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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
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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 27-October 4, 2016
We have a nonprofit corporation with 200 "shareholders" that is trying to include a statement in the bylaws that no amendment would apply to certain specific people. That would indicate, in the event of any amendment, we would actually have two separate bylaws - - one for certain named individuals and another for the remaining majority. Is it legal to have two separate sets of bylaws?”   Answer

Employment Law


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

The Simplified Guide to Not-for-Profit Accounting, Formation and Reporting

A complete and easy to understand guide to the fundamentals of how not-for-profit organizations are formed and run, as well as their structure and the unique accounting and reporting issues they face. Providing you with a comprehensive understanding of how to maintain the "books" of a typical nonprofit entity and comply with numerous reporting requirements, The Simplified Guide to Not-for-Profit Accounting, Formation & Reporting equips you with everything you need to know to form a Not-For-Profit, setup an accounting system, record financial transactions and report to donors and regulatory bodies.

Lead Stories

September 26, 2016

A federal District Court in Utah has ruled that an association lacks standing to claim that...

PA OAG Reaches New Agreement With Trustees of Hershey School

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General...

$14.5 Million Judgments Lost for Lack of Jurisdiction

A citizen domiciled in Haiti cannot sue a...

Lessons from Litigation

September 27, 2016

An appellate court in Pennsylvania has affirmed a trial court decision refusing to invade the...Read more

Is Institute liable for employee’s traffic accident?

Is the Culinary Institute of America liable...

Executor surcharged for below-market sale of property

The executor of a decedent’s estate in New...

Attorney disbarred for retaining fee

An attorney has been disbarred by the Utah...

Tax Matters

September 26, 2016

The Supreme Court of Oregon has overruled a Tax Court decision and held that a vacant lot...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...

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