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Have you been asked to serve on a nonprofit board? If so, what legally related aspects do you need to learn? Or if you have just added a new director to your organization, what do you need to share with them? New directors should be well equipped to serve well on nonprofit boards. Here are key tips to promote organizational vitality, mission advancement, and leadership success.

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Why the Trump Foundation settlement was so unusual

City & State New York  New York’s case against the Trump Foundation was unusual. Last month, President Donald Trump admitted to misusing the charitable funds to boost his presidential campaign, pay off his companies’ debt and purchase a $10,000 portrait of himself. The admission came with what experts called an unprecedented punishment for such a foundation – he was ordered to pay $2 million in damages, to be sent to eight charities, and agreed to strict oversight if he ever attempted to head a nonprofit again.

Charitable Giving Is Down. It Might Be Time To Reform The Charitable Deduction.

NPR  The holidays are approaching. The Salvation Army's red kettles are jingling. Canvassers are canvassing. Public radio hosts are pleading. "Giving Season" is upon us, and it benefits a lot from the charitable tax deduction. But the reality is, only a sliver of taxpayers will receive this tax benefit.

Did St. Luke’s administrator’s pre-election email cautioning staff about Democratic judges violate IRS code?

The Morning Call  The day before Election Day, an email was sent to staff from the account of a senior administrator at St. Luke’s University Health Network, saying Democratic candidates for Superior Court are bankrolled by lawyers who sue hospitals, doctors and other medical providers.

Georgia ethics chief says nonprofit gave Abrams unreported aid

AJC.com  The state ethics commission’s director told the panel Wednesday that a voting advocacy nonprofit connected to Stacey Abrams acted as a political committee during the 2018 elections and should have both registered with the state and reported how much it raised and spent.

Arizona’s new tax law provides a tax break for your nonprofit giving

Inside Tucson Business  It’s the time of year when gift-giving is driven more by motivation than obligation. Beyond the heart-warming celebratory gatherings of friends and family, it’s the time of year when nonprofit organizations reach out to supporters and donors—current, past and new—to consider a year-end gift, or investment, in agencies doing so much good work in communities large and small.

Chicago’s nonprofit hospitals earn and deserve tax exemption

Crain's Chicago Business  For more than a century, Illinois court decisions — including a state Supreme Court ruling last year — have held that nonprofit hospitals should receive property tax exemption when they provide valuable charitable and community services. Additionally, a bipartisan law enacted by the General Assembly in 2012 sets clear state standards — that are actually more stringent than federal standards — specifying what counts and how much is needed for a hospital to earn property tax exemption.

Ohio Bill Targets Nonprofit Booze Laws

The NonProfit Times  Things soon might get significantly more jolly at nonprofits and churches in Ohio. A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the state legislature to make it easier for organizations to give away baskets of booze and use them as prizes in raffles.

New Bill Would Encourage All Taxpayers to Give in Tight Financial Times

ECFA  In conjunction with the annual Giving Tuesday celebrated this year on December 3, Congressman Mark Walker of North Carolina has reintroduced legislation known as the “Universal Charitable Giving Act” to encourage all Americans to give generously to support the critical work of our nation’s charities.

‘A Double Scam Rolled Into One’: Montgomery County Residents Get Refunds After Donation Scheme

WAMU  At least 164 Montgomery County residents donated to what they thought was the local fire department. Their money actually went to a political action committee.

S.C. court holds charitable group in contempt, warrant issued for CEO’s arrest

WMBF News  The South Carolina Administrative Law Court has held a “rogue organization” in contempt for violating an order barring the organization from soliciting within the state, according to the S.C. Secretary of State.

Why the Trump Foundation settlement was so unusual

City & State New York  New York’s case against the Trump Foundation was unusual. Last month, President Donald Trump admitted to misusing the charitable funds to boost his presidential campaign, pay off his companies’ debt and purchase a $10,000 portrait of himself. The admission came with what experts called an unprecedented punishment for such a foundation – he was ordered to pay $2 million in damages, to be sent to eight charities, and agreed to strict oversight if he ever attempted to head a nonprofit again.

Charitable Giving Is Down. It Might Be Time To Reform The Charitable Deduction.

NPR  The holidays are approaching. The Salvation Army's red kettles are jingling. Canvassers are canvassing. Public radio hosts are pleading. "Giving Season" is upon us, and it benefits a lot from the charitable tax deduction. But the reality is, only a sliver of taxpayers will receive this tax benefit.