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Anti-terrorism Efforts in the Nonprofit Sector

Many U.S.-based nonprofit organizations have an international component to their operations. If your nonprofit organization provides charitable resources to organizations and individuals overseas, whether in the form of goods, cash grants, or services, it is crucial that you perform and memorialize certain due diligence procedures concerning where and to whom you are sending such resources. The U.S. imposes significant civil and criminal penalties on any person, including nonprofit organizations, who finances or otherwise supports terrorism.

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At George Mason, what’s next after review of gifts?

The Washington Post  It took nearly a dozen meetings, four months and the careful deliberation of professors and administrators.

Freedom from Religion Foundation group sues IRS over tax exemption

Religion News Service  (RNS) — An atheist relief organization has sued the Internal Revenue Service, claiming its tax-exempt status was unfairly revoked.

Nonprofit Learns to Pay Attention the Hard Way

Nonprofit Quarterly  A nonprofit in a small town in North Carolina organizes a local public event, only to discover that it had never actually submitted its tax-exemption paperwork to the IR

Private Schools Could Take Unintended Hit From IRS Donation Regs

Proposed IRS regulations cracking down on state workarounds to the deduction cap for state and local taxes (SALT) may end up shattering private school donation programs, including those in red Sout

Food For The Poor Settles With Michigan AG

The NonProfit Times  Food For The Poor has agreed to a settlement over allegations of deceptive charitable solicitations with the Michigan Attorney General Office’s Charitable Trust Section that includes a payment of $300,000.

Musings on the Meaning of “Primary”

Nonprofit Law Prof Blog  The recent Illinois Supreme Court decision in Oswald v. Hamer, which I discuss here, got me thinking about the meaning of an all-important word in charitable tax exemption. That word is “primary.”

Widely used nonprofit efficiency tool doesn't work

Science Daily  A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that the tool most often used to assess the efficiency of nonprofit organizations isn't just inaccurate -- it can actually be negatively correlated with efficiency.

News Alert – Finance Releases Proposed Legislative Changes to Political Activities Rules

Miller Thomson  On Sept 14, 2018, the Department of Finance released draft legislation proposing amendments to the provisions in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act”) that deal with political activities by registered charities and registered Canadian amateur athletic associations (“RCAAAs”). This draft legislation, which is accompanied by a backgrounder, is open for comment until October 13, 2018.

Ted Cruz Campaign Is Mailing Donation Requests Disguised as Legal Summonses

Newsweek  Ted Cruz’s Texas senatorial campaign has sent hundreds of thousands of mailers seeking donations that are meant to look like official county summons, a high-ranking campaign official confirmed to Newsweek.

New Orleans Residents Sue Brad Pitt Foundation: Celebrities and Disaster Relief

Nonprofit Quarterly  Celebrities often play significant roles when disasters hit, contributing their names, reputations, and financial resources at a time when the need is great, and support must be raised quickly.

At George Mason, what’s next after review of gifts?

The Washington Post  It took nearly a dozen meetings, four months and the careful deliberation of professors and administrators.

Freedom from Religion Foundation group sues IRS over tax exemption

Religion News Service  (RNS) — An atheist relief organization has sued the Internal Revenue Service, claiming its tax-exempt status was unfairly revoked.