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New political activity rules for tax-exempt organizations proposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have some in the sector calling the move an attack on First Amendment free speech rights.
Imagine there is a law that mandates you cannot drive fast, but the speed limit is not posted: You have been given no definition of what it means to go fast. This is the situation charities face when it comes to political activity. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has failed to define what constitutes political activity, relying on the “facts and circumstances” of each case to decide whether an organization is participating in political activities.
Some 41 percent of all U.S. donations go to religious congregations. That number jumps to 73 percent when religiously-linked nonprofits such as Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and Jewish federations are included. Those are some results from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University study called “Connected to Give: Faith Communities.”
A donor intent lawsuit could be heading to Maryland’s highest court after the state Court of Special Appeals on Thursday reaffirmed a November 2012 Circuit Court ruling in favor of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Give Miami Day generated $3.2 million for more than 400 area nonprofits in just 24 hours. The event, held from midnight to 11:59 p.m. this past Wednesday, drew 12,307 unique donations.
Even casual viewers of this year’s World Series – won by the Boston Red Sox – could probably tell you this much about the winning team: They have pretty robust beards. Now, for prices that so far have reached $5,400, fans can own trimmings from two of the players’ beards and at the same time help a national men’s health charity.
Paul Schmitz, who launched Public Allies Milwaukee 21 years ago and eventually became the group’s national leader, will step down next year. He said that he would focus on what’s next come the spring.
New York City nonprofits have taken on a prominent role in Mayor-Elect Bill de-Blasio’s transition team. At least half of the 60-member transition team announced this week (Nov. 20) includes leaders from New York City’s foundations, religious and cultural organizations, as well as colleges and hospitals.
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