New Massachusetts Rules Target Financial Abuses
The news comes as the Senate Finance Committee, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), is preparing to foist a new set of federal laws and regulations -- the mother of all legislation governing charities. As experts attest, at a minimum, the majority of nonprofit organizations -- and there are 1.2 million charities, churches and social welfare groups in our country (about 85,000 new ones each year) -- will have to add accounting or legal staff just to handle compliance.
So what does Reilly's proposed legislation signify for nonprofits nationally? Will other states follow suit? How can the smaller, local charities shoulder the burden of these added expenses?
This storm has been looming for some time, and many have warned that if charitable organizations don't start governing themselves, legislators will step in and make it far more arduous and costly to comply. And for those in Massachusetts, it might be too late.
Senior Editor, FundRaising Success
Editor, FS ADVISOR
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