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Nonprofit News November 2009

Nonprofit News November 2009

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Published by Mike DeWine
The November 2009 edition of Nonprofit News. Highlights include new available online resources for charities, as well as regulations on the relationship between charities and political campaigns.
The November 2009 edition of Nonprofit News. Highlights include new available online resources for charities, as well as regulations on the relationship between charities and political campaigns.

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Published by: Mike DeWine on Nov 18, 2009
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One of the requirements for charitiesto maintain their 501(c)(3) status is toavoid endorsing political candidatesand making political contributions.These types of activities are ofteninvestigated by the IRS and can resultin the loss of the tax exempt status.Often these types of contributions aremade by mistake -- perhaps by purchasing a ticket to a dinner that isa fundraiser for a politician. Other times, the contributions are intendedto express appreciation by thenonprofit for the politician's supportof a particular cause. In either event,it is an illegal expenditure that canland the charity in hot water. New York Attorney General AndrewCuomo's office is in the midst of an
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Another highlight of the Ohio Associationof Nonprofit Organizations Conferencewas the unveiling of several new onlineresources for charitable organizations.The office unveiled a substantive newonline resource -- the Attorney General's Nonprofit Handbook. View it atwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ NonprofitHandbook .This publication has multiple chapters onissues relevant to both charitableorganizations and consumers whoroutinely deal with the charitable sector. Itincludes information on board member responsibilities, state oversight, charitablefundraising and professional solicitation aswell as how to avoid theft within charities,how to donate wisely and how to filecomplaints with the Attorney General’s
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Economic conditions are challenging for nonprofits, but there is reason to believethat many organizations will emerge fromthese trying times with stronger organizations. That was the generalsentiment voiced by many participants atthe mid-October Ohio Association of  Nonprofit Organizations conference,which was sponsored by the OhioAttorney General's Office.Hundreds of people active in Ohio'scharitable sector gathered in Columbus todiscuss ideas and approaches aimed atenhancing fundraising and strengthening board governance. Among the variousworkshops at the event, AGO staff  presentations focused on charitablesolicitation, board governance andcharitable gaming. OANO also reportedon its ongoing economic survey, which
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Many charitable organizations arestatutorily required to run criminal background checks on volunteers andstaff members. Others have policies and procedures in place that require suchchecks.Attorney General Richard Cordray'sBureau of Criminal Identification andInvestigation has joined with the OhioBureau of Motor Vehicles to provide background checks at local deputyregistrar locations across Ohio. BCI is providing the training and equipment in part through a grant from the U.S.Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.While not initially available in all 88counties, more locations are being added.A listing of all of the locations can befound atwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Webcheck .It is surprising how many professionsactually need a background check. Theseinclude professionals who have access tochildren, such as day care workers andteachers. But, there are other professions – funeral directors, construction workers,investment managers and many more – that require checks.
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