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Can we keep dad's name off their building?

A local nonprofit wants to use my deceased father's name on their new building. Can they do that without our family's consent? Is there anything to stop anyone from using someone's name after their death in such a manner? We do not wish to have his name associated with this organization.  


May booster club share surplus with participants?


Families at our gym team are required to be members of our gymnastics booster club. Each year, we pay an assessment to the club. At the end of the year, any surplus in the general fund is divided by the number of family members and is moved to the individual escrow accounts. Is this practice is allowed?



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Question of the Week

May 24-31, 2016
We have been solicited by a sponsor to potentially receive a large donation.  The sponsor is not making the donation but we are told that if they recommend us that we will get funding from the donor.  The unknown that we are concerned about is that the sponsor is requesting that we "rebate" to them 50% of the donation.  Do we have any problem in doing that and how would that be done?   Answer

Employment Law

May 16, 2016

A federal District Court in Michigan has dismissed a potential class action suit against the...Read more

Youth ministry not “youth serving organization”

A congregant of a church serving as a...

Hospital worker may be fired for refusing vaccine

A hospital employee who works in patient care...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers (AFP Fund Development Series)
By Janice Gow Pettey

Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers is a practical, helpful, and ultimately inspiring resource for nonprofits large and small, young and mature, local and international. The insightful guidance and case studies found within these pages will help you understand how to address specific ethical issues within your nonprofit and leave plenty of food for thought and discussion.

Lead Stories

May 23, 2016

A federal District Court in California has permanently enjoined the Attorney General of...

Breach of Duty Judgment Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled...

Committee Member Not Insured For Alleged Hacking Incident

Sally Leonard, a member of the paddling...

New Members May Take Over Nonprofit By Paying Dues and Calling Meeting

A largely dormant nonprofit corporation has...

Lessons from Litigation

May 23, 2016

A bankruptcy trustee for a charitable organization has failed in her attempt to recover damages...Read more

Court rejects appeal of Sierra Club volunteer

An appellate court in California has declined...

What happens to bequest when church closes?—II

The answer to this question depends on whom...

Tax Matters

May 16, 2016

Post-death events in the administration of a decedent’s estate...Read more

Arts theater qualifies for real estate exemption

A community theater promoting independent and...

Court denies IRS plea to avoid discovery

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ripped...

Zoning violation doesn’t jeopardize real estate exemption

An alleged violation of a local zoning...

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