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Charity Survey-Impact of Economy on Giving, Fundraising, Operations

Guidestar released an excellent survey analyzing the effects of the eoncomy on charitable giving (donations to nonprofits), on grantmaking by foundations and public charities and other operational issues.  See Survey at: http://tinyurl.com/neudv6

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Fundraising by Monthly ETF

Chronicle of Philanthropy broadcast a most interesting panel discussion today about fund raising campaigns, programs and related issues focusing on encouraging regular giving–in any amount large or small–by monthly ETF withdrawals from donors’ accounts. The panel addresses many great questions, with many very interesting and informative answers, that you may find thought provoking, and worth your board’s consideration.

A transcript of the panel discussion may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/ldoz6f

Please call or email me if you have any questions!

Paul S. Nash, Attorney at Law
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Importance of Good (Nonprofit) Bylaws and Policies

Bylaws, Policies and Issues For Nonprofits

http://tinyurl.com/mtnept

 

Conforming Private Charity with Public Agency Ideology

Should private charities be coerced, by the government agencies granting tax exemption determinations and thereafter monitoring compliance the new Form 990 and similar state filings, to comply with or mirror IRS-public ideologies? What are your thoughts about the IRS after reading the follwoing monograph?
http://tinyurl.com/mebp4e

Seems the IRS would

Nonprofits Need to File FBAR by June 30th

IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Report Certain Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts by June 30

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded U.S. persons (this includes nonprofit organizations) who have bank and other financial accounts in a foreign country that they may be required to report those accounts to the U.S. Department of Treasury by the June 30 deadline.

With globalization, more people in the U.S. have foreign financial accounts. There is nothing improper about setting up or maintaining such accounts. Still, IRS officials are concerned that U.S. persons may overlook that their accounts are large enough to trigger reporting obligations.

“There are responsibilities that go along with owning such foreign bank and financial accounts,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “Foreign account owners must remember that they may have to report their accounts to the government, even if the accounts do not generate any taxable income.”

Since 2000, the number of Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) forms received by the Treasury has increased by nearly 85 percent, from 174,528 in 2000 to 322,414 in 2007. Despite this significant increase in filings, concern remains about the degree of reporting compliance for those who are required to file.

U.S. persons are required to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), Form TD F 90-22.1, each year if they have a financial interest in or signature authority or other authority over any financial accounts, including bank, securities or other types of financial accounts, in a foreign country, if the aggregate value of these financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.

The 2008 FBAR form is due June 30, 2009.

The FBAR is not an income tax return and should not be mailed with any income tax returns. The FBAR must be filed on or before June 30 of the following year to: U.S. Department of the Treasury, P.O. Box 32621, Detroit, MI 48232-0621.

Unlike with federal income tax returns, requests for an extension of time to file an FBAR are not granted.

Civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance with the FBAR filing requirements are severe. Civil penalties for a non-willful violation can range up to $10,000 per violation. Civil penalties for a willful violation can range up to the greater of $100,000 or 50 percent of the amount in the account at the time of the violation. Criminal penalties for violating the FBAR requirements while also violating certain other laws can range up to a $500,000 fine or 10 years imprisonment or both. Civil and criminal penalties may be imposed together.

If you learn you were required to file FBARs for earlier years, you should file the delinquent FBAR reports and attach a statement explaining why the reports are filed late. No penalty will be asserted if IRS determines that the late filings were due to reasonable cause. Keep copies, for your record, of what you send.

FBAR information returns for the 2007 calendar year must be filed with the U.S. Department of Treasury, P.O. Box 32621, Detroit, Mich., 48232-0621. The address for commercial delivery is: U.S. Department of Treasury, Currency Transaction Reporting, 985 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Mich., 48226.

The FBAR form is not available for electronic filing, but many income tax software packages can prepare a printed copy. FBAR forms and instructions are also available on this Web site or the FinCen Web site, and by calling 1-800-829-3676.

Taxpayers who need assistance completing Form TD F 90-22.1 can contact the IRS by telephone at 1-800-800-2877, option 2, or via email at FBARquestions@irs.gov.

If you have any questions about this article, please call me to discuss! Also, if are making foreign grants, whether using foreign bank accounts or not, you should make certain that your foreign grant making policies (equivalency determination and expenditure responsibility policies and agreements) are properly in place.

Nonprofit organizations should consult with their legal or tax counsel if they have any questions about this reporting requirement.  If an organization is making foreign grants, through a foreign bank account it controls or not, it should make certain that foreign grant making policies, procedures and agreements are in place, to meet IRS equivalency determination and expenditure responsibility requirements imposed by the IRS Regulations.

IRS Official: We’ll Oversee Nonprofit Governance

IRS Role in Nonprofit Governance Matters http://tinyurl.com/nz5qhd

Nonprofit Boards take note! The new Form 990 requires that substantial information and detail be given about board action, governance, and how nonprofit boards address certain issues of conflict, compensation, self-dealing, and so on. Much of this may, for the good, require nonprofits to conduct themselves more in conformity with state law, best practices, and as donors and the public expect.

On the other hand, a closer look by the IRS into these matters also portends a greater degree of control by a government that may not favor the mission or “politics” of the charity.

This is a discussion that nonprofit lawyers and charities alike should have.

Alert re California Cuts to Social Services to Seniors

Action Alert!  From the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association

Update on California Budget Cuts and the Impact Alzheimer’s Programs

We have never seen government program cuts such as those proposed. The FUTURE costs to California and to our families is inestimable. We understand that many programs and services are cuts, but some of those proposed will COST the State far more than they will save – and will cost our families their very existence. Current cuts proposed are only the beginning – in days and weeks to come, we believe more of our services are at risk.

If we do not act NOW, we will lose decades of ground at a cost to California we can barely imagine. Please review this email – and forward to those you can. This is OUR government and we can and should make our voices heard on issues we know change lives.

Please take five minutes and make a phone call to let your legislator know that you oppose cuts to services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.  Let them know the programs below that are important to you, your clients (and may well be to your parents, if not now, then sooner than we’d like to admit or wish).

Earlier this week local Senator Mimi Walter did not support preservation of these programs, and personally proposed to cut all funding to Adult Day Health Care.

Senator Walters has been a supporter of our work and sits on the powerful committee that works on the budget, but this proposal would devastate people who need Day Care to help them stay in their homes rather than go to nursing homes.

We MUST make sure she understands the value of these services for our fragile families. We MUST be sure other legislators understand that these services are vital to those we serve and save, rather than cost State funds.

The following officials are the key decision makers on these issues. Once you have made these calls, please e-mail patty.mouton@alz.org so we can track this activity.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger                              916-445-2841
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass                                       916-319-2047
Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg  916-651-4006
Assembly Minority Leader Sam Blakeslee               916-319-2033
Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth      916-651-4036
Senator Mimi Walters                                                       916-651-4033
Senator Walters’ local office number                         949- 457-7333

Join the Alzheimer’s Association e-Advocacy network.

Send an email to patty.mouton@alz.org and include your full name and US Mail address. As a part of the network, you will have the opportunity to participate in Advocacy Actions that are timed to have the greatest impact on legislators. Several Alzheimer’s Association ACTION Alerts will be coming as this situation develops.

Thank you!
As an advocate, your voice makes a difference for our lawmakers.

Questions?
Email: patty.mouton@alz.org

Current Situation

The State Budget Conference Committee has been meeting for the last few weeks to discuss cuts to almost every state funded program. Families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia are among those that will be hit hardest by the proposed changes. The Budget Conference Committee has recommended the following cuts:

Caregiver Resource Centers 30% funding cut of $3 million. This is the OC Caregiver Resource Center – the only resource of its kind in OC.

Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Centers 30% cut of $1.2 million; This cut will become effective October 1, 2009 – This is the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center !

Alzheimer’s Research Centers 50% funding cut to $3.1 million, Budget language also limits spending to clinical and family services. Funding could no longer be used for data collection. This is the UCI Institute!

Linkages 30% cut of $2.5 million This is an amazing caregiver support services offered through Council on Aging

Adult Day Health Care programs Capped program Limited to participation at 3 days per week beginning August 1, 2009. The recommendations seemed to imply that those patients with higher acuity needs be accommodated. Another bill will be required, but if passed, may allow some individuals to participate 4 or 5 days per week with the requirement that State increase its’ licensing visits to ensure there is no fraud or abuse occurring in these situations. The Committee has included additional funds for the Dept of Health Services to increase its’ oversight and onsite visits to these programs. These programs keep people at home – allow caregivers to have jobs and lives and keep families whole.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Cut the number of participants by 10% By changing the functional index scores, approximately 43,000 people will no longer be eligible to receive IHSS. Without in home support, many families will need to seek facilities for their loved one.

What Happens Now

Please remember that these numbers are not final. The Budget Conference Committee could decide to revisit any of these issues prior to sending their compromise budget back to the Assembly and Senate for a vote, which must pass by a 2/3 vote. The Assembly Speaker, Karen Bass thinks it should go to the Assembly floor by early next week. They will deliberate until sufficient votes are secured. Then it goes to the Senate.

Once the Legislature has passed the budget, it will go to the Governor for his signature. At that point, the Governor has the authority to go into the budget and eliminate or reduce any of the funding levels as he sees fit. This means that a program the Legislature decided to continue to fund could still be eliminated. For this reason, we will continue to actively advocate for our programs until the budget has been signed by the Governor.

The budget is supposed to be finalized by June 30th but all signs are that the Legislature will once again miss that deadline. In years past, California has been able to continue paying its bills by borrowing money until a final budget is passed. This year, the Governor is saying that he will not provide the authority for the state to seek those loans.

If that happens, beginning sometime in July providers of all of the above services will not receive any further funds until the budget is finalized. Obviously, this is a serious problem that, for some providers, may result in closure of their program(s).

Impact on our Families

At this point, it is impossible to know how our families will be impacted except to say that many are certain to lose access to services. If no budget is passed by June 30th and the state cannot borrow money, that point will be reached sooner rather than later. We are monitoring this closely, but know that some programs will be forced to close.

No final decisions have yet been reached. You CAN make a difference.

Message copied from an email to members from:

Jim McAleer,  President/CEO