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Question of the Week

December 18-25, 2018
A charity has received a six figure unsolicited contribution from a donor advised fund located in another state in which the charity is not registered to solicit charitable contributions.  The donor/adviser, who lives in a third state where the charity has not registered, found the charity online.   Each of the states has a charitable solicitation registration law that would require the charity to register.  Where should the charity register because of this gift?   Answer

Employment Law

December 17, 2018

An appellate court in Kentucky has affirmed a trial court decision dismissing age...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...

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December Webinar Sale - 50% Off

Now through December 31st, you can purchase our recorded webinar Understanding Foundations, DAFs And Other Forms of Philanthropy for 50% off its regular price of $89. New subscribers can also start a FREE three-month trial subscription (an additional $17.95 value).

If you are a donor, a grant-seeker, a philanthropic manager, or a professional adviser to any of them, you need to know the rules that distinguish various philanthropic structures.

This webinar will focus on private foundations and their special requirements, but will compare private foundations with donor advised funds, supporting organizations, and other forms of charitable activity.

With private foundations, we will focus on the 2% excise tax on investment income, self-dealing (compared to excess benefits), the minimum distribution requirement, excess business holdings, jeopardy investments and socially responsible investments, and taxable expenditures, including the limitations on lobbying.  We will explain why many “conversion foundations” formed from the sale of charitable hospitals elected to become community foundations to avoid the limitations on lobbying.

Originally recorded on May 16, 2018. Learn more about the program

Lead Stories

November 19, 2018

An appellate court in Louisiana has affirmed dismissal of a suit by parishioners of a merged...

Charity Bike Ride Uninsured When Participant Is Injured

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit running long-distance...

Museum “Members” Can’t Stop Sale of Artworks

Dues-paying “members” of the Berkshire Museum...

Lessons from Litigation

December 17, 2018

How much does it cost in legal fees and expenses to prosecute a case to the U.S. Supreme Court...Read more

Trump can be sued in foundation case

A trial court judge in New York City has...

Court removes trustees of supporting organization

A federal District Court in Wisconsin has...

Church dispute not a federal case

Congregants of a church near the Pennsylvania...

Tax Matters


The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a Tax Court decision holding that a 501(c)(7)...Read more

Illinois Supreme Court upholds tax statute

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a...

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...

January 2019 Webinar

January 15, 2019
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Nonprofit Financial Statements Under the New Accounting Standards and Tax Act

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