Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Reflections on Legal Barriers to Cross-Border Philanthropy in Europe

European Philanthropy ManifestoFollowing up on my earlier post, I was fortunate enough to be able to discuss last week the various legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe with some of the leading practitioners, academics, and organization leaders from that continent in connection with the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) biennial conference. My detailed reflections are available on the Alliance website, so I will just say here that it is a time of both threat and promise for European philanthropy. The threat is that some countries are enacting new laws targeting cross-border philanthropy, which add to existing barriers relating to legal form and taxation. The promise is that supporters of philanthropy have two new initiatives to rally around: the European Philanthropy Manifesto issued by the Donors and Foundations Networks  in Europe (DAFNE) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) earlier this year; and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s recent opinion "European Philanthropy: an untapped potential" (the EESC is a consultative body of the European Union). Hopefully these developments, and opportunities such as the event I attended that provide an opportunity to discuss new developments, will help ensure a strong enabling environment for philanthropy in Europe for many years to come.

Lloyd Mayer

July 9, 2019 in Conferences, International | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Legal Barriers to Cross-Border Philanthropy in Europe Event

ERNOPI am off to Basel, Switzerland next week for an event focusing on Legal Barriers to Cross-Border Philanthropy in Europe.  (I know, the hard life of an academic.) I helped organize the event along with Oonagh Breen (University College Dublin) and Hanna Surmatz (European Foundation Centre (EFC)). The event will be held the afternoon before the biennial European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) conference at the University of Basel. It is particularly timely because of two significant European philanthropy developments earlier this year: the release by the European Economic and Social Committee of an opinion titled European Philanthropy: An Untapped Potential; and the publication by EFC and the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) of a European Philanthropy Manifesto. These two developments reportedly have created new momentum among policymakers to address the barriers to philanthropy in Europe, including philanthropy across borders.

Here is the current program for the event:

13:00-14:15: Session One: European Regulatory Measures
Oonagh B. Breen, UCD Sutherland School of Law (moderator)
Dominque Jakob, Universität Zürich
Wino Van Veen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

14:30-15:45: Session Two: Taxation
Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, University of Notre Dame (moderator)
Anne-Laure Paquot, Transnational Giving Europe
Giedre Lideikyte-Huber, Université de Genève
Hanna Surmatz, European Foundation Centre

16:00-17:15: Session Three: Emerging Issues
Hanna Surmatz, European Foundation Centre (moderator)
Francesca Fanucci, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Isabel Peñalosa-Esteban, Spanish Association of Foundations

Lloyd Mayer

June 24, 2019 in Conferences, International | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

AALS SECTION ON NONPROFIT AND PHILANTHROPY LAW

SESSION 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

JANUARY 2-5

WASHINGTON DC

 

Nonprofits & Philanthropy

The AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law announces a call for papers to be presented as works-in-progress in our committee session at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington DC from January 2-5, 2020. The panel will be held on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 from 10:30-12:00.

The Section seeks submissions on a variety of topics and methodological approaches related to Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law. We are especially interested in receiving submissions from new and junior academics or scholars who have not previously written in the field.

Eligibility: Scholars teaching at AALS member or nonmember fee-paid schools

Due Date: Friday, August 24, 2019

Form and Content of Submission: Submissions may range from early drafts to articles that have been submitted for publication, but not articles that will have already been published by January 6, 2020.

Submission Method: please submit papers electronically in Microsoft Word format to leslie@yu.edu "AALS Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Submission" in the email subject line.

Submission Review: Papers will be selected for inclusion in the program after review by members of the AALS Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law.

Additional Information: Unfortunately, the section is not able to provide any funding to presenters, who will be responsible for their own expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Leslie at Leslie@yu.edu.

TLH

June 4, 2019 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 5, 2019

ARNOVA Conference Proposal Deadline: April 9

It's not too late for ARNOVA members to submit a proposal for the annual November conference, taking place in San Diego this year. (Member deadline is April 9). LogoThe conference theme this year is Nonprofits and Philanthropy in a Polarized World: Speaking Truth to Power and Using Power to Speak Truth. It's always an interesting, interdisciplinary conversation. Hope to see you in San Diego. https://www.arnova.org/page/upcomingconferences

 

April 5, 2019 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Charities Regulation on the International Front: Emerging Issues in Globalization

The Nonprofit Management Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies is presenting its next Master Class in the program's Professional Development Series on November 15, 2018:  "Charities Regulation on the International Front: Emerging Issues in Globalization."

A description of the program:

Regulation and enforcement in the charitable sector are increasingly global in scope. Whether addressing cross-border charitable solicitation, oversight issues within religiously based organizations, terrorism concerns, money laundering, or the burgeoning technological platforms that enable new and expanded reach for these activities internationally, charities regulators are on the front lines of some of the most cutting-edge international legal issues. Join us for a deep-dive discussion with our panel of experts discussing the new globalized context of charities regulation.

Panelists:

James G. Sheehan, Chief, Charities Bureau, New York State Attorney General's Office

Ruth M. Madrigal Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Former Attorney-Advisor, Office of Tax Policy Department of the Treasury

Marcus S. Owens Partner, Loeb & Loeb, Former Director, Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications Charity Commission for England and Wales

Tony Manconi, Director General, Charities Directorate Canada Revenue Agency

Moderator: Cindy M. Lott, Esq., Academic Director, Nonprofit Management Programs and Senior Lecturer'

 

NMirkay

October 23, 2018 in Conferences, Current Affairs, International | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

State Charity Registration Single Portal Goes Live Just Before Annual NAAG/NASCO Conference

Cropped-Black-and-TanThe long-planned Single Portal for state charity registration just went live for the first two pilot states, Connecticut and Georgia. A second cohort of at least five states is expected to join them by January 2019, according to the website's FAQs. The site is operated by the Multistate Registration and Filing Portal, Inc., which is described as a section 501(c)(3) organization that is also an instrumentality of government formed by state charity officials. I assume not coincidentally, the site went live just before this year's National Association of Attorneys General/National Associate of State Charity Officials conference in Baltimore, scheduled for October 1st thru 3rd. The agenda for Monday, which is open to the public, is available here.

Lloyd Mayer

September 29, 2018 in Conferences, In the News, State – Executive | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

ARNOVA-Asia Conference: Deadline Feb 28

image from www.socsc.hku.hkThe Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) has extended to February 28 its call for proposals for its June 2018 ARNOVA-Asia Conference in Hong Kong. From the conference website:

We are calling for papers that advance the theoretical understanding of factors activating and shaping the changing dynamic between government and the third sector, and the implications of the change for public governance and the sector’s development. We encourage diverse theoretical approaches and methodologies including both qualitative and quantitative research; and also studies with a focus at the individual, organizational or sectoral levels. As we strive to bridge the academic and professional communities in the study and practice of nonprofits and philanthropy, we also welcome proposals for professional exchange sessions by practitioners which address the opportunities and challenges they face amid the changing government-third sector relations. For these practitioner-oriented sessions, innovative modes of presentation and discussion are encouraged; they may be short presentations on case studies to provoke thoughts and discussions, panel discussions of best practices, or provocative talks. Roundtable sessions in which academics and practitioners share their views and experiences of seizing the opportunities and meeting the challenges are also welcomed.

-jwm

 

 

February 25, 2018 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Increased IRS Review of Tax-Exempt Hospitals

As reported in the October 23rd edition of Tax Notes, IRS is now reviewing tax-exempt hospitals to ensure their compliance with the §501(r) regulations issued in 2015.  At the American Health Lawyers Association meeting on October 19th, a tax law specialist in the IRS Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division Reviews conveyed that the IRS is uncovering compliance issues regarding the financial assistance policy (FAP) and community health needs assessment requirements. Agents also are inquiring as to whether patients eligible under the hospital's FAP are not excessively billed.  In addition, the tax law specialist reported non-contact reviews taking place in 2014 to 2016 resulted in several hundred examinations, most from the absence of required documents on the hospital's website.  The specialist also revealed that unrelated business income and excess benefit transactions were also sources for examinations.

(Hat tip:  Fred Stokeld at Tax Notes)

-Nicholas Mirkay

 

November 2, 2017 in Conferences, Federal – Executive | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 18, 2017

NAAG/NASCO Annual Meeting October 2-4, 2017

NAAGThe National Association of Attorneys General and the National Association of State Charity Officials are having their Annual Meeting on October 2-4, 2017 in Washington, DC. Here is the description:

This year’s NASCO Conference will be held in Washington D.C. at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center and will run from October 2 – 4. Monday’s session is open to the public and provides an opportunity for representatives of the nonprofit sector and members of the public to meet and participate in discussions with state regulators. Tuesday and Wednesday are for regulators only, providing significant opportunity for state charity regulators to discuss the latest topics and learn from each other.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Impact of Technology on Charities Regulation.” The agenda for both the public day and the regulator only days will offer a mix of presentations by state regulators and speakers from the non-profit sector addressing this theme and other recent developments affecting state charitable regulation.

The session on Monday will include discussions on crowdfunding and improving communication between charities regulators and the charitable sector. We will conclude Tuesday’s regulator-only session with a networking social hour and dinner, followed by the NASCO business meeting. Finally, the regulator-only portion of the conference will wrap up on Wednesday morning with discussions on developing enforcement actions and multistate priorities for the coming year.

Lloyd Mayer

August 18, 2017 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Joint TE/GE Council Meeting

The date for the Joint TE/GE Council Meeting has been announced.

TEGE Council Meeting

The TE/GE Councils were formed to maintain lines of communication between practitioners and the IRS TE/GE Division (and related areas) to:

  • open and maintain lines of communication between the TE/GE Division (the “Division”) of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the practitioner community within the regional area,
  • provide the Division with the thinking of the practitioner community on procedural and systemic matters, 
  • provide practitioners a forum to share their concerns with the IRS regarding both policies and specific tax issues and procedures, and 
  • educate the practitioner community.  

The Councils work with the IRS TE/GE Division (and related areas) to accomplish these goals. Each of the five regional councils includes two subgroups: exempt organizations and employee plans. Programs are open to the public.

TLH

July 24, 2017 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Interdisciplinary Nonprofit Studies: Recent Articles & Upcoming Conferences

IU PhilanthropyThe study of nonprofits goes well beyond the laws governing them, and there are a number of publications and organizations dedicated to that study. Here is a sampling of both recent articles and upcoming conferences from this broader academic space (the logo shown here is from the Indiana University-Purdue University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, which is hosting the first conference listed):

 

RECENT ARTICLES (click through to see tables of contents for these publications)

The Foundation Review, Volume 9, Issue 1 (2017): Exit Strategies

Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector QuarterlyApril 2017 Issue & June 2017 Issue

Nonprofit Policy Forum, January 2017 Issue

Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary & Nonprofit Organizations, April 2017 Issue & June 2017 Issue

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Biennial ConferenceIndianapolis, July 31-August 2

Science of Philanthropy Initiative, Chicago, September 6-7, 2017

Comparing Third Sector Expansions Workshop, New York, October 4-7, 2017

ARNOVA Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, November 16-18, 2017

International Society for Third-Sector Research Conference, Amsterdam, July 10-13, 2018

 

Lloyd Mayer

June 23, 2017 in Conferences, International, Publications – Articles | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 3, 2017

FTC & NASCO Will be Hosting a Conference to Discuss Consumer Protection and Charitable Giving: March 21

The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of State Charities Officials will be hosting a conference to bring together various stakeholders to discuss charitable solicitation and consumer protection.  It will take place all day on March 21, 2017, at the Constitution Center, 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC 20024. From the event website:

The event will bring together leading stakeholders -- regulators, researchers, practitioners, charity watchdogs, donor advocates, and members of the nonprofit sector. Discussions will focus on consumer protection concerns in the sector, including available data on donor expectations and perceptions, deceptive fundraising practices, the regulatory and enforcement environment, and new charitable giving options...

The conference is free and the first day is open to the public. 

See you there!

@JosephWMead

 

 

March 3, 2017 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 18, 2016

FTC & NASCO Conference on Charitable Solicitations Announced for March 2017

The Federal Trade Commission & National Association of State Charities Officials announced earlier this week "Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions, and Charity", a conference exploring consumer protection issues and charitable solicitations will take place in Washington DC on March 21, 2017. Comments, research, original papers and participation are sought with submission deadline of February 17, 2017. Topics sought include: How Are Donor Solicitations Evolving in the Digital Age? What Do Donors Expect When They Contribute? What Information About Charities Do Donors Find Helpful? Discovering and Reporting Possible Deceptive Charitable Solicitations: When do Donors Act? How are Consumer Purchasing Choices Influenced by Promises of Charitable Support or Social Benefit? What are Best Practices in Terms of Charitable Solicitations, Information and Accuracy?

For more information, see https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2017/03/give-take-consumers-contributions-charity?utm_source=govdelivery. 

Lloyd Mayer

November 18, 2016 in Conferences, Federal – Executive, State – Executive | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

NAAG/NASCO Conference Materials Available

Logo-naagFor readers who were not able to attend last month's National Association of Attorneys General/National Association of State Charitable Officials Conference, the conference materials are available here. Here was the conference's agenda:

Non-Traditional Models of Philanthropy

Presenter:

  • Richard Feiner, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Weill Cornell Medicine

Donor Advised Funds, Endowments and Donor Restrictions

Presenter:

 

  • David Shevlin, Partner, Simpson Thatcher

 

Corporate Governance - Top Ten Issues

Presenter:

  • Michael Peregrine,  Partner, McDermott, Will and Emery LLP

Board Education: Top 10 Ways to Get Investigated and How Board Education Can Help Prevent It

Presenters:

  • Vernetta Walker, Vice President for Programs and Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
  • James Joseph, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Janet Kleinfelter, Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Tennessee

New Tools for the Nonprofit Sector

Presenters:

  • James Sheehan, Chief of Charities Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of New York
  • Amanda Broun, Vice President of Programs and Practice, Independent Sector
  • Meghan Biss, Senior Technical Advisor to the Director, Exempt Organizations, IRS
  • Miguel A. Barbosa, Co-Founder & CEO, citizenaudit.org

CyberSecurity/Data Privacy Issues

Presenters:

  • Paul Luehr, Managing Director and Chief Policy Officer, Stroz Friedberg
  • Abigail Stempsen, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Nebraska
  • Alissa Gardenswartz, Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Colorado

Multistate Litigation: Cancer Fund of America

Presenters:

  • Tracy Thorleifson, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
  • Michael Foerster, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania

NAAG Charities Committee: Meet the Attorneys General

Presenter:

  • Cindy Lott, Program Director, Nonprofit Management Program, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Lloyd Mayer

November 15, 2016 in Conferences, State – Executive | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NAAG/NASCO Annual Meeting October 17-19, 2016 in Washington, DC

NAAGFor those interested in state oversight of nonprofits, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) will be holding their annual meeting focused on such oversight on October 17 thru 19 in Washington, DC. While for two days the conference is only open to state regulators, the first day is open to the public. Here are the topics for the public session agenda:

Welcome and Introductions

Non-Traditional Models of Philanthropy

Donor Advised Funds, Endowments and Donor Restrictions

Corporate Governance

Board Education: Top 10 Ways to Get Investigated and How Board Education Can Help Prevent It

New Tools for the Nonprofit Setor

CyberSecurity/Data Privacy Issues

Multistate Litigation: Cancer Fund of America

NAAG Charities Committee: Meet the AGs

The full public session agenda, including the names of moderators and panel members, is available here.

Lloyd Mayer 

August 9, 2016 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chaffee, "Collaboration Theory: A Theory of the Charitable Tax Exempt Nonprofit Corporation"

Eric C. Chaffee, Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development at the Univerity of Toledo College of Law,  presented his paper entitled "Collaboration Theory: A Theory of the Charitable Tax Exempt Nonprofit Corporation" on June 2 at the most recent Law & Society conference (Program Link here). The current draft of the paper, which is forthcoming 2016 in the U.C. Davis Law Review, is available on SSRN here - the SSRN abstract follows:

Legal scholarship regarding tax exempt nonprofit entities is meager at best. Although some excellent treatises, book chapters, and journal articles have been written, the body of scholarship relating to these entities is not nearly as healthy and robust as the scholarship relating to their for-profit companions. This is especially troubling considering that nonprofit entities help to improve our society in a myriad of different ways.

This Article seeks to fill a void in the existing scholarship by offering an essentialist theory for charitable tax exempt nonprofit corporations that helps to explain the essence of these entities. Beyond the purely academic metaphysical inquiry into what is a corporation, understanding the essential nature of these corporations is important because it helps to determine how they should interact with society, what rights they should have, and how they should be governed by the law. This discussion is especially timely because the recent opinions by the Supreme Court of the United States in Citizens United and Hobby Lobby have reinvigorated the debate over the essence of the corporation.

This Article breaks new ground by offering a new essentialist theory of the corporation, which shall be termed “collaboration theory.” The decades of debate over the essence of for-profit corporations has coalesced into three prevailing theories of the corporation, i.e., the artificial entity theory, the real entity theory, and the aggregate theory. The problem is that none of these prevailing theories fully answers the question of what is a corporation.

Collaboration theory suggests that charitable tax exempt nonprofit corporations are collaborations among the state governments, federal government, and individuals to promote the public good. Unlike the prevailing theories of the corporation, collaboration theory explains both how and why charitable tax exempt nonprofit corporations exist, which provides a fuller and more robust understanding of these corporations. Collaboration theory advances the existing scholarship by finally offering an essentialist theory for nonprofit corporations, and it shows remarkable promise for understanding the essential nature of for-profit corporations as well.

 

E.W.W.

 

 

June 8, 2016 in Conferences, Paper Presentations and Seminars, Publications – Articles | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Call for Papers: 2017 AALS Annual Meeting

We received the following call for papers, which may be of interest to many of you.    EWW

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Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law

LLCS, NEW CHARITABLE FORMS, AND THE RISE OF PHILANTHROCAPITALISM

2017 AALS Annual Meeting

January 3-7, 2017

San Francisco, CA

In December 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, pledged their personal fortune—then valued at $45 billion—to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), a philanthropic effort aimed at “advancing human potential and promoting equality.” But instead of organizing CZI using a traditional charitable structure, the couple organized CZI as a for-profit Delaware LLC. CZI is perhaps the most notable example, but not the only example, of Silicon Valley billionaires exploiting the LLC form to advance philanthropic efforts. But are LLCs and other for-profit business structures compatible with philanthropy? What are the tax, governance, and other policy implications of this new tool of philanthrocapitalism? What happens when LLCs, rather than traditional charitable forms, are used for “philanthropic” purposes?

From the heart of Silicon Valley, the AALS Section on Agency, Partnerships LLCs, and Unincorporated Associations and Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law will host a joint program tackling these timely issues. In addition to featuring invited speakers, we seek speakers (and papers) selected from this call.

Any full-time faculty of an AALS member or fee-paid school who has written an unpublished paper, is working on a paper, or who is interested in writing a paper in this area is invited to submit a 1- or 2-page proposal by June 1, 2016. The Executive Committees of the Sections will review all submissions and select two papers by July 1, 2016. If selected, a very polished draft must be submitted by November 30, 2016. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the Chairs of the Sections at the email addresses below:

 

Mohsen Manesh

Associate Professor

University of Oregon School of Law

mohsen@uoregon.edu

 

Garry W. Jenkins

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law

Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

jenkins.434@osu.edu

April 26, 2016 in Conferences, Publications – Articles | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Celebrities' Foundations Need More Attention

As published in the Daily Tax Report, at the ABA Tax Section meeting last week, Andrew Morton, a partner at Handler Thayer LLP, opined that a good number of "high-profile charitable foundations" need substantially more oversight and legal assistance than they are currently receiving.  He clarified that the neglect of these organizations is not malicious or deliberate:  "Not because they are deliberately trying to manipulate the system, not because they're trying to do anything wrong, they just don't know. They don't get that a nonprofit is a corporation … it's a real thing. You have to take care of it.”  He explained that most of the problems that arise with such celebrity-affiliated foundations are due to a lack of written policies, such as conflict-of-interest and whistle-blower situations, and the lack of reporting those policies on the foundations' annual Forms 990.  In addition, these foundations are typically not aware of charitable registration requirements, which are governed by the states:  “501(c)(3) is an adjective—not a noun. You don't have a 501(c)(3). You have a state nonprofit corporation, which has been conferred tax-exempt status from the federal government,” he explained. “There are 51 jurisdictions that require compliance for nonprofits. The federal government has their requirements, but every state has a different landscape.”

 

Nicholas Mirkay

February 3, 2016 in Conferences, Federal – Executive, State – Executive | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chelsea Clinton Defends Foundation Before Global Initiative Meeting

The Washington Post is reporting that just as business, political, and philanthropic leaders gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, for the first Clinton Global Initiative meeting on Africa and the Middle East, Chelsea Clinton, the former President's daughter, said there is a "political dimension" to the controversy over multimillion-dollar gifts from foreign governments and corporations to her family's foundation.    

Ms. Clinton, the Clinton Foundation's vice chair, said the scrutiny has intensified with the launch of her mother Hillary Clinton's White House run.  She dismissed the idea, raised by some Republicans and campaign watchdog groups, that foundation donors seek to curry favor with her powerful parents. 

VEJ

May 6, 2015 in Conferences, Current Affairs, In the News, International | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Foreign Funding of Charities Under Assault, Including in the US

DownloadLast month I had the opportunity to attend the NYU National Center on Philanthropy and the Law's Annual Conference.  The conference was titled Regulation or Repression: Government Policing of Cross-Border Charity and provided an eye-opening overview of restritions imposed by many countries on foreign funding of charities and other NGOs.  What made the conference particularly timely was the fact that only a month earlier a prominent member of Congress had publicly attacked foreign donations to think tanks - in the United States.  This concern led to a bipartisan legislative proposal to require disclosure of foreign funding from scholars who testify on Capital Hill.  The timing was particularly ironic, as at almost the same time the Economist ran two articles raising concerns about autocratic and illiberal governments placing limits on such funding: Donors: Keep Out and Uncivil Society.  That said, whatever concerns charities and other nonprofits may have in the United States (including members of Congress criticizing them for accepting foreign donations), they pale in comparison to the concerns that the legal restrictions on both funding and activities raise for NGOs in many other parts of the world.  

Lloyd Mayer

November 29, 2014 in Conferences, In the News, International, Paper Presentations and Seminars | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)