NY Nonprofit Revitalization Act 2014

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Published on February 18, 2014

Author: OConnorDavies



Learn about key changes to nonprofit operating in the state of New York including a mandatory conflict of interest policy, whistleblower policy and require audit committee functions - O'Connor Davies CPAs - NY CPA Firm.

January 2014 Private Foundation Newsletter First California, Now New York Changes in State Nonprofit Requirements Contact: New York, NY 212.286.2600 212.867.8000 Harrison, NY 914.381.8900 Stamford, CT 203.323.2400 Paramus, NJ 201.712.9800 Cranford, NJ 908.272.6200 New Windsor, NY 845.220.2400 Wethersfield, CT 860.257.1870 Nearly 10 years after California signed into law California’s Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. The rest of the country might see this as an indicator of changes to come for their respective states. As with many laws (e.g. employment law), once California and New York move toward a major change, others follow. The New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act will have an important impact in modernizing the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, which has not had major revisions in four decades. The Act goes into effect on July 1, 2014. Mandatory Conflict of Interest Policy – All nonprofits will need to adopt and follow a conflict of interest policy that meets the criteria of the Act. Whistleblower Policy – All nonprofits with 20 or more employees and annual revenues in excess of $1,000,000 must adopt a whistleblower policy that meets the criteria of the Act. Audit Committee Functions – Nonprofits with annual revenues in excess of $500,000 must have an audit committee which annually approves the retention of an independent auditor and reviews with the auditor the results of the audit. In the absence of a separate audit committee, the entire board may perform these activities. If an organization’s revenues exceed $1,000,000 annually, additional matters, such as the scope and planning of the audit as well other matters, would need to be discussed with the Audit Committee. NOTE: We believe these requirements should not have a significant impact on the scope of activity of audit committees presently in existence. However, an important outcome of the Act is to allow the New York Attorney General new powers to oversee and act on apparent violations of good governance practice. Most, if not all, of the aspects of good governance included in the New York Act are referred to in IRS Form 990, as revised in 2008. However, those governance questions in the Form 990 do not represent aspects of law, at either the state or Federal level. This Act will change that dramatically for nonprofit charities operating in New York State. Click here to see a copy of the Act. For the Attorney General press release, including comments by leaders in the nonprofit sector, see this link. If you have any questions about the Act, please contact Tom Blaney or Chris Petermann, Co-Directors of the Private Foundation practice at O’Connor Davies.

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