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Staying True to Your Mission: The Duty of Obedience

What is your nonprofit’s mission – and does your organization follow it?  Many nonprofit leaders have a strong sense of mission, while others may stray due to lack of understanding, pressing demands from others, or the pull of funding opportunities.  Each director and officer owes a fiduciary duty of obedience to the nonprofit’s mission as part of his or her governing leadership. This is the third and final fiduciary responsibility, concluding our series on the legal responsibilities of a nonprofit organization’s directors and officers: the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience.

NONPROFIT LAW NEWSFEED

Attorneys General Step In to Police Bad Nonprofit Actors

Nonprofit Quarterly  Two lawsuits were filed this week by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas against two nonprofits, Ayudando Guardians and Desert State Life Management, which exist

Michigan Property Tax Exemption for Charitable Institutions is Again Construed Broadly by the State Supreme Court

The National Law Review  Property owned and occupied by charitable institutions solely for their charitable purposes is exempt from Michigan property tax.

Lesson From Tax Court: The Downside of Easy Tax Exemption Approval

TaxProf Blog  These would seem to be fat times for organizations that want tax-exempt status.

Dems want to keep limits on churches, nonprofits in politics

The Hill  A group of nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling for tax-reform legislation to preserve limits on political activity by nonprofits.

The Department of Justice Takes a Stand Against Transgender Rights in the Workplace

The Atlantic  The Department of Justice has issued a new memo on transgender workplace rights, arguing that a major civil-rights law does not cover discrimination on the basis of gender iden

Virginia Beach nonprofit aimed at teaching water activities to the disabled is now in jeopardy

WAVY.com  A nonprofit organization that helps disabled individuals enjoy the thrills of water sports is now facing its own challenges.

Friends of the Crestview Library group disbands; cites lack of interest

Crestview News Bulletin  A nonprofit with over 15 years of service to the Crestview community is bringing its prolific work to an end.

IRS Approves Special Leave-Based Donation Programs to Support Charities for Hurricane Irma Recovery

AccountingWEB  The IRS is making it possible for employees to redirect payroll amounts they are owed to charities supporting recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.

Faith groups provide the bulk of disaster recovery, in coordination with FEMA

USA Today  If you donate bottles of water, diapers, clothing or any other materials to hurricane victims in Texas or Florida, your donation will likely pass through the hands of the Seventh

IRS offers tax relief to leave-based donation programs for Hurricane Harvey victims

Accounting Today  The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday it is giving special relief to support leave-based donation programs as a way of assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Attorneys General Step In to Police Bad Nonprofit Actors

Nonprofit Quarterly  Two lawsuits were filed this week by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas against two nonprofits, Ayudando Guardians and Desert State Life Management, which exist

Michigan Property Tax Exemption for Charitable Institutions is Again Construed Broadly by the State Supreme Court

The National Law Review  Property owned and occupied by charitable institutions solely for their charitable purposes is exempt from Michigan property tax.