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New Edition of “Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits” Hits the Shelves!

New Edition of “Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits” Hits the Shelves!

Nolo’s all-around guide to raising money for small to mid-size charitable organization has been a success since it was first published, not only becoming a resource for not nonprofit staff, but used at many universities to teach fundraising principles. We’re please to announce that the book has just been released in its fifth edition. Like every Nolo book, we take pains to update and freshen it up before issuing a new version. This latest one features: Detailed new advice on running a…

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Check Out the Writing-Award Winners From the 2016 National Association of Real Estate Editors’ Conference!

Check Out the Writing-Award Winners From the 2016 National Association of Real Estate Editors’ Conference!

The Annual National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) Conference just concluded in New Orleans, bringing together real estate writers, journalists, and industry experts from around the United States. As always, the announcements of NAREE’s 2015 journalism and book award winners were event highlights. Here’s a sampler of the writings that caught the judges’ eyes: Josh Salman, of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, discussed flaws in administration and oversight of the EB-5 investor visa program, which many non-citizens use as a way to get…

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EEOC Files First Lawsuits for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII

EEOC Files First Lawsuits for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first two lawsuits against a Pennsylvania employer and a Maryland employer for sexual orientation discrimination. The EEOC’s actions are not too surprising, given its recent decision in July of 2015, in which it held that discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation was illegal sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The EEOC’s decision is seen as controversial by some, as federal courts have historically found…

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How Much Would a Small Interest Rate Hike Affect Your Total Mortgage Costs?

How Much Would a Small Interest Rate Hike Affect Your Total Mortgage Costs?

The world is watching and waiting to see whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this month, or at least by the end of 2015. A rise in the “federal funds rate” will translate pretty quickly into higher mortgage interest rates, affecting any prospective homebuyer who can’t simply pony up a few hundred thousand dollars in cash. (The fed isn’t the only driver of mortgage interest rates, but it’s a factor in the mix.) Given that nearly a…

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NEW PROPOSED REGULATIONS FOR “ABLE” ACCOUNTS

NEW PROPOSED REGULATIONS FOR “ABLE” ACCOUNTS

IRS recently issued proposed regs which implement a new Federal law authorizing states to offer tax efficient “ABLE” accounts to folks with disabilities who became disabled before age 26. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account provision was designed to enable people with disabilities and their families to save for and pay for disability-related expenses. Contributions in a total amount up the annual gift tax exclusion can be deposited to an ABLE account annually, and distributions are tax free…

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