Will lobbying violate bylaws?

A 501(c)(3) that holds tracts of land for public purposes has the usual bylaw prohibition against attempting to influence legislation.

The organization would like to promote the idea of a county-wide Park District.

Would that be a violation of the bylaws? Answer

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Question of the Week

February 24-March 3, 2015
We are a small 501(c)(19) veterans' organization that decided 9 years ago to set up an "Assistance Fund" to try to help vets with needs that fell outside normal VA support, including educational assistance. We have had few applications and fewer that demonstrated any degree of need. We want to dissolve the fund, but realize these are restricted gifts. We see three options: 1) Relax our criteria and make grants to a wider group and/or with less demonstration of need; 2) Donate the funds to an organization with similar goals; or 3) With...
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Employment Law


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Employee fired for emailing HIPAA information

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Whistleblowers protected under Minnesota law

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Female vet may proceed with equal pay claim

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Lead Stories


The Volunteer Protection Act does not protect volunteer directors from personal liability for...

Donor Lacks Standing To Enforce Conditions on Gift

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Court Says Suit Against Donors Violates Anti-SLAPP Law

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Estates May Sue Ministry For Wrongful Death Damages

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Lessons from Litigation


In the latest development in a long-running bankruptcy case involving a failed nursing home in...Read more

Medical staff granted right to sue hospital over bylaws

The Supreme Court of Minnesota has granted...

Former members lack standing to sue nonprofit

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has held...

Club has no obligation to approve membership transfer

A bankruptcy court in New York has refused to...

Tax Matters


The Freedom from Religion Foundation and two of its top officers lack standing to challenge the...Read more

Court denies exemption to group home provider

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has...

Vacant school, available for lease or sale, eligible for exemption

A vacant school that the owner was actively...

How do you value remainder interest in LLC?

When the taxpayer values a charitable...

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