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Program Manager, Others Defrauded Catholic Charities...

Clarissa Lynn Combs, a former program manager for Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota, was sentenced to 71 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $684,000 in restitution for her role in a long-time fraud scheme. Combs had been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making a false […]

NRA In Crosshairs Of Two AGs...

Recent board turmoil and financial struggles at the National Rifle Association (NRA) appear to have come to a boil in a lawsuit claiming financial improprieties so vast that the New York Attorney General’s Office is seeking dissolution of the 149-year-old organization. In a complaint filed with the New York Supreme Court in early August, New […]

AGs File Suit Against NRA...

Charity regulators in New York and Washington, D.C., filed separate lawsuits against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its charitable foundation, seeking to dissolve the pro-gun organization amid allegations of misusing charitable funds. In a 169-page complaint filed with the New York Supreme Court today, New York Attorney General Letitia James also aims to bar […]

California Lawyers Seek Criminal Justice Changes...

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), a statewide association of criminal defense attorneys in private practice and working in public defender offices, unveiled a package of legislative proposals to address ongoing racial bias in law enforcement and the judicial system.  CACJ seeks to increase oversight of law enforcement practices and to establish stronger accountability when […]

AARP Offers Cautions About P2P Payment Apps...

Nonprofits might soon find older Americans more cautious about using peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Square or Venmo for contributions or payments. The AARP has issued guidance about these systems, which transfer money for everything from charitable contributions to making purchases to sending money to family and friends. According […]

Nonprofit Senior Managers Take The Most Via Fraud...

Nonprofits have fewer internal fraud prevention resources than their for-profit counterparts, according to a new study. Between January 2018 and September 2019, employees at 191 nonprofits dipped into the till for a median hit of $75,000. And, it’s not just a low-level person pilfering. In more than one-third of cases it was done by senior […]

Triggering Coverage...

Policies might have vague clauses that can be helpful The novel coronavirus pandemic now spreading across the globe is forcing organizations worldwide to cancel events and conferences, ranging from the NCAA pulling the plug on its March Madness basketball tournament to charities and houses of worship curtailing fundraising dinners and benefits. With important revenue sources […]

Legal Strategies For Nonprofit Meetings During COVID-19...

Due to the complete unforeseen and devastating effects of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits are facing incredibly tough decisions right now regarding upcoming and long-scheduled conferences and meetings in the United States and around the world. Even for those organizations with meetings slated for the next month or two, while most do not believe […]

5 Risk Tips To Reduce Board Liability...

Being on a board connotes status. Board members help solve community issues. Board members help senior managers at organizations take risks. It’s that last thing that can get them sued. Follow the tips below to manage the risk of board liability and reduce the exposure of board members to legal claims and judgments, according to […]

California would be first state law to reach DAFs...

The explosive growth of donor advised funds (DAFs) has been widely reported in both popular and trade media. The National Philanthropic Trust reports, using 2018 data, $37 billion in gifts to sponsoring organizations and $23 billion in grants from sponsors to public 501(c)(3) charities, amounting to 13 percent of all individual giving. Mid-level and major […]