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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

September 19-26, 2017
Our small regional conservation nonprofit serves seven counties. Our directors are appointed by two entities in each county, giving each county three votes. One member is appointed by the county’s conservation district, one is appointed by the county commissioners office and one is appointed by agreement of both entities. Our bylaws currently permit removal of a director who attends less than half of the year’s meetings. Our board development committee would like to add a provision to permit removing a member “for other causes” after notice and a two-thirds vote of the board.  Do we have any... read more

Employment Law

September 7, 2017

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...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Recorded Webinar: Fundraising events, auctions, sponsorships and acknowledgements

If you missed our August webinar you can listen to the recorded version at your convenience.
Charities raising funds through special events or other activities that involve sponsorships, auctions, lotteries, or thank-you gifts must deal with a variety technical legal requirements in advertising, calculating, and acknowledging the money. This webinar reviews those rules so that charities can comply with the interlocking requirements.

It covers:
charitable solicitation registration
substantiation and “quid pro quo” acknowledgments
sponsorship rules distinguishing contributions from advertising
unrelated business income tax possibilities
charity auctions and their special rules for valuing contributions
lotteries and sweepstakes in-kind contributions
Form 990 reporting and more

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Lead Stories

September 18, 2017

A trial court in North Carolina has refused to dismiss a corporate derivative suit brought by a...

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...

Oxford House Group Home Gets Disability Accommodation

A federal District Court in Louisiana has...

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

September 5, 2017

The donors claimed $145,250 in charitable contribution deductions for gifts of clothing and...Read more

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...

Unsubordinated mortgage voids deduction for easement

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has...

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