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U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Hobby Lobby Opinion

June 30th, 2014

In a much anticipated ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an opinion today on the Hobby Lobby case with Justice Alito writing the opinion.  The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was at the center of the dispute; specifically, the requirement that for-profit employers offer insurance benefits for birth control and other reproductive health […]

A New Plan for Birth Control Coverage

March 27th, 2013

The Obama administration, trying to defuse one of the most contentious issues in its healthcare law, proposed a new way to shield religiously affiliated organizations, such as hospitals and universities, from having to provide contraceptive coverage directly to their employees. Instead, the employees would obtain coverage through a separate, private insurance policy at no cost. […]

Florida Nonprofit Under Fire for Top Executive Pay

January 15th, 2013

Today’s Chronicle of Philanthropy is reporting that Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice is calling on a largely taxpayer-funded nonprofit agency that serves young offenders to rein in pay for its top executive, who earned more than $1.2-million in 2010. Department head, Wansley Walters, detailed the state’s complaints in a letter last month to William Schossler, president of […]

Atheists Attack Church for Feeding High School Football Players

September 18th, 2012

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which aims to “protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church,” recently sent a letter to the superintendent of Walker County Schools requesting that the school board look into the activities of the Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis.  “Taking public school football teams to church, […]

Boustany Announces Hearing on Public Charity Organizational Issues, Unrelated Business Income Tax, and the Revised Form 990

July 24th, 2012

A second hearing on tax-exempt organizations will occur on July 25, 2012.  Per the Ways and Means Committee website: “The hearing will focus on organizational and compliance issues related to public charities, including the increased complexity of public charity organizational structures, the rules governing profit-generating activities giving rise to unrelated business income tax, and whether […]

Ray Charles Foundation Seeks $3M Gift Back

February 28th, 2012

Ray Charles gave the Albany State University a total of $3 million in 2001 for the construction of a performing arts center.  Albany State claims the gift was never restricted, however, the Foundation claims that Charles was “specific on how the money was to be spent.”  The building is expected to cost at least $23 […]

Budget Cuts Creating Public-Private Partnerships

August 18th, 2011

The LA Times reported yesterday that the City of Los Angeles will be handing over the management of an animal shelter to a local nonprofit.  Proponents of the city’s actions argue that the hand over saved the city $3.3 million.  Opponents of the city’s actions argue for more transparency as to who will be the […]

Property Exchange Between Private Foundation and Former Trustee

August 4th, 2011

In a private letter ruling recently released by the Service, the Service ruled that a private foundation that exchanged property with one of its former trustees did not engage in self-dealing.  The Service concluded that the former trustee of the private foundation was no longer a disqualified person because she had resigned from the foundation […]

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