Tax, Legal & Compliance

Former Nonprofit Exec Sentenced for Stealing Money Meant for Homeless
July 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

A man was sentenced to prison Monday for stealing thousands of dollars in funds from a Philadelphia nonprofit that helps the homeless. Nathaniel Robinson, 62, pleaded guilty in March to stealing from a program that receives federal funds. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Robinson used his corporate credit card from 2006 to 2010 to…

Boy Scouts Executive Committee Endorses Ending Ban on Gay Leaders
July 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would drop the group’s blanket ban on openly gay leaders, a key step that puts the organization on the verge of its second historic shift in three years. While the proposed change stops short of requiring all Scout units to allow gay…

Nonprofit Executives Charged in $8.5 Million Fraud Case
July 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

For decades, the Chicana Service Action Center received millions of dollars in taxpayer money to help some of the county's most disadvantaged residents: the homeless, the unemployed, victims of domestic violence, foster youth looking for work. The nonprofit organization also played a pivotal role in launching the political career of former County Supervisor Gloria Molina,…

Cybersecurity Experts to Deliver Keynote at NonProfit PRO Emerging Tech & Growth Conference
July 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Earlier this year, a pair of nonprofits were hacked by Islamic State sympathizers. Ultimately, both nonprofits would recover with little lasting damage, but it was a chilling reminder that no one, not even small, low-profile organizations, is invulnerable to cyber attack. The scariest part? It can be so much worse. You've got to be prepared...

Fundraising Firm Sued Over Sudden Shutdown
July 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

A now-defunct fundraising company faces a lawsuit after closing its Oshkosh call center abruptly last week, forcing more than 100 out of work. Minnesota-based Strategic Fundraising, which shuttered Monday, June 29, claimed in filings to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that it didn't need to give 60 days notice of the layoff as required…

Nonprofit Program Director Faces Deportation on Decades-Old Robbery Charge
July 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Daniel Maher, a program director for the Ecology Center, a Berkeley, California-based nonprofit, is being held by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) and could be deported, reports the Daily Californian. Maher was born in China and lived there for three years before moving to the U.S. He served seven years in prison for involvement in a robbery when he was 20 years old—more than two decades ago...

Feds Take Action Against Crowdfunding Fraud
July 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Federal Trade Commission has landed hard on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. It may be just what the doctor ordered to protect people donating to odd and sundry products and companies pitched on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others. In the world of crowdfunding, the mechanisms of consumer protection are pretty thin. While crowdfunding platforms assert a…

Ruling Could Put Nonprofit Hospitals on Hook for Millions in Property Taxes
June 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Nonprofit hospitals across New Jersey could be liable for millions of dollars in annual property taxes, under a ruling by a tax-court judge that highlighted the difficulty in separating the charitable and for-profit activities of hospitals and other organizations. The judge found that Morristown Medical Center had so intermingled its nonprofit and for-profit services and…

Register Your Copyrights
June 29, 2015 at 8:33 am

There appears to be a popular misconception that the only thing that needs to be done to have a copyright is to place the designation © or a notation that “All Rights Are Reserved” on materials for which copyright protection is sought. While that may be true—at least in part—one cannot sue under the federal Copyright Act for infringement unless the copyright is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Nonprofit Fraud: It’s a People Problem, So Combat It With Governance
June 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Skimming cash, purchasing schemes and financial statement fraud—three very different types of fraud that nonprofits must prevent, detect and insure against. Still, behind each of them—and every variety of deliberate, deceptive acts against nonprofits—there’s a fundamental and shared dynamic at play. Fraud isn’t just an operational or financial risk. It’s inherently a human risk, meaning it often…