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About Nonprofit Issues

About Nonprofit Issues

Nonprofit Issues® is a national Web newsletter of "Nonprofit Law You Need To Know." Written for nonprofit officers and directors and their professional advisors, Nonprofit Issues provides clear, concise and comprehensive coverage of real issues that affect nonprofits every day.

What do subscribers receive?

Subscribers and non-subscribers alike receive our weekly question and answer where Don Kramer responds to readers' questions on topics of general interest.

Subscribers have full access to each new article as it is posted on our website.  We normally add new content every week.  Subscribers also receive  full editions of the newsletter containing recent nonprofit legal news. We provide direct links to cases, statutes or regulations where available so that you can review the full text of the document. We give you direct links to related stories in Nonprofit Issues®, including links to relevant Ready Reference pages.

Through our archives area, back issues are available free to subscribers, including the complete library of more than 120 Ready Reference Pages and more than 800 searchable answers to readers' questions.. The Ready Reference Pages are generally 1200-word plain-English summaries of important issues of nonprofit law and governance.  The archive is word-searchable and available 24/7.

Subscribers (and non-subscribers) can Ask Don Kramer specific questions about their organizations or discuss ideas raised by the stories of each issue.  Subscribers recive a discount on participation and half off for a call within three months of their initial subscription.  Callers will not receive legal advice, but will get the benefit of Don's long experience and perspective on the field.  Readers can access Ask Don Kramer through our Store.

Subscribers also receive a discount on our monthly webinars on topics of general nonprofit legal interest.  Check our Store for a description of the next webinar and access to pre-recorded webinars previously presented.

What do we cover?

We select from current federal and state cases the issues of critical importance to nonprofit executives and their advisors such as:

  • federal tax law
  • employment law
  • board liability
  • volunteer law
  • corporate governance
  • foundation rules
  • charitable giving
  • insurance
  • copyright
  • trademark
  • state tax exemption

We put it all in a format that is quick to scan, easy to read and sometimes even fun. Most issues include either a Ready Reference Page summarizing some aspect of the rules and regulations that control nonprofit activity or additional answers to readers' questions.

Who is Don Kramer?

Donald W. Kramer is chair of the Nonprofit Law Group at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.  Mr. Kramer has more than 40 years of experience dealing with the concerns of nonprofit organizations, not only as a lawyer, but also as a teacher, writer, publisher, and board member. He is editor and publisher of Don Kramer's Nonprofit Issues®, a national electronic newsletter of "Nonprofit Law You Need to Know", which he started at Montgomery, McCracken in 1989.  He writes and lectures frequently on nonprofit legal issues, and has taught courses on nonprofit organization law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and Eastern University.  He has worked with nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, helping structure start-up situations and restructure multi-organizational social service, health and educational systems.  He counsels on a wide range of corporate, governance, tax, real estate, charitable giving and other nonprofit issues.  Mr. Kramer also serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement and the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation. He served as Deputy Development Coordinator and Assistant to the Mayor of Philadelphia before joining Montgomery, McCracken in 1972.  A graduate of Princeton University, he earned an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School.

Don Kramer has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since the 2012 edition in the practice area of Non-Profit/Charities law.  He has also been named a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania for the last several years.

Virginia P. Sikes, Esq. Ms. Sikes is senior counsel in the Tax Section of the Business Department at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP and has been the firm's Managing Partner. She is a member of the firm's Exempt Organizations Group. Her practice focuses on federal income taxation of individuals, corporations, trusts and exempt organizations. She frequently lectures on tax and accounting issues. Ms. Sikes earned an A.B. degree and then an M.Ed. degree from the University of North Carolina, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Stone Scholar and served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. She clerked for The Honorable Max Rosenn of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Sikes has been a lecturer in Temple University's master in taxation program, and has taught an exempt organizations course in Drexel University's master in arts administration program. She is on the board of directors of Wilkes University.

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