Government & Regulation

‘American Red Cross Sunshine Act’ Would Open Charity to Outside Scrutiny
September 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

Federal legislation is being unveiled today that would force the American Red Cross to do something that it has repeatedly resisted: open its books and operations to outside scrutiny. The proposed American Red Cross Sunshine Act comes in response to a government report, also being released today, that finds oversight of the charity lacking and…

University May Use Fundraised Money to Save Staff
September 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

Faced with the loss of most of its fundraising staff, University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) is poised to keep these employees by dipping into the money they raise. UNCG officials talked last week with trustees about the possibility of levying a fee on its endowment, a university-wide savings account that provides millions of dollars each…

Florida Private Investigator Charged With Attempting to Hack Muslim Charity
September 16, 2015 at 9:06 am

Timothy Sedlak, a private investigator in Florida, was charged Monday with trying to gain unauthorized access to a charity's computer system allegedly while doing research on whether some nonprofits are “unintentionally” providing financial support to Islamic jihadists. The charity wasn't identified in a complaint filed against the 42-year-old Sedlak in federal court in the Southern…

Planned Parenthood Not Invited to Congressional Hearing on Organization
September 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

Conservative lawmakers who demanded Planned Parenthood executives answer for “alleged atrocities” are holding the first in a series of congressional hearings on Wednesday on the video controversy that has rallied anti-abortion Republicans and could become the flashpoint in a battle over government shutdown. Noticeably absent from the hearing, however, is Planned Parenthood itself. The House…

8 Legal Decisions and
 Government Affairs Affecting 
the Nonprofit Sector Right Now
September 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

On June 25, 2015, the Associated Press reported that Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, had been accused of pressuring the Good Will-Hinckley school, a nonprofit charter school for at-risk youth, into removing Mark Eves from his position as president. According to the report, LePage threatened to withhold from the school $500,000 in yearly funds if it kept Eves on board, which, in turn, could have led the school to miss out on 
another $2 million in private funds, a potentially devastating blow to the small nonprofit. Eves, as it happens, is Maine’s Democratic House Speaker...

Planned Parenthood Faces Unexpected Challenge from Obamacare
September 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

Angered by videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discussed compensation for providing fetal tissue from abortions, Republicans in Congress are again demanding an end to government funding for the nearly 100-year-old provider of women’s health services. Away from the headlines, however, the group is facing other major challenges, including one from a far different source:…

Agents Raid Goodwill Amid Growing Investigation Into AbilityOne
September 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

Federal agents from Washington raided Memphis Goodwill this week as part of a growing national fraud investigation into AbilityOne, the top taxpayer-funded program that provides work to disabled workers, according to inside sources. More than two dozen agents from numerous federal agencies drove onto the Memphis Goodwill headquarters on Wednesday, sealing the back of the…

Good Intention or Public Nuisance? Cities Brace for Resurgence of Clothing Donation Bins
August 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

When they first started popping up around town, the colorful metal collection bins for donated shoes and clothing didn't cause much of a stir in Stanton. And then they multiplied. "Within a year, they were all over the city, specifically on Beach Boulevard," said City Manager James Box, whose Orange County municipality is among many…

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Louisiana Funding Cut
August 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

Planned Parenthood on Tuesday asked a federal court to block enforcement of an order by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal that would bar patients from receiving medical care through the organization using Medicaid. Officials with the group, along with three patients who are co-plaintiffs in the case, allege that Jindal’s order is illegal and will cut…

$20-Million Donation to College Hinges on Name Change
August 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

A $20-million donation to the financially troubled Paul Smith’s College in rural upstate New York is in limbo, dependent on whether the college agrees to rename itself, a controversial issue that has landed the matter in court. Joan Weill, a longtime board member and benefactor to Paul Smith’s College and the wife of Wall Street…