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I am the president of a 501(c)(3). We removed our Treasurer this year, due to some minor misconduct and personality conflicts. After her removal, we discovered she had not issued receipts to several donors of non-cash gifts. We demanded the names of the donors so we could issue our own receipts. She refused. We persisted, and she finally issued receipts on our behalf, using our Tax ID without our permission. She then sent us redacted copies of the receipts, with donor names and addresses blacked out. What, if any, right do I have to pursue this further? I feel the names have value to our club and I would like to be able to verify that she did not keep some of the donated items.

I think you have every right to the full story since she was acting only as an agent of the organization.  If any of the donations was $5000 or more you may have to report on the Schedule B of the Form 990.  Other officers, directors, or members could ask her as well for the information.  She might not enjoy stiffing everyone.  If she persists in withholding the information, however, you may untlimately have to determine whether it is worth actually suing her to get it. It sounds like you should win, but is it worth the cost?  --Don Kramer

 

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