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Robert’s Rules: Keeping Good Order and Other Key Nonprofit Tips

When should nonprofits use Robert’s Rules? And to what extent? Robert’s Rules can provide a deliberative body and its leaders with helpful parameters for properly addressing matters in an informed, effective, and beneficial manner.

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Sen. Cotton Seeks IRS Investigation Into SPLC’s Tax-Exempt Status

Washington Free Beacon   Sen. Tom Cotton (R - AR) is seeking an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  Cotton sent the letter to the IRS April 2 and urges an investigation into whether the SPLC "should retain its classification as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization" amid news reports that have verified the "long-established fact that the SPLC regularly engages in defamation of its political opponents."

Bipartisan IRS Reform

ASPPA  Key members of Congress have introduced separate legislation to revamp the Internal Revenue Service.  All tax-exempt organizations would be required to file their Forms 990 electronically.

Trump signs executive order on free speech on college campuses

The Washington Post  President Trump signed an executive order Thursday protecting freedom of speech on college campuses, surrounded by student activists who have said conservative views are suppressed at universities.

After Scandal, Higher Ed Fundraisers Fear Efforts to Curtail Deductions

The Chronicle of Philanthropy  Higher-education fundraisers and advocates are concerned that the Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal could spark a wave of efforts to curtail tax breaks for giving to universities, which would have a huge impact on their revenue.

Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for Religious Freedom

National Review  The secretary has announced that the Department of Education will no longer discriminate against religious organizations seeking to provide school services.

University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals

The Baltimore Sun  Nine members of the University of Maryland Medical System’s Board of Directors — including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh — have business deals with the hospital network that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each, a review by The Baltimore Sun has found.

Taxes and penalties may await wealthy parents in college admissions scam

CNBC  Wealthy parents ensnared in a massive college admissions scheme may have another worry on the horizon: the IRS.

Affordable Housing Sales Tax Exemption Passes House

The Suburban Times  A tax break for non-profits who build affordable housing passed the state House Monday by a vote of 95-1.

NewSpring Church denies liability for volunteer accused of child sex abuse

Baptist News Global  A Southern Baptist megachurch in South Carolina says it is not responsible for actions of a former volunteer criminally accused of sexually assaulting preschool boys inside a church bathroom while security cameras rolled.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case on Church Repairs Using Tax Money

The New York Times  The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not hear a case about whether a New Jersey county could allow churches to participate in grant programs for historic preservation even though the State Constitution forbids using tax money “for building or repairing any church.”

Sen. Cotton Seeks IRS Investigation Into SPLC’s Tax-Exempt Status

Washington Free Beacon   Sen. Tom Cotton (R - AR) is seeking an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  Cotton sent the letter to the IRS April 2 and urges an investigation into whether the SPLC "should retain its classification as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization" amid news reports that have verified the "long-established fact that the SPLC regularly engages in defamation of its political opponents."

Bipartisan IRS Reform

ASPPA  Key members of Congress have introduced separate legislation to revamp the Internal Revenue Service.  All tax-exempt organizations would be required to file their Forms 990 electronically.