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Does public gift recognition shame those who don’t give?

Our board has voted to publicly thank donors in a weekly email. Several members felt that acknowledging the contributing families would be good publicity and encourage more parents to contribute. I voted strongly against it because I believe that publishing donor's names to the entire group is offensive and unfair. Is there a privacy concern that would restrict the publishing of names?


What do we do about bounced donation check?

I am on the board of a high school sports booster club. We have a few parents who have written membership checks to the program that have been returned by the bank for insufficient funds. May we collect the bank fees that we were charged for the returned check, and if so, how do we go about it?


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Thursday, October 13th
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

September 20-27, 2016
I am founder of a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering classes and services to help people better themselves, in both career and life. I will be one of a seven-member board.  I will also be the executive director, initially being paid $300/month. I have written some books over the last 15 years that will help the students succeed, and the board wants to include two of them in the learning programs. My understanding is that as long as the NFP buys the books below market value, determines that no equivalent books exist, purchases only what is needed for the actual number of students enrolled, and... read more

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Employment Law

August 29, 2016

A planned giving officer for the Salvation Army in Arkansas is...Read more

Volunteer must arbitrate wage claim

Matthew Leonard worked at a concession stand...

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...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Understanding Nonprofit Organizations: Governance, Leadership, and Management
From Westview Press

Edited by two leading nonprofit organizations scholars, Understanding Nonprofit Organizations features classic and current readings, and brand new case studies by C. Kenneth Meyer, on the crucial issues in the management of nonprofit organizations.

Lead Stories

August 29, 2016

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has reached a new agreement with the trustees of...

$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...

Lessons from Litigation

August 31, 2016

An attorney has been disbarred by the Utah Supreme Court for failing to disgorge a $30,000 fee...Read more

National may be liable for chapter’s failure after all

The national Council for American-Islamic...

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...

Tax Matters

August 31, 2016

A portion of a cemetery parcel improved with a single family...Read more

Lessor LLC not exempt from real estate tax

A divided Supreme Court of Ohio has upheld a...

Radio church gets real estate tax exemption

A divided Supreme Court of Ohio has held that...

Easement not deductible with oral subordination

An oral subordination of existing mortgage...

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