Labor and Employment Law – New Year's Resolutions for 2017

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over,  it’s time to start making resolutions for the New Year. As a small business or nonprofit organization, January is the perfect time to look forward and ensure you have the best employment foundation and plan for the coming year. For example, do you have an employee handbook? When was the last time it was updated? Did all of your employees receive the most Read More

Charities in the Courtroom: Part 1

Although, occasionally, a high-profile charity scandal hits the headlines, most people are unaware that nonprofits go to court (or are summoned there by others) on a fairly regular basis. This unawareness may arise from blissful ignorance of all the laws that apply to charitable organizations - some unique to the philanthropic mission and others that apply across the board. It may arise from something vague Read More

Nonprofits and Cybersecurity: Make it a Priority

Not long ago, Harvard University was hacked. So was Penn State University. But they are huge institutions - you may be thinking - likely to interest cyber thieves. That may have been the mindset of the directors of the Utah Food Bank until - in a single data breach - hackers stole personal and financial data of over 10,000 donors: names,  addresses, email addresses, and credit card numbers. Hacking is big news Read More

Insurance for Nonprofits: A Primer

Insurance is an essential component of a nonprofit organization’s comprehensive risk management plan; that is, the strategic review of the potential exposure “to unexpected losses, and then develop[ment][of] strategies either to prevent losses from happening, or to reduce damage and expense when they do.” It protects the “the people and assets that help the nonprofit fulfill its mission.”    Basic Recommended Read More

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IRS Announces Guidance Priorities for Exempt Organizations

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service issues a “Priority Guidance Plan” to announce the "tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance.”   The purpose of this document is to focus “resources on guidance items that are most important to taxpayers and tax administration. Published guidance plays an important role in Read More

Charity Embezzlement: Thwart It With Good Controls

In “Charities and Embezzlement,” we discussed what to do as soon as embezzlement or fraud is discovered; namely, report it to the authorities and charity regulators. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As part of a comprehensive risk management plan, an organization should have certain internal controls in place to prevent employee theft. “Nonprofits are not defenseless against charitable Read More

November 4th is International #LoveYourLawyer Day

Negative lawyer jokes have been around since (at least!) the time of Shakespeare. Remember this old chestnut? ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers...'' - Dick the Butcher, Shakespeare's ''Henry VI'' It’s part of our culture, and sometimes it is unfortunately justified. The attorneys at For Purpose Law Group, however, strive to serve by providing guidance to the purpose-driven organizations and Read More

Another Public University Foundation Under Fire

Sometimes called “slush funds” and “shadow corporations,” the foundations that support the nation’s public universities have been grabbing headlines recently: ones they would rather avoid. We highlighted some developments in “Foundations of Public Universities: Too Secretive?” “Public officials are raising questions about the spending practice of the nonprofit fundraising arms of public universities,” because “they Read More

Public Charities and Ballot Initiatives

This election season includes important candidate races at all levels of government. But, also on the ballot in California, are numerous ballot propositions.  It’s easy to assume that the political ban in section 501(c)(3) on campaign activities would apply to all of the items on which voters have a choice when they enter the voting booth. Ballot initiatives, however, are not treated the same as candidate races. Read More