Government & Regulation

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…

Oklahoma Senator Admits $1.8 Million Theft From Nonprofit
August 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

A two-term state senator admitted in federal court Thursday that he stole $1.8 million from the nonprofit agency where he worked and filed a false tax return. Sen. Rick Brinkley, 54, admitted wrongdoing on all six charges—five counts of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return. He negotiated a plea…

In Private Letter, Red Cross Tried to End Government Inquiry
August 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

The American Red Cross, which has often boasted of its transparency, attempted to halt a congressional inquiry into its disaster relief work last year, according to a private letter Gail McGovern, CEO of the American Red Cross, wrote to Rep. Bennie Thompson. In the letter, McGovern asked Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and the ranking…

Debate Heats Up Over Charitable Fundraising During Work Hours
August 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Should charitable fundraising be allowed at work? The popular "Fill the Boot" fundraiser has sparked this debate in Texarkana, Texas. The city manager has placed restrictions on firefighters participating in the event that raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He says it creates a safety hazard on roadways, and it should be done off-duty…

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...