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CalNonprofits Seeking Input on California Raffle Laws by June 30

Posted in AG, IRS, FTB, & Property Tax Proceedings, IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies, Nonprofit Governance & Ethics, Public Charities, Revenue Generating Activities

CalNonprofits recently announced that new raffle regulations are being proposed and discussed this year in California.  CalNonprofits is asking nonprofits to weigh in on this discussion through a short survey, as explained in their announcement (reprinted in part below): In California, only nonprofits can conduct raffles. And raffle laws are under discussion for changes. To help… Continue Reading

New Year, New Ventures: Keeping Up With Charitable Sales Promotions

Posted in IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies, Public Charities, Revenue Generating Activities

Readers may remember our blog post from 2012, Are You in a Commercial Co-Venture?, in which we described common scenarios that trigger state requirements for charities and companies engaged in commercial co-ventures (also known as charitable sales promotions, or cause marketing).  Over the years, we have seen the popularity of such ventures continue to rise,… Continue Reading

Two New California Laws Benefiting Nonprofits

Posted in Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies, Nonprofit Governance & Ethics

Over 800 new California laws went into effect this January.  Two of them — SB 1341 and AB 2641 — directly affect nonprofit organizations, and are intended primarily to aid organizations in maintaining compliance with state regulations. SB 1341 provides an opportunity for nonprofit organizations that have neglected to file required reports with the Attorney General… Continue Reading

Embezzlement from a Charity: What to Do?

Posted in IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies, Nonprofit Governance & Ethics, Private Foundations, Public Charities

Theft from a charity is, fortunately, rare.  But it happens, perhaps more in tougher economic times.  From the charity’s perspective, the question is what to do when the theft is discovered.  As fiduciaries of the charity, its Board must take these situations very seriously, and carefully consider how best to protect the charity’s interests.  Every… Continue Reading

Are You in a Commercial Co-Venture?

Posted in IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies, Public Charities, Revenue Generating Activities

You are a charity. You are interested in raising money.  You have lots of ideas: you could hire a fundraiser; you could hire fundraising counsel; you could partner with a company that agrees to donate a portion of its profits; you could set up a donation box at the local grocery store….  Each of these… Continue Reading