Volunteer Handbooks: Benefits and Best Practices

Many nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers to serve vital operational needs.  From overseeing major fundraising events to filling daily administrative or other critical operational needs, volunteers often serve as the hands-and-feet of an organization. They significantly expand the organization’s capacity and mission-impact, beyond their paid-staff.  Yet, given their vital role, the expectations, guidelines, and management of volunteers are often overlooked. 

Public Charities and the Attorney General: Lessons from Maxwell Manor

How does the Illinois Attorney General regulate charities?  The Illinois First District case People v. Maxwell Manor provides a rare glimpse at how the Attorney General utilizes the Illinois Charitable Trust Act (the “Act”) to enforce the public’s interest in nonprofit corporations.  While the IRS is often seen as the main regulator of charities, each state’s Attorney General also plays a predominant role .

The Clergy Housing Allowance On Trial – New Developments

Will the clergy housing allowance stand?  Members of the clergy continue to receive mixed signals.  Two federal district courts in Kentucky and Wisconsin have considered the question – with very different outcomes.  The Wisconsin case is now on appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  The venerable housing allowance stands in the balance.  Hundreds of thousands of clergypersons could be impacted by outcome of the appeal. We therefore provide this update and some insight on how the divergent outcomes might impact the Seventh Circuit’s decision.