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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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Talk with the Editor Is Now Ask Don Kramer!

You can discuss your personal nonprofit legal questions directly with editor Don Kramer. We can schedule a phone call at a mutually agreeable time, usually within two business days of your request.

You can ask about stories in our recent issues, one of our recent questions, or a particular question of nonprofit law facing your organization. Feel free to gather your people around your conference phone if you want others to hear the answers.

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Question of the Week

September 25-October 2, 2018
Our 501(c)(3) organization has a gentleman who is writing a book and would like to donate copies for us to give to folks who donate $100 or more. We were thinking that the prime time to start this would be during the annual Community Gives Day with our community foundation, when we usually get a bunch of new donors. Here’s the sticky part: the substantiation letter for the donation comes from the community foundation. There is no indication that donors will “receive” anything for their donation. May the donor claim the full gift as a deduction because this is a “low cost item” that doesn’t... read more

Employment Law

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September 4, 2018

An appellate court in New York has affirmed a decision of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal...Read more

Does whistleblower policy protect whistleblower?

Columbia University published its...

Volunteers at church restaurant not under FLSA

Unpaid members of a church who volunteer to...

LPN dismissed for failing to follow protocol

A licensed practical nurse at a nonprofit...

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.

You won't get legal advice. The discussion isn't confidential and does not create an Attorney-Client relationship. 

You will get Don's general reactions based on more than 40 years of experience with nonprofits.

You can schedule a call with Don and start a FREE 60-day subscription to Nonprofit Issues for the low price of $69.
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September Webinar Sale - 50% Off

Now through September 30th, 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
Whistleblower
Document Retention
Compensation
Confidentiality

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

Lead Stories

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September 25, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed two District Court decisions enjoining the...

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...

Improper Selection of Directors Voids Payments for Pastor’s Wife

The bylaws of the Refuge Temple Church of God...

Lessons from Litigation

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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

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August 28, 2018

A retired grandmother who is “fond of shopping” developed what she described at trial as her “...Read more

Hospital’s child care center not exempt

An appellate court in Colorado has affirmed...

IRS kills Schedule B except for public charities

The Internal Revenue Service has decided that...

Court refuses to exempt another 202 housing project

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has...

October Webinar

State Charitable Solicitation Statutes:
Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

October 17, 2018
1:30-3:00 PM ET

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