Business Journal:: "The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that three St. Louis-area organizations were among five in Missouri approved to receive a total of $704,207 in Youth Opportunities Program tax credits."

Editorial: Michigan should broaden charitable immunity to help the uninsured - Grand Rapids Opinion - Editorials, Letters, Voices - MLive.com

Editorial: Michigan should broaden charitable immunity to help the uninsured - Grand Rapids Opinion - Editorials, Letters, Voices - MLive.com: "Lawmakers should support legislation to make it easier for retired doctors to volunteer their services at free and low-cost health clinics. A bill in the state House aims to make more clinics eligible for doctors to donate care with immunity from most lawsuits. Physicians willing to donate their expertise for the medical care and treatment of indigent people deserve some protection. The measure could encourage more volunteer efforts at a time when many Michiganders are without health care and state and local resources are limited."

Charitable giving takes it on the chin | delawareonline | The News Journal

Charitable giving takes it on the chin | delawareonline | The News Journal: "It would be swell if charitable giving were completely altruistic. Development directors of non-profit organizations everywhere would see their coffers swell from the good will and cold hard cash. Grant writing would become a thing of the past freeing up a lot of time for more of the mission at hand. But that's not exactly human nature."

Bills allowing social gambling advance

Bills allowing social gambling advance: "COLUMBIA — Playing poker in a friend's home and buying a raffle ticket to benefit a charity could become legal in South Carolina under bills advanced Tuesday by lawmakers."

Friday, May 08, 2009

Nonprofits say possible Pittsburgh tax a bad idea - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Nonprofits say possible Pittsburgh tax a bad idea - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "We represent close to 300,000 jobs in the region,' said Diana Bucco, president of The Forbes Fund, an organization that helps build nonprofits in the area. 'All of those people pay income taxes, so we need government to understand the implications of taxing nonprofits and the danger of that taxation for people that we serve.'

City Council in the past has discussed taxing nonprofit groups."

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Media-Newswire.com - Press Release Distribution - PR Agency

Media-Newswire.com - Press Release Distribution - PR Agency: "Media-Newswire.com) - WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded many small tax-exempt organizations to file their annual electronic informational return with the IRS by the May 15 deadline."

Disclosure rules keep donors, IRS in dark

Disclosure rules keep donors, IRS in dark: "When donors give to a charity, they expect the group to put the money to good use. After all, charities have met the standards to be tax-exempt. To remain exempt, the charities report their finances to the IRS every year.

But the Internal Revenue Service doesn't necessarily know what charities are doing with that donated money. Their tax forms don't reveal the kinds of activities found in a yearlong investigation by The Arizona Republic."

Advocacy by 13 N.C. Nonprofits Brings ...

Advocacy by 13 N.C. Nonprofits Brings ...: "Advocacy by 13 N.C. Nonprofits Brings Statewide Benefits

New independent report shows high return on investments, real results


Washington, D.C. (5/07/2009) - For every dollar that foundations and other funding sources gave to support advocacy, organizing and civic engagement efforts by 13 nonprofit organizations in North Carolina, state residents received $89 in benefits. This is one of the findings in a new report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) to be released on Monday, May 11 at a gathering of foundation and nonprofit leaders in Greensboro, N.C. hosted by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits and North Carolina Network of Grantmakers."

Monday, May 04, 2009

California charities seek relief for loss of electronic bingo - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

California charities seek relief for loss of electronic bingo - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee: "After mixed results in court battles to keep operating casino-style machines, California charitable bingo parlors are seeking financial relief in the Legislature and from tribal gambling funds."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Charitable casino site outlawed in 2 votes | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Charitable casino site outlawed in 2 votes | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.: "INDIANAPOLIS – The House and Senate on Tuesday both approved a final version of a bill that will close a charity-run casino in Fort Wayne."

Friday, April 24, 2009

Charitable-Deduction Plan Remains Under Discussion, But Faces Competition - Philanthropy.com

Charitable-Deduction Plan Remains Under Discussion, But Faces Competition - Philanthropy.com: "Charitable-Deduction Plan Remains Under Discussion, But Faces Competition

Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said today that President Obama’s proposal to curb tax breaks for charitable deductions remains on the table as one way to pay for changes to the health-care system, but it will compete with other ideas for raising money."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Our view on rewarding the well-born: What deficits or wealth gap? Congress eyes estate-tax cut - Opinion - USATODAY.com

Our view on rewarding the well-born: What deficits or wealth gap? Congress eyes estate-tax cut - Opinion - USATODAY.com: "Our view on rewarding the well-born: What deficits or wealth gap? Congress eyes estate-tax cut
This is no time to reduce rates for richest slice of U.S. society.

In recent weeks, members of Congress from both parties have expressed righteous indignation over bonuses paid to wealthy executives at some financial institutions. Many lawmakers have also deplored the ballooning federal deficit."

Missouri House approves bill loosening state rules on bingo game operators | Markets | Market News | Canadian Business Online

Missouri House approves bill loosening state rules on bingo game operators | Markets | Market News | Canadian Business Online: "EFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri would drop or loosen many of its bingo regulations under legislation approved Wednesday by the House that critics claimed amounts to an expansion of legalized gambling.

More than 300 charitable and fraternal organizations currently are allowed to run bingo games in Missouri so long as they follow numerous rules."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

No estate taxes at all in 2010? Don't bet on it. - Managing Your Money - Boston.com

No estate taxes at all in 2010? Don't bet on it. - Managing Your Money - Boston.com: "When will the new exemption amount be announced or voted on? That is still unclear but keep an eye on a bill introduced by Senator Max Baucas, the top tax writer in the Senate. Something will have to be decided by the end of this year and hopefully it will be this summer or early fall so people can begin to plan accordingly."

Harry Moroz: The Middle Estate

Harry Moroz: The Middle Estate: "At the beginning of the month, Senator Blanche Lincoln, Democrat of Arkansas, sponsored an amendment to the Senate's budget plan that was designed to provide 'estate tax relief'. In essence, the amendment would increase the exemption from the estate tax to $5 million (it is currently $3.5 million) and lower the maximum rate to 35% (it is currently 45%). President Obama proposes to maintain the current estate tax structure, but index the exemption for inflation."

Monday, April 06, 2009

Ohio charity challenges asset freeze - UPI.com

Ohio charity challenges asset freeze - UPI.com: "WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. court is set to hear a challenge to a law allowing the government to freeze assets of charities suspected of helping terrorists, observers say."

Friday, April 03, 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

NPTIMES OPINION

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Opinion

Destroying The Integrity Of Nonprofits

The recently passed so-called stimulus law contains dire threats of which most Americans are unaware. The law, containing untold billions for nonprofits, vastly lubricates an already slippery slope that will destroy the independence and integrity of America's nonprofit sector.
Under the legislation, our country's vast network of nonprofit organizations -- groups that serve our spiritual needs, help mitigate poverty, care for seniors and disabled veterans, and work to cure disease -- would become increasingly dependent on the government, and increasingly subject to the whims of the party in power. Unfortunately, this is neither the first nor the last step."

Protect Deduction for Charitable Giving - Black Hills South Dakota News & Video Headline on Black Hills Today

Protect Deduction for Charitable Giving - Black Hills South Dakota News & Video Headline on Black Hills Today: "By Territory Media

Thune Introduces Amendment to Protect Deduction for Charitable Giving

--Thune’s Effort to Increase Charitable Giving Draws Praise from Charities, Nonprofits--

“Private charities provide essential services to the most vulnerable people in society, especially when times are tough,” said Thune."

Monday, March 30, 2009

AFP > Public Policy | Public policy updates > Spring 2009 Public Policy Update

AFP > Public Policy | Public policy updates > Spring 2009 Public Policy Update: "Spring 2009 Public Policy Update

President’s Budget Limits Charitable Deduction for the Wealthy

Summary:

President Obama’s recently released budget would limit the value of the tax break for itemized deductions, including donations to charity, to 28 percent for families making more than $250,000."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mississippi secretary of state says nonprofits' legislation gives charities a reporting break - WREG

Mississippi secretary of state says nonprofits' legislation gives charities a reporting break - WREG: "Mississippi secretary of state says nonprofits' legislation gives charities a reporting break

By Associated Press

9:57 AM CDT, March 18, 2009
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says legislation being considered at the Mississippi Capitol eases reporting requirements for nonprofits and will make the organizations more transparent."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bill Would Limit How New York Museums Could Use Money From Sales of Artworks - NYTimes.com

Bill Would Limit How New York Museums Could Use Money From Sales of Artworks - NYTimes.com: "Selling parts of a collection to cover museum operating costs would be illegal under a bill introduced in the New York State Legislature late Tuesday afternoon. The bill, drafted by Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky in collaboration with the New York State Board of Regents and the Museum Association of New York, would prohibit museums from using proceeds from the sale of artworks “for traditional and customary operating expenses.”"

massnonprofit.org ::Mass. Congressional Delegation Fails to Join Nonprofit Caucus

massnonprofit.org ::: "March 13, 2009 — In a year when the work of Massachusetts nonprofits in ailing communities is increasingly critical, none of state’s representatives to the U.S. Congress have joined the 37-member House Philanthropy Caucus, a two-year-old bipartisan effort to inform fellow members of Congress about the important role the sector plays and to raise awareness about legislative issues affecting the sector."

What gives, N.Y.? -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY

What gives, N.Y.? -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY: "ow much clearer could this be? Federal law very properly spares charities and other nonprofit organizations from paying taxes, but it does so at a price."

New Mexico Independent » Bill to limit nonprofit political activity tabled

New Mexico Independent » Bill to limit nonprofit political activity tabled: "SANTA FE — A bill that attempts to restrict what New Mexico nonprofits can do during an election year has run into an immovable object: the House Judiciary Committee."

House Readies Passage of Volunteerism Bill Critics Call Pricey, Forced Service - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

House Readies Passage of Volunteerism Bill Critics Call Pricey, Forced Service - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com: "WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives is expected to pass a measure Wednesday that supporters are calling the most sweeping reform of nationally-backed volunteer programs since AmeriCorps. But some opponents are strongly criticizing the legislation, calling it expensive indoctrination and forced advocacy."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Charity law overhaul sparks concern - Boston Business Journal:

Charity law overhaul sparks concern - Boston Business Journal:: "The state Attorney General’s office is proposing a twentyfold increase in penalties against nonprofits that do not comply with filing regulations as part of proposed legislation designed to overhaul the state’s charities laws.

The legislation also would make it easier for nonprofits to dissolve, addressing the issue of nonprofit organizations that are registered with the AG’s office but are not operating. I"

New Mexico Independent » Roundhouse leaders target nonprofits’ activity with new bill

New Mexico Independent » Roundhouse leaders target nonprofits’ activity with new bill: "SANTA FE — State lawmakers and New Mexico’s nonprofit community are in a tense standoff at the Roundhouse. At stake, depending on who you speak to, is either nonprofits’ free speech or an orderly election. What is not in dispute is that lawmakers are looking to define what the nonprofits can and can’t do during an election year."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Keep the Gift Aid tax break, say fundraisers - Third Sector

Keep the Gift Aid tax break, say fundraisers - Third Sector: "Keep the Gift Aid tax break, say fundraisers

By Hannah Jordan, Third Sector, 10 March 2009

Obama's plan to cut relief for US donors would not work here, experts warn HMRC

Last month's announcement in the US of proposals to limit tax relief on donations by higher-rate taxpayers has increased concerns about reforming a comparable aspect of Gift Aid in the UK."

Courts set to decide charity bingo machine cases - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

Courts set to decide charity bingo machine cases - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee: "California tribal casino representatives warn that the state risks losing tens of millions of dollars in tribal revenue-sharing payments if authorities can't shut down charitable bingo parlors that operate casino-style machines."

Monday, March 09, 2009

Bill would permit friendly poker game, gambling for charity - Local - Myrtle Beach Online

Bill would permit friendly poker game, gambling for charity - Local - Myrtle Beach Online: "COLUMBIA -- A bill allowing social gambling and gambling-themed fundraisers has been introduced by an S.C. legislative leader who says it's none of the government's business if friends want to gather around a kitchen table and play cards.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, said the state's centuries-old anti-gambling laws sorely need a common-sense overhaul. But even with the backing of the powerful Judiciary Committee chairman, the bill faces tough odds in the legislature."

Measure would help nonprofit endowments | APP.com | Asbury Park Press

Measure would help nonprofit endowments | APP.com | Asbury Park Press: "New Jersey law prohibits many nonprofits from spending certain pools of money if the funds have decreased from their original value. The law, adopted by most states, has restricted the groups' spending as values of stocks and other investments have fallen this past year.

But a new bill being tossed around by a state Senate committee could soon make the off-limit funds accessible."

Monday, March 02, 2009

American Chronicle | In Letter to Speaker, Blunt Urges Bipartisan Effort to Protect Charities

American Chronicle | In Letter to Speaker, Blunt Urges Bipartisan Effort to Protect Charities: "In Letter to Speaker, Blunt Urges Bipartisan Effort to Protect Charities
Congressional Desk
March 01, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) requesting that she join him in protecting charities and the work they do from a damaging provision in President Barack Obama´s budget."

Thursday, February 26, 2009

UJC doesn’t like reduction in deduction either | Capital J | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

UJC doesn’t like reduction in deduction either | Capital J | JTA - Jewish & Israel News: "UJC doesn’t like reduction in deduction either

By Eric Fingerhut · February 26, 2009

United Jewish Communities is joining the Orthodox Union in expressing concern about a provision in President Obama's 2010 budget that would lower the charitable deduction taxpayers making more than $250,000 can take from 35 percent to 28 percent. Here's William Daroff, vice president of public policy and director of UJC's Washington office:"

Bill Would Allow Secretary to Set Charitable Mileage Rate | Planned Giving Design Center

Bill Would Allow Secretary to Set Charitable Mileage Rate | Planned Giving Design Center: "H.R. 524, introduced by John Lewis, D-Ga., would allow the Secretary of the Treasury to establish the standard mileage rate for use of a passenger automobile for purposes of the charitable contributions deduction and to exclude charitable mileage reimbursements from gross income."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BYU NewsNet - Nonprofit organizations gather at State Capitol

BYU NewsNet - Nonprofit organizations gather at State Capitol: "Nonprofit Day on the hill was “mostly an information day and a chance for legislators and nonprofit organizations to get acquainted,” said Don Gomes, executive director of the Utah Nonprofits Association. “It’s a confidence booster for nonprofits and it will help them learn who their legislators are.”"

Monday, February 23, 2009

Despite long odds, estate tax repeal proposed - The Connecticut Post Online

Despite long odds, estate tax repeal proposed - The Connecticut Post Online: "State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-36th District, is picking up right where predecessor William Nickerson left off on the issue of Connecticut's estate tax.

A little over a month after taking office, the Greenwich Republican has already introduced a bill in the General Assembly calling for the repeal of the controversial tax, a measure the Democrats say stands almost no chance of passage."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Compromise Stimulus Plan Restores Some Social Spending - Philanthropy.com

Compromise Stimulus Plan Restores Some Social Spending - Philanthropy.com: "Details of the agreement between congressional leaders on a compromise economic-stimulus measure are not yet all available, but an initial summary shows that lawmakers restored some social spending that had been cut in the Senate version of the bill."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

VUCast: Vanderbilt University's News Network

VUCast: Vanderbilt University's News Network: "Hundreds of Vanderbilt students will hit the dance floor Feb. 13-14 to benefit the health of area children during Dance Marathon, a 14-hour student-run event to raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Children’s Miracle Network."

djournal.com

djournal.com: "JACKSON - Bills that supporters say will make it easier for nonprofit charities to operate in Mississippi while not sacrificing state government oversight are alive in both chambers of the Legislature."

Friday, February 06, 2009

Lawmakers' charity fund-raising banned - al.com

Lawmakers' charity fund-raising banned - al.com: "Ethics panel limits cash funneling of legislators, spouses

MONTGOMERY - Alabama lawmakers and their spouses may not raise money for charities or direct the legislators' discretionary money to boards they serve on, says the state Ethics Commission.

In an advisory opinion, the commission said it doesn't matter whether the legislator or his or her spouse serves in a non-paying position on a non-profit board. The commission, on a 5-0 vote Wednesday, issued the opinion at the request of Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham."

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Colleges may start contributing more to the city - News

Colleges may start contributing more to the city - News: "n another attempt to increase payments from tax-exempt institutions, Mayor Thomas M. Menino last week formed a task force of college presidents, hospital officials and city agency representatives to regulate the payments that tax-exempt institutions make to the city instead of taxes. In a statement released Tuesday, Menino said agreements on upping PILOTs, or payments in lieu of taxes, are not about generating new revenue, though the city faces a $140 million budget deficit. Instead, he said, it is about making up for what the city loses on property taxes and for what students cause in damages."

Charity-box bill discloses how revenue is distributed | www.azstarnet.com ®

Charity-box bill discloses how revenue is distributed | www.azstarnet.com ®: "Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.05.2009

PHOENIX — So you took all those old shoes, out-of-style ties and jeans you haven't worn in years and put them into the box at the corner set up by the local charity.
Well, Rep. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, wants to make sure you really know how much from the sale of what you put in the box actually goes to helping those in need."

UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - To fight fraud, state posts registered charities - Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - To fight fraud, state posts registered charities - Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009: "CONCORD – State officials have posted the names of all registered charities and professional fundraisers on the Attorney General's Web site, and yesterday they urged people to pay close attention to any requests for donations or mail that announces financial awards."

Monday, February 02, 2009

EDITORIAL: Accurately reporting charity care | Editorials | Star-Telegram.com

EDITORIAL: Accurately reporting charity care | Editorials | Star-Telegram.com: "Meanwhile, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, is calling for audited reports on the extent of hospital charity care and how they spent government indigent-care funds. California legislators are making similar demands. Hospital associations are resisting."

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

State Watch | Texas Panel Proposes Changes To Calculate Value of Care Delivered by Charity Hospitals - Kaisernetwork.org

State Watch | Texas Panel Proposes Changes To Calculate Value of Care Delivered by Charity Hospitals - Kaisernetwork.org: "A work group appointed by Texas legislators has proposed a standard for defining and calculating the cost of charity care provided by not-for-profit hospitals in the state in order to determine the actual value of such care, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The proposal does not call for the hospitals to increase the amount of charity care they provide, but seeks to clarify how state and federal indigent-care funding is spent. State Sen. Jane Nelson (R) in a statement said, 'Our hospitals have become the de facto universal health plan for every uninsured person in this country,' adding, 'We need to be reimbursing our hospitals fairly for the uncompensated care they provide,' but 'we also have a responsibility to the taxpayer, which means more transparency and consistency is needed.'"

Friday, January 09, 2009

Independent Sector Outlines Public-Policy Priorities - Philanthropy.com

Independent Sector Outlines Public-Policy Priorities - Philanthropy.com: "Independent Sector Outlines Public-Policy Priorities

The new Congress and administration should bolster the social safety net, promote national service and charitable giving, ease lobbying restrictions on charities, and ensure that foreign-aid programs respect workers’ civil rights, according to policy proposals issued this week by Independent Sector."

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Cass County officials plan to help nonprofit groups

Cass County officials plan to help nonprofit groups: "State and county officials of Cass County are uniting together to support a plan to use the Missouri License Fee Offices to help local nonprofit groups or schools, according to a press release from North District County Commissioner Brian Baker."