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Can we keep dad's name off their building?

A local nonprofit wants to use my deceased father's name on their new building. Can they do that without our family's consent? Is there anything to stop anyone from using someone's name after their death in such a manner? We do not wish to have his name associated with this organization.  


Do these questions breach confidentiality?


I see all these questions you answer every week, and wonder if they are not a breach of confidentiality.  When can an individual ask a professional a question, just as an individual, not on behalf of the board, but just to clarify their own understanding? Making sure to not state the organization's name and make plain it is not on the board's authority?


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Talk with the Editor

Tuesday, June 21st
1:00 PM Eastern Time

You can ask your personal nonprofit legal questions directly to editor Don Kramer on one of our regular conference telephone calls. 

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Question of the Week

June 21-28, 2016
Our Board of Directors has had numerous ethical violations and even a criminal violation when a Board member forged another Board member’s name on checks. The woman who did that was not removed but stepped down when confronted. The President admitted he violated the bylaws by making deposits without the Treasurer's knowledge. The Board passed a policy that restricted the members from reviewing documents.  A member must attend the next Board meeting 30 minutes in advance to inspect the records and can’t make any copies.  The President has a judgment against him for creating a hostile work... read more

Employment Law

June 13, 2016

An African-American caseworker for a nonprofit providing services to mentally disabled persons...Read more

Deacons not liable for pastor’s termination

Individual church deacons are not personally...

Time washing uniforms at home not compensable

A federal District Court in Michigan has...

Youth ministry not “youth serving organization”

A congregant of a church serving as a...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards
By Cathy A. Trower

The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership offers a resource that shows how to achieve excellence and peak performance in the boardroom by putting into practice the groundbreaking model that was introduced in the book, Governance as Leadership. This proven model of effective governance explores how to attain proficiency in three governance modes or mindsets: fiduciary, strategic, and generative.


Lead Stories

June 20, 2016

The First Amendment prohibits courts from taking jurisdiction of church disputes involving...

Amendments Passed Without Approval Of Church Convention Are Void

An appellate court in Missouri has affirmed a...

Institute May Disaffiliate From Alumni Association

The New Jersey Institute of Technology, a 130...

California Enjoined From Requiring Schedule B with Registration

A federal District Court in California has...

Lessons from Litigation

June 23, 2016

A “planning committee” advising the Kent State University Foundation on the use of funds for a...Read more

Volunteer coach not liable in concussion death

A volunteer coach of a high school football...

Heirs have no reversionary interest in hospital property

The heirs of donors who gave land to the City...

Museum must admit attendant for disabled free

The Franklin Institute science museum in...

Tax Matters

June 20, 2016

A divided Supreme Court of Ohio has held that real estate used by a religious organization to...Read more

Easement not deductible with oral subordination

An oral subordination of existing mortgage...

Arts theater qualifies for real estate exemption

A community theater promoting independent and...

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