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Overwhelmed by state charity registration compliance? HANO is partnering with SimpleCharityRegistration.com and the National Council of Nonprofits to provide a simple, fast and affordable online solution to the state charity registration process.
Save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars annually while ensuring that you are compliant in the states where you solicit donations. No more piles of folders, juggling deadlines and extensions and handwriting forms agan and again with the same information.
Non-members: Your first state is free and you pay only $50 per state thereafter. To take advantage of this new service, non-members click HERE.
HANO members: Your first state is free and you pay only $35 per state thereafter, up to a maximum of $630 for all states. This represents a 30 percent member discount. To take advantage of your discounted HANO member benefit, click HERE.
SimpleCharityRegistration.com makes this process simple:
- Questions -- SCR asks the right questions, and only once.
- Forms -- SCR fills out the forms for you.
- Filing -- SCR provides simple instructions for filing in each state.
- Reminders -- SCR keeps the process easy and organized, with helpful deadline reminders.
To find out more about state registration compliance and the Simple Charity Registration tool, consider attending a free webinar at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 11. Click HERE to register.
By Nikki Love Kingman
HANO Public Policy Director
HANO believes that public policy advocacy work is an important way to pursue your mission and engage in the democratic process. During the 2015 legislative session, nonprofit leaders have been active in the community, at the State Capitol and in the media providing expertise on important policy issues.
We were glad to see advocates from HANO member organizations profiled in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's "Name in the News," including Jacce Mikulanec formerly of Good Beginnings Alliance, Scott Morishige of PHOCUSED, and Jessica Yamauchi of Hawaii Public Health Institute.
Mahalo to all of the nonprofit advocates for speaking out for your mission and helping to shed light on critical issues in our state.
For everyone advocating for or against bills in the 2015 State Legislature, the session has adjourned but it's not quite the end yet. Bills passed by the Legislature now go to the Governor's desk. The Governor can sign the bill, veto it, or let it become law without his signature. June 29 is the deadline for the Governor to notify the Legislature of bills that might be vetoed, and July 14 is the deadline to veto or sign the bills. Learn more in the Public Access Room's recent newsletter.
Finally, don't forget that there are so many opportunities to engage in public policy throughout the year. Continue reaching out to public officials at all levels. Learn about and advocate on county-level issues at the Honolulu City Council, Kauai County Council, Maui County Council, or Hawaii County Council. Empower your board members and volunteers to stand for your mission.
Plan ahead for getting started in voter engagement in the 2016 elections. In these and many other ways, nonprofits can make a difference in our communities and in the halls of government.
Note about lobbying: 501(c)(3) organizations CAN lobby up to certain limits. Consult an expert to ensure compliance with IRS regulations as well as state and county disclosure requirements for lobbying.
From the Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Doug Chin joined the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and other states in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. In all, 36 states alleged that the defendants filed false and misleading financial statements with state regulators.
According to the complaint, the defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefited only their paid fundraisers, perpetrators, their families and friends.
The defendants allegedly used telemarketing calls, direct mail, websites, and materials distributed by the Combined Federal Campaign, which raises money from federal employees for nonprofit organizations, to portray themselves as legitimate charities with substantial programs that provided direct support to cancer patients in the United States, such as providing patients with pain medication, transportation to chemotherapy and hospice care.
In fact, the complaint alleges that the defendants used the organizations for lucrative employment for family members and friends and spent donations on cars, trips, luxury cruises, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, sporting event and concert tickets, and dating site memberships. The defendants also hired professional fundraisers who often received 85 percent or more of every donation.
The complaint also alleges the defendants falsely inflated their revenues, reporting more than $223 million in “gifts in kind” which they claimed to distribute to international recipients. In fact, the defendants were merely pass-through agents.
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Let HANO Assist You: We can bring workshops like board governance, budgeting, fund development and advocacy to your nonprofit. We also facilitate conversations and planning sessions and provide other services. For details, click HERE.