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Is this expulsion a selective prosecution?

Our tax-exempt nonprofit been sued.  The lawsuit is a public record and a 30-year member gave it to another person for information.  The member was expelled for transmitting the public document. This is the first member to ever have been expelled from the membership.  Is this selective prosecution by the Board?

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Lead Story Archives

Foundation, President Not Liable
For Defamation of Grantee’s Former Exec
Court finds no evidence that president said anything untrue about former executive of agency being audited on grant
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Unincorporated Associations
Cannot Sue or Be Sued
Nearly ten years after start of litigation,
Kentucky Supreme Court throws out case

Great-Great-Grandson Denied Right
To Reopen Estate to Protect Painting
Attorney General has authority to litigate
disposition of art given to William H. Seward

Lessons from Litigation

Garden Club not liable for falling tree

ASPCA not a “victim” of animal abuse and can’t collect for work
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Employment Law

Can nonprofit compete with for-profit?
Full Article

Behind the Numbers

Forest Held by Conservation Group Is Exempt

ABA Retirement Funds not exempt

Deduction denied for “quid pro quo” easement
Full Article

Issue Notes

CLE, CPE Credit Now Available

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Ready Reference

Ready Reference Page No. 130
Form 990 Reporting for Special Events
Can Be Tricky – And Is Often Wrong
Many returns fail to separate contributions and other amounts because nonprofits fail to keep adequate records
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I am on the Board of a 501(c)(3) private school that has nine buildings on its campus.  Many are in need of modernization and the finances of the school do not allow that at the moment.  The Chair wishes to 'sell' the main administration building to a contractor/consultant for $1 and then let the contractor get the financing to upgrade the building.  The contractor will then 'lease' the building back to the school until the cost is paid.  I do not think it would be legal or ethical and would harm the nonprofit status of the school as donors would donate to a capital campaign to improve the building in question but the building would not be owned by the school.  Would donors still be able to take a tax deduction?  What are your thoughts on this scheme? Answer

Risk and Reward

Tips on reducing risks of litigation and liability by Melanie Herman, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Mangement Center, Washington, D.C.

Dangerous Risk Management Myths and Untruths

Behind the Numbers

Clear explanations of financial and accounting issues for nonprofits.

Behind the Numbers
Development and accounting information disagrees?
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