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Should officer use personal credit card for (c)(3) purchases?


An officer of a nonprofit uses his personal credit card to pay the organization’s bills, and then submits a voucher to be reimbursed so he can earn a 2% credit for goods purchased and keep it for his personal use. Should the officer be doing this on a regular basis?


What do we tell winners of lottery or auction?


If our 501(c)(3) nonprofit has a raffle and the prize is worth more than $600, do we have to advise winner and tell the IRS of the winnings?  If we offered the same items through an auction format, and the value of each item was less, would there be an obligation to advise the highest bidder of any tax burden. We are currently raffling sports tickets that have a value of either just under or just over $600.


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Question of the Week

October 17-24, 2017
I've attended many of your webinars and I think you've covered this question, but I can't seem to find the actual back-up to reassure me that I'm remembering correctly.  Can a donor fulfill a legally binding pledge by making a payment through a United Way donor designation program? I'm pretty sure that he can't/shouldn't, but would like to have some back-up before I tell him no.   Answer

Employment Law


A employee claiming that she was fired in retaliation for taking family medical leave has to...Read more

Employee may proceed with FMLA retaliation, ADA claims

An employee of a nonprofit continuing care...

Failure to disclose illness destroys disability claim

An executive director’s failure to disclose...

Violation of conflict policy beats retaliation charge

Termination for violation of a healthcare...





Nonprofit Issues will partner with Montgomery McCracken for the 27th Annual This Year in Nonprofit Law

Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 
Law offices of Montgomery McCracken
Philadelphia, PA 

Keynote Presentation
Can Philanthropy Save Journalism?

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Lead Stories

October 2, 2017

An appellate court in California has affirmed a trial court decision refusing to compel...

Diocese Denied Bequest When Church School Had Closed

An appellate court in New York has affirmed a...

Foundation Liable for Punitive Damages In Receiving Gift Induced by Fraud

James M. Montgomery convinced an employee of...

Lessons from Litigation


A candidate for director of the nonprofit Cairn Terrier Club of America could not overturn the...Read more

Volunteer coach may be sued for death after concussion

A volunteer coach of a high school football...

Mastercard may limit contribution to charity

From 2011 to 2015, Mastercard International...

Applicant loses suit for denial of grant

A federal District Court in Seattle has...

Tax Matters

October 2, 2017

The City of Rutland, VT, has lost its argument that a pair of parent-child centers offering a...Read more

Donors denied deduction for $145,000 in clothing and furniture

The donors claimed $145,250 in charitable...

Ping pong club not exempt from real estate tax

A 501(c)(3) ping pong club is not exempt from...

$33 million deduction lost for failure to report basis

The failure to list the cost basis of a...

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