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How Much Liability Insurance Do Nonprofits Need?

All nonprofits should obtain sufficient insurance coverage for their organization’s activities, property, and other needs. The following article addresses liability coverage aspects for risk management purposes, such as warranted for children’s programs and other activities involving participants on the premises. It is published by permission from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. 

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How Nonprofit Hospitals Can Support Communities and Advance Public Health

Center for American Progress  Hospitals, critical providers of essential care throughout the pandemic, can serve an influential role in bolstering health equity and population health; and health systems around the nation are increasingly recognizing this responsibility. Nonprofit hospitals have a unique obligation to advance community health. Their tax-free status—saving nonprofit hospitals an average of $11.3 million annually, per hospital—hinges on a need to provide benefit to the community.

After negotiating to revise new Missouri law, Christian boarding school sues to block it

Missouri Independent Heartland Christian Academy has defied government intervention through the courts before. A Christian boarding school from northeast Missouri with a history of defying government intervention filed a federal lawsuit last week seeking to block oversight requirements in a new state law — even after negotiating with legislators to revise the law’s provisions.

Nonprofits Say They’ve Felt a Legal Squeeze from the De Blasio Administration

City Limits  Parks groups and BIDs believe the city has tried to offload legal liability onto small organizations that are built to rally volunteers and sweep plazas, not battle lawsuits.  

NYC Must Give Teachers With Medical And Religion Exemptions Non-Classroom Work, Arbitrator Finds

Gothamist  An arbitrator has ruled that New York City must offer teachers with certain medical and religious exemptions non-classroom assignments, after the teachers' union argued that the city's requirement that all school employees—teachers, administrators, and other staff—must be vaccinated by September 27th was "draconian."

North Carolina General Assembly Passes Bill Limiting Nonprofit Donor Disclosure

Ballotpedia News On August 25, 2021, the North Carolina Senate voted 25-19 to approve S636, a bill that would make donations to nonprofit corporations confidential. The bill now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper (D).

What the bill proposes

 S636 prohibits the public disclosure of names or identifying information of donors to nonprofit organizations.

Locast Loses Key Defense Against Major Networks' Copyright Claims

Reuters A Manhattan federal court has knocked out an important Copyright Act defense for over-the-air streaming service Locast against infringement claims brought by the four major U.S. television networks.

Despite being a nonprofit, Locast makes too much money from user payments to be exempt from ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox's claims under part of the law that protects nonprofits retransmitting copyrighted works, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled Tuesday.

The Lansing Catholic school that sued the state over its mask mandate lost in federal court

FOX 47 News  A Lansing Catholic school that sued the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, claiming the state didn't have the right to require children to wear masks inside the

Infrastructure bill includes energy efficiency grants for houses of worship

Washington Post  Buried on Page 1,729 of the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill approved by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday (Aug. 10) in a bipartisan vote is a project titled “Energy efficiency materials pilot program.” It would fund $50 million in grants to nonprofits, including religious congregations, so they can buy new energy efficient heating and cooling systems for their buildings.

What to know about the infrastructure bill’s controversial ‘gender identity’ provision

Deseret News Some religious conservatives believe the bipartisan infrastructure bill would fuel discrimination against people of faith

Supreme Court won't block Maine's Covid restrictions on churches

NBC News  The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from a church in Maine to prevent the state's reimposing Covid-related restrictions.

How Nonprofit Hospitals Can Support Communities and Advance Public Health

Center for American Progress  Hospitals, critical providers of essential care throughout the pandemic, can serve an influential role in bolstering health equity and population health; and health systems around the nation are increasingly recognizing this responsibility. Nonprofit hospitals have a unique obligation to advance community health. Their tax-free status—saving nonprofit hospitals an average of $11.3 million annually, per hospital—hinges on a need to provide benefit to the community.

After negotiating to revise new Missouri law, Christian boarding school sues to block it

Missouri Independent Heartland Christian Academy has defied government intervention through the courts before. A Christian boarding school from northeast Missouri with a history of defying government intervention filed a federal lawsuit last week seeking to block oversight requirements in a new state law — even after negotiating with legislators to revise the law’s provisions.