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Where can I report misconduct at nonprofit?


Where can you report unethical or illegal conduct of a nonprofit organization? There has been repeated verbal abuse, threats to other employees and theft by an employee.  There has been no action taken by the president or the supervisor. The employee is related to the board president.


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Question of the Week

October 16-23, 2018
We sometimes have donors pay the expenses for fundraising events held in their homes. We give them the option of having the bills sent directly to the charity for payment, and then we invoice the donor who makes a contribution in that amount.  In other cases, the donor pays the expenses directly and we treat this as an in-kind contribution. In both cases, we provide an acknowledgment letter showing the contribution and that they received no goods or services in exchange for the contribution. Are we okay offering both of these options? Answer

Employment Law

October 15, 2018

The dean of a Christian seminary has been permitted to proceed with a breach of contract claim...Read more

Communications manager and bookkeeper are “employees”

An appellate court in New York has affirmed a...

Does whistleblower policy protect whistleblower?

Columbia University published its...

Volunteers at church restaurant not under FLSA

Unpaid members of a church who volunteer to...

Ask Don Kramer your nonprofit legal questions

Ever have a quick nonprofit question that you think should be discussed with a lawyer? Not ready to hire counsel? Consider an Ask Don Kramer call.

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October Webinar Sale - 50% Off

Now through October 31th, you can purchase our recorded webinar 5 Critical Policies for Nonprofits for 50% off its regular price of $89.  New subscribers can also start a FREE three-month trial subscription (an additional $17.95 value).

Understanding the contents of policies - their opportunities and risks - can make your organization more effective.

We will highlight policies promulgated and copyrighted by the Standards for Excellence Institute, the national program for ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector. The Standards were originally developed by Maryland Nonprofits and are being promoted nationally with 10 replication partners, including the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

We cover the following:
Conflict of Interest
Document Retention

Originally recorded on March 14, 2018. Learn more about the program

Lead Stories

October 8, 2018

Dues-paying “members” of the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, who have no voting rights in...

For-Profit Hospital Cannot Receive Funds From Charitable Trust

When Kathryn Seymour executed her Amended...

Criminal Sentence Based On Estimates of Loss, Not Plea

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has...

Lessons from Litigation

September 4, 2018

The president and a director of the Network of Neighbors, a 501(c)(3) organization on Martha’s...Read more

Isn’t bequest of cat and $6000 enough?

When Alan R. Dawe died in New York state in...

When is a grant more than a grant?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation...

Court approves cy pres of trust to conversion foundation

An appellate court in Pennsylvania has...

Tax Matters

September 27, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a statute setting requirements for charitable tax...Read more

Illinois Supreme Court upholds tax statute

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a...

“Personal tax shelter” fails in Tax Court

A retired grandmother who is “fond of...

Hospital’s child care center not exempt

An appellate court in Colorado has affirmed...

November Webinar

Nonprofit Mergers, Acquisitions and Affiliations
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
1:30-3:00 PM ET
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