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Nonprofit News December 2009

Nonprofit News December 2009

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Published by Mike DeWine
December 2009 edition of Nonprofit News. Highlights include end of the year charitable giving and bingo license renewal.
December 2009 edition of Nonprofit News. Highlights include end of the year charitable giving and bingo license renewal.

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 Nonprofit organizations with bingolicenses must renew by Dec. 31.Find application instructions andmaterials atwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Bingo.The Ohio Attorney General’s Officeoffers free trainings, also known as“Bingo School” for 501(c)(3) groupsand veteran, fraternal and sportingorganizations that host bingo games.To register, call (800) 282-0515; tosee January’s Bingo School trainingschedule, visitwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/BingoSchool There have been several thefts recently atveterans and fraternal clubs around Ohio.These crimes can happen anywhere:Recently, thieves have targeted clubs inErie, Lorain and Harrison counties; inCincinnati, an American Legion post was burglarized on Veterans Day.These incidents serve as a reminder of theimportance of reviewing your organization’s safety procedures. Veteransand fraternal organizations, like manycharitable organizations, may have cashon-hand from bingo, liquor sales and other fundraising efforts. It is important takesteps to protect the safety of the proceedsand volunteers or clients. Here are some
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Because many nonprofits hope potentialdonors will consider the tax implicationsof making a donation prior to Dec. 31, theend of the year is a common time toreceive charitable solicitations.There are countless great causes tosupport, but potential donors need to dotheir homework – scammers also see thisas a good time to take advantage of Ohioans’ generosity.Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’soffice recently uncovered one: scammerssoliciting donations in the name of theBuckeye Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. The scam artists are believed to
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Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordrayaddressed the Ohio Grantmakers Forumduring its annual meeting on Nov. 13 inColumbus.Although these are tough times for Ohio’scharities, Cordray said, foundations areimportant in promoting good governanceand strategic thinking. “The quality of lifehere would be vastly poorer without thenonprofit community,” he said.Cordray’s office offers several resourcesonline to support nonprofits. Theseinclude: Nonprofit Newswww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ NonprofitNews  Nonprofit handbook www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ NonprofitHandbook  Find a background check locationwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Webcheck   Non-profit Board Member Resourceswww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/BoardMemberResources Frequently asked questions aboutcharitable lawwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/CharitableLawFAQ File a complaint about a product or servicewww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Complaint To sign up for updates from the office,visitwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/SignUp 
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