James Sheehan, Bureau Chief
State of New York Office of the Attorney General
Albany, NY 12224-0341
Re: Guidance on Nonprofit Revitalization Act
Dear James Sheehan,
It has been now over seven (7) months since the Nonprofit Revitalization Act was enacted. With the passage of the Act, the Charities Bureau made promises to provide the nonprofit community with guidance, templates and training concerning the new standards and its enforcement.
These promises have not been delivered to date, leaving tens of thousands of well-meaning nonprofits vulnerable to the legal, financial and reputational risks associated with noncompliance. It is only reasonable to assume that the Charities Bureau is not following through on its promises because the Bureau itself is having difficulty applying various provisions of the law to practice. NYCON understands your challenges in doing so, as the Act is flawed in a number of respects and amendment is needed, however, the AG’s Office refuses to support any corrective legislation action whatsoever.
As you are aware, NYCON and other nonprofit advocates including legal, accounting professions and state agencies, have been working to fill the guidance and educational void left by the Charities Bureau. The lack of leadership by the Bureau however, has left significant provisions of the Act subject to varying interpretations leaving nonprofits vulnerable to non-compliance.
In NYCON’s view, the time has passed for more empty promises and we strong urge the Charities Bureau to provide leadership that will advance charitable missions and protect charitable assets. . We request that the Bureau immediately take the following actions:
We urge that the above information be found on the Charities Bureau website, and also be easily accessible in a downloadable electronic format.
NYCON, as an association representing approximately 3,000 nonprofit members from across New York State, is more than willing to be a resource for the Charities Bureau as you move forward on these actions. We also strongly encourage the Bureau to reconsider its refusal to consider and support responsible legislative “fixes” to the Act.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me at (518) 434-9194, ext. 103 or email me at email@example.com.
Chief Executive Officer
Honorable Assemblymember James F. Brennan
Honorable Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
David R. Watson, Esq., of the New York State Bar Association
Debra L. Raskin, President of the New York City Bar Association
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