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Charity Compliance, Public Perception and Risk Management; New California Defamation Case

Saw this today in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Philanthropy Today (an informative email newsletter that I like to read), just summaries of the headlines, indicating to me that charities need to be in tune with public perception, governance, compliance and risk management:

-Does the charitable deduction matter—economic research shows that tax incentives do play an important role in giving decisions (that makes sense to me);

-Giving watchdog disputes bank’s charity claims in merger bid;

-Gifts to former (Name of City)’s first lady’s charity questioned by city watchdog (discussing charitable donations from developers who were required to make charitable gifts);

-Policy making at the fore as funds seek to improve schools (discussing foundation possible role in shaping education policy); and

-Nonprofit trustees urged to get involved in public policy (urging board members to speak about how budget cuts could hurt their organizations).

Different topic, also reported today, California Court of Appeal, Yuin University v. Korean Broadcasting System, holding that in the circumstances of the case, a news broadcast characterizing a university as a “degree factory” was not defamation as it was an expression of opinion.  But be careful in this area as it can be difficult to determine whether a statement is an opinion or not.

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