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Should we remove director?

Is it reasonable, to ask for the resignation of a director of our 501(c)(3) volunteer fire department who has operated a personal business for several years and only recently discovered she is liable for several years back income (federal and state) taxes?  She claims to somehow have been ignorant of her obligation to file or pay taxes on the business.


May director be present by telephone?


Can a director be “present” during a monthly board meeting when participating by telephone?  The bylaw reads present, NOT physically present. I understand boards are now allowing board members to vote via teleconferencing. Could you please comment.  



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Question of the Week

February 2-9, 2016

I offered a four-night stay in my part time home at a charity auction event. A couple bought the item. In the meantime, I have permanently moved to this home and can't accommodate the folks who now want to come stay in my home. I never signed any legal documents related to this, so will the charity just reimburse the auction winners? Am I liable for anything?

Employment Law


A nonprofit hospital employee who applied for disability benefits from Social Security,...Read more

Volunteer Officer can’t claim retaliatory discharge

The right to claim damages from a retaliatory...

Workers do not show nonprofit housing group is under FLSA

A 501(c)(3) organization that operates soup...

Punitive damages for disclosure of protected health info?

A federal District Court in Philadelphia has...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Forces for Good
by Leslie R. Crutchfield

What makes great nonprofits great? In the original book, authors Crutchfield and McLeod Grant employed a rigorous research methodology derived from for-profit books like Built to Last. They studied 12 nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact—from Habitat for Humanity to the Heritage Foundation—and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world.

This book has lessons for all readers interested in creating significant social change, including nonprofit managers, donors, and volunteers.

Lead Stories

February 2, 2016

An appellate court in New York has permitted three churches to remove restrictions on...

Congress Stymies Clear Rules For (c)(4) Organizations

Members of Congress who were outraged that...

AG May Use Tainted Evidence In ‘Redacted v. Redacted’ Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overruled...

Lessons from Litigation

January 19. 2016

An appellate court in New York has affirmed a trial court’s decisions ordering a professional...Read more

Frat may be liable for negligence per se

When a female student was raped by a heavily...

Mortgage without members’ approval is not invalid

A mortgage granted by a failing hospital to...

May Court consider bylaw change, embezzlement at church?

Courts are generally reluctant to get...

Tax Matters

January 25, 2016

An appellate court in Illinois has held that the state legislature cannot expand the basis for...Read more

Nonprofit gets same refund interest as for-profits

Maimonides Medical Center, a nonprofit...

IRS withdraws unpopular substantiation alternative

The Internal Revenue Service has withdrawn...

Princeton must justify tax-exempt status

Princeton University has the burden of...

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