Friday, May 8, 2009

The Chronicle of Philanthroy reports on British Charity's Efforts to Recoup Monies Lost in Iceland Bank Collapse

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports on May 7 that:

A British cancer charity will deliver to the prime minister’s office today a petition signed by almost 100,000 people demanding a refund of about $9.8-million it lost in Iceland’s banking collapse, Third Sector Online reports.

Nine members of Parliament are due to join staffers from Christie’s, which supports the Christie cancer hospital, in Manchester, at 10 Downing Street. A House of Commons committee recommended last month that the charity be compensated for its losses.

For the full story, please click here.

AMT 

May 8, 2009 in In the News, International | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Raids on Virgina Muslim Charities in 2002

The Washington Post reported on May 7 that, "An appeals court yesterday [(May 6)] upheld the legality of federal raids on a Herndon-based network of Muslim charities, businesses and think tanks, a case that caused a firestorm in the Muslim community.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the March 2002 raids on homes and business in Herndon and elsewhere in Northern Virginia were "a harrowing experience" for the targets but did not violate their constitutional rights. The court said agents exercised "lawful force" in drawing their guns and handcuffing a family whose home was searched."

For the full story, please click here.

AMT 

May 8, 2009 in Federal – Judicial, In the News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

What's the Meaning of President Obama's Election for Civil Rights' Oriented Charities?

On May 7, Corey Dade reported in the Wall Street Journal that Civil Rights' Museums and similar type charities are having to answer some tough questions in the post-election of the first African American President.  This article raises a common refrain being echoed across America, meaning "Now, that we have the first African American president, haven't we entered a post-racial America."  The election of the first African American president is a significant step but racism is still alive and well in America for the average African American, Latino American and other groups of minorities.  This is a time for increased vigilance, not less.  Please see excerpt of the article below -- What do you think?

Does the America of 2009, led by an African-American president, need any more museums or monuments to the struggle for civil rights?

The question hangs over the proposed Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta where organizers in Martin Luther King Jr.'s hometown are trying to raise a total of $125 million for the planned facility. Last month, they unveiled renderings of the museum's design and said the facility, scheduled to open in 2011, already has commitments for about $20 million in private support and $40 million in publicly backed funding.

But the people behind the museum admit that making the case for another temple to civil rights in the U.S. has been challenging. "Funders will always say 'Why does it matter today?' " says Doug Shipman, executive director of the planned Atlanta center. "You have to prove to them that Martin Luther King matters today."

There are roughly 240 museums in the U.S. devoted to civil rights and black history, and many have struggled financially, including an institution in Detroit and fund raising for a museum planned in Greensboro, N.C. Public and corporate funding for all museums is under intense pressure in the current economy, and attendance at most institutions wanes within a few years of opening.

More broadly, the debate on civil rights has changed. Significant progress, punctuated by the election of Barack Obama, has sparked debate about the relevance of traditional tributes to the roles of blacks in U.S. history and as victims of past racism.

During Black History Month in February, several African-American columnists at large newspapers cited the historic presidential election as reason for ending the annual observance. The president himself plays down the significance of his race, as he had as a candidate.

Museum curators and others say projects increasingly encounter resistance from potential donors who don't leap at supporting historical attractions that dwell on an ugly period in the nation's past, or who believe the civil-rights movement is less important in the era of an expanding black middle-class and other African-American achievements.

"It's saying to whites, by implication, 'Look at what a racist country this is,' " said black conservative pundit Shelby Steele, who grew up in the segregated South. "You're reminding them of this shameful past. You will get some who want to contribute, but it slows down because people want to be done with this."

Atlanta center board member Tom A. Bernstein, a New York developer who also sits on the executive council of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., said similar questions were raised before that Holocaust museum opened in 1993. Partly as an answer to concerns that the it might be overly focused on the murder of millions of European Jews during World War II, the museum also positioned itself as an activist against all genocide. Mr. Bernstein says Darfur has given the museum renewed relevance. "The same thing will happen in Atlanta."

How to treat the nation's history of racial discrimination has been debated for decades. Early proposals in the 1970s to establish a national holiday in honor of Dr. King were widely viewed as radical before final approval in 1983. A monument to Dr. King on the National Mall in Washington won congressional approval a decade ago but didn't get a construction permit until last fall. Fund raising slogged along for eight years, and work can't begin until boosters collect the full $120 million budgeted for the build-out, which won't be completed this year, as scheduled. They currently are about $16 million shy.

For the full story, please click here.

AMT


May 8, 2009 in In the News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Form 990, 990-PF and 990-EZ Deadline Approaching on May 15, 2009

IRS reminds Calendar year exempt organizations that file Forms 990, 990-PF, or 990-EZ are reminded that their annual information returns are due on May 15.  An organization may request an initial automatic extension of time to file its annual information return by filing Form 8868 by the due date of the return.  For more information, see Form 8868 and its instructions.

Forms 990, 990-EZ and 990-PF for non-calendar year organizations are due on the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of their annual accounting period.

For more information, please click here.

AMT

May 8, 2009 in Federal – Legislative, In the News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

IRS Seeks Public Comment on Priority List for 2009-2010

Pursuant to Notice 2009-43, The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service invite public comment on recommendations for items that should be included on the 2009-2010 Guidance Priority List.

See Below     

Notice 2009-43

The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service invite public comment on recommendations for items that should be included on the 2009-2010 Guidance Priority List.

The Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy and the Service use the Guidance Priority List each year to identify and prioritize the tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance. The 2009-2010 Guidance Priority List will establish the guidance that the Treasury Department and the Service intend to issue from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. The Treasury Department and the Service recognize the importance of public input to formulate a Guidance Priority List that focuses resources on guidance items that are most important to taxpayers and tax administration.

Published guidance plays an important role in increasing voluntary compliance by helping to clarify ambiguous areas of the tax law. As is the case whenever significant legislation is enacted, the Treasury Department and the Service have continued to dedicate substantial resources during the current plan year to published guidance projects necessary to implement the provisions of the multitude of tax Acts that have been enacted over the past several years including, but not limited to, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Pub. L. No. 108-357, 118 Stat. 1418, which was enacted on October 22, 2004; the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-280, 120 Stat. 780, which was enacted on August 17, 2006; the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-185, 122 Stat. 613, which was enacted on February 13, 2008, the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-289, 122 Stat. 2654, which was enacted on July 30, 2008; the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, and Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-343, 122 Stat. 3765, which were enacted on October 3, 2008; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115, which was enacted on February 17, 2009. The Treasury Department and the Service will continue to evaluate the priority of each guidance project in light of the above-mentioned tax legislation and other developments occurring during the 2009-2010 plan year.

In reviewing recommendations and selecting projects for inclusion on the 2009-2010 Guidance Priority List, the Treasury Department and the Service will consider the following:

1. Whether the recommended guidance resolves significant issues relevant to many taxpayers;

2. Whether the recommended guidance promotes sound tax administration;

3. Whether the recommended guidance can be drafted in a manner that will enable taxpayers to easily understand and apply the guidance;

4. Whether the Service can administer the recommended guidance on a uniform basis;

and

5. Whether the recommended guidance reduces controversy and lessens the burden on taxpayers or the Service.

For the full notice, please click here.

AMT

May 8, 2009 in Federal – Legislative, In the News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

IRS Reminds Small Nonprofits to File E-Postcard by May 15th Deadline

In a notice issued yesterday, May 7, the IRS reminds small calendar year tax-exempt organizations to file their electronic Form 990-N, known as the "e-Postcard," by the May 15 deadline.  

To get more information about the annual electronic filing requirement for organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less, go to IRS.gov

Non-calendar year "e-Postcard" filers must file the annual electronic notice by the15th day of the 5th month following the end of their annual accounting period. 

AMT

May 8, 2009 in Federal – Legislative, In the News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Call for Papers Extended for Asia and Pacific Conference on Nonprofits

 CHANGES, CHALLENGES, AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE THIRD SECTOR

6TH ISTR Asia/Pacific Regional Confence

2-4 November 2009                        

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS

HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO

MAY 15, 2009

OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WEBSITE:

http://333.nccu.edu/tw/en/?cat=51

 

Call for Papers:

http://www.istr.org/news/pdf/Call_for_Papers_20090107.pdf       

Hosted by: Center for the Third Sector, National Chen

University (NCCU), Taiwan

Address:  No. 64, Sec. 2, ZhiNan Road, WenShan District,

Taipei City, TAIWAN

Phone:  886-2-2938-771

     

 

Call for Papers

CHANGES, CHALLENGES, AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES

FOR THE THIRD SECTOR

Excerpt -

THE 6th ISTR  ASIA AND PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE THIRD SECTOR, NOVEMBER 2-4,

TAIPEI, TAIWAN

               The world is under great transformation. Globalization has become a trend that     

is very difficult to resist. The result of it could be some countries or a few special

locations receive great benefits, and living standards in those areas are greatly lifted.

On the other hand, globalization has also brought many seriously social problems for

the world, especially in those underdeveloped and developing countries. For

example, the problems include poverty, inequalities, social exclusiveness, community

dissolution, unsustainable environment, ethnic conflict, cultural tensions, among

others. Accompanying with recent economic crisis around the world, it shows that

globalization does not keep its promise to bring a better life for the entire world.

            Arguments for free market in the era of globalization do also escort with a new

neoliberal governance structure, and it probably can be named as privatization. The

market mechanism and value of efficiency have become the major driving forces for

the society. In order to increase capital accumulation and economic efficiency of the

entire country many governments transform their roles and have partially abandoned

their former obligations. Many powerless people located in some special places are

left behind. On the same time, the political process is restrained to a limited elites;

large numbers of people are turned off from participation. Problem of political

legitimacy therefore has become a serious one in many countries.

            This new world stage contains an imbalance and contradictory structure, and it

has generated special concerns among diverse civil society actors on the kinds of

social change that are occurring. Although civil society researchers and actors have

shown significant advance in attaining more just and inclusive societies, there remain

enormous challenges that demand multi-disciplinary approaches and new strategic

alliances among the Third Sector and with the market and state sectors. The

transforming world not only brings serious changes and challenges, but it probably

also carries new opportunities for us. It invites scholars and practitioners to imagine

a progressive and alternative future and to exchange their experiences and findings.

            The main theme of the 6th ISTR Asia and Pacific Regional Conference on the

third sector therefore addresses the issue of changes, challenges, and opportunities for

the third sector, specifically in the globalization era. Under this theme, we can tackle

the following topics.

           

Changes:

Environmental Crises and the Third Sector

Economic Recession and the Third Sector

Globalization, Privatization, Neo-liberal Policies, and the Third Sector

Poverty and the Third Sector

Gender and the Third Sector

Terrorism and the Third Sector

Immigration, Foreign Workers and the Third Sector

Indigenous People and the Third Sector

Challenges:

Transparency and Accountability of the Third Sector

Fund-Raising of the Third Sector

Professionalism of the Third Sector

Innovation and the Third Sector

Management and Governance of the Third Sector

Philanthropy and the Third Sector

New Opportunities:

Social Entrepreneurship and the Third Sector

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Third Sector

Advocacy and the Third Sector

Empowerment and the Third Sector

Social Capital and the Third Sector

Civil Society, Community and the Third Sector

The above list is just for illustration; it is not meant as a limitation to creativity. We

strongly encourage participants to mobilize your imagination beyond them. It is our

hope that this conference will inspire stimulating debate and discussion, and create

exciting collaborations.

 

AMT

May 8, 2009 in Paper Presentations and Seminars | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)