Posts Tagged advocacy

NEWS: Shusterman Recognized Alongside Volunteer Attorneys

Zak Shusterman, along with colleagues committed to providing pro bono legal services to their communities, was recognized this morning at an event honoring attorneys who have volunteered with the Pro Bono Partnership.  The Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the

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ALERT: FORM 990 ONLINE FILING SECURITY BREACH

Any tax exempt organizations (e.g., 501(c)(3) nonprofits) that file their annual form 990, 990-N, or 990-EZ online should pay special attention to this security alert issued by the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS).  According to the alert: “an unauthorized party or parties have gained access to the Form 990

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NEWS: USPTO find “Redskins” disparaging, cancels trademark registration

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO today issued a split decision finding that the football team name “Redskins” is disparaging of Native Americans. Among the many reasons that a trademark may be blocked from being registered in the first place, or cancelled if it has

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EVENT : Charities and their volunteers

The IRS is holding a free phone forum (aka teleconference) entitled “Charities and their Volunteers”.  Most charities rely substantially on volunteer labor; some are operated by volunteers exclusively. This session will cover that various tax rules that are involved in when volunteers are used and how to

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CLIENT NEWS : Award for the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown

A hearty congratulations to client Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown. The Pantry will be honored with a prestigious award tomorrow morning at a ceremony hosted by Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill. The Food Bank for Westchester will be presenting the Michal Winter Memorial Award for Agency Excellence to the

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CLIENT NEWS : Corbin Hill Farm featured in new documentary

Client Corbin Hill Farm has once again made news, this time for the role New School alumni have played in its development and growth. A new documentary has been produced by a team at the New School, where founder Dennis Derryck is faculty in Milano School of International

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INSIGHT : New York State Grants for Businesses

Most businesses owners are aware that billions of dollars in grant money flows into local businesses from federal, state and regional sources. These grants support a variety of goals – increasing local employment, encouraging businesses not to relocate, stimulating valued industries, environmental improvements, promoting local tourism. A

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INSIGHT : Non-Profits Approaching Foundations

While I’m frequently involved in the nuts-to-bolts tasks of organizing non-profits, my exposure to their fundraising activities is often indirect – compliance concerns, attending events, celebrating the award of a grant, or strategic planning when a grant is denied. For a long time, I’ve wanted to gain

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EVENT : Backyard Chicken-keeping Laws

The Grange of Putnam Valley was hosting an event on backyard chicken-keeping on March 23 and asked me to speak about the state of the law across Putnam County. I surveyed the relevant local codes of every municipality in the county and spoke to a range of

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INSIGHT: Tax Exempt Organizations & Filing Requirements

Many organization find that achieving tax exempt status is the most significant obstacle to overcome in getting established. Beyond the effect on tax filing requirements, the classification makes organizations eligible for a range of funding unavailable to non-exempt organizations, including being eligible for tax-deductible donations. While exemption

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CLIENT NEWS : Corbin Hill at TEDx counterevent; TEDx viewing

Client Corbin Hill Road Farm‘s head Dennis Derryck was one of the speakers invited to “Not Just Talk: Food in the South Bronx“, a conference focusing on food justice issues affecting communities like those in South Bronx. As has been widely discussed, Not Just Talk was organized when

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NEWS: Zak Shusterman quoted for backyard chicken advocacy

Zak Shusterman was quoted in a feature article in the Lewisboro Ledger headlined, Katonah residents raise uproar over backyard chickens by Reece Alvarez. His efforts in support of backyard chicken raising were previously mentioned here. Reece describes Zak’s presentation as “shining a wider light on the issue”. The article

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CLIENT NEWS : MyPetChicken.com at CT NOFA Conference

Client My Pet Chicken will be represented at the upcoming Winter Conference of the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) on March 2, 2013. This year’s conference will focus on the challenges of adjusting to climate change for farmers, gardeners and consumers. My Pet Chicken’s Chief Eggsecutive Officer Traci Torres

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