New IRS Notice Exempts Value of Leave Donated to Charity

IRS notice 2001-69 exempts the value of donated leave time from taxation, as long as the donation occurs before January 1, 2003.

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Charities Buried Under CACAA?

On October 2, 2001, Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) introduced H.R. 2985, the American Spirit Fraud Prevention Act. On the same day, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced S.1484, the Crimes Against Charitable Americans Act.

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"Compassion Capital Fund" May Fund Think Tank

The Senate version of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations contains money for the Bush Administration's "Compassion Capital Fund," which could grant money to faith-based organizations for service provision.

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Support Incentives for Charitable Giving in the Economic Stimulus Package

Nonprofits should weigh in on the economic stimulus bill being considered in Congress. It can have a huge impact on the work we do.

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Text of Colloquy Language for Shays-Meehan Bill

Scope of Exception (iv) Definition of Electioneering
Communication

Q: Exceptions to the definition of “ electioneering
communications” are set out in Section 201(8)(B), and include
news distributed by broadcast stations that are not owned or
controlled by a candidate, independent expenditures, candidate
debates and forums and “any other communication exempted
under such regulations as the Commission may
promulgate…to ensure appropriate implementation of this
paragraph.” What is the purpose of the fourth exception?

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IRS Publishes Guidelines for Election Year Activities

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published an updated staff training manual on election year activities by exempt organizations, including 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organizations and political committees exempt under Section 527.

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House Bills Would Allow Religious Congregations To Use Funds For Partisan Politics

Just before news of September 11th's tragic events reached Capitol Hill Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) held a news conference to promote HR 2357, the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act. It would allow religious congregations to support or oppose candidates for office without losing their tax exemption or ability to receive deductible contributions, as long as election related efforts do not amount to a substantial portion of their overall activities. The bill would not extend this expansion of advocacy rights to non-religious 501(c)(3) organizations. It has 56 co-sponsors.

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White House Releases Report on Faith-Based and Community Organizations

On August 16, the White House released a report on barriers faith-based and community organizations face in participating in federal social service programs. The report was required by President Bush's January 29 Executive Order creating five federal Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

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Competing Campaign Finance Bills Headed To House Floor

The House Administration Committee reported out two campaign finance reform bills on June 28, voting 5-3 along party lines. HR 2356, a new version of a bill sponsored by Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), was reported unfavorably. It closely follows the provisions of McCain-Feingold, which passed the Senate in March.

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Electronic Publishing

Online Words and Images

Think also about what you can do online with words and images than you could even 10 years ago. In some ways online publishing is largely something in which the Web excels at. We can create, store, search for, access, download, and navigate content in a variety of formats (text, HTML, multimedia, database content, executable programs).

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