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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.  


May board director live in (c)(3) organization’s house?

Can a 501(c)(3) own a house that is partly used as the organization's place of business and partly used as the home of the board director? Further, can the house be gifted to that board member upon his/her retirement if that is an agreement that has been previously put in writing?


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Question of the Week

August 23-30, 2016
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to individuals who have financial needs.  Occasionally some of our employees meet the eligibility requirements and are in need of assistance for utilities, food, medical payments or rent, but we have a policy that we cannot help our employees and must refer them to other agencies.  Could we change our policy and provide assistance to them? If we can change the policy, would we be required to report the assistance on their W-2 as compensation? All of our assistance is made directly to the service provider (i.e. landlord,... read more

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Employment Law


Matthew Leonard worked at a concession stand owned and operated by a for-profit company during...Read more

Caseworker may proceed with discrimination complaint

An African-American caseworker for a...

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...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
By Leslie R. Crutchfield, Heather McLeod Grant

What makes great nonprofits great? In the original book, authors Crutchfield and McLeod Grant employed a rigorous research methodology derived from for-profit books like Built to Last. They studied 12 nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact—from Habitat for Humanity to the Heritage Foundation—and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world.

This book has lessons for all readers interested in creating significant social change, including nonprofit managers, donors, and volunteers.

Lead Stories

August 19, 2016

The Court of Appeals of Minnesota has reversed a trial court decision and permitted...

$14.5 Million Judgments Lost for Lack of Jurisdiction

A citizen domiciled in Haiti cannot sue a...

Unincorporated Association Can’t Hold Title to Real Estate

The Supreme Court of North Dakota has refused...

What May Church, Pastor Litigate in Court?

The First Amendment prohibits courts from...

Lessons from Litigation


The national Council for American-Islamic Relations Action Network may be liable for the...Read more

Planning committee can’t contest use of gift

A “planning committee” advising the Kent...

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...

Tax Matters


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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