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1 S ECTION 4 C HANGES TO F UNDS L EGAL A SPECTS OF F UND M ANAGEMENT

2 L AW OF R ESTRICTED G IFTS Basic Rule: comply with donor intent Charities began in trust law – now primarily nonprofit corporations Merging of legal concepts: corporate fiduciary principles applied to trustees of trusts AND trust law modification rules applied to gifts to nonprofit corporations

3 A PPLICATION OF T RUST L AW Courts have applied trust concepts of cy pres/equitable deviation to nonprofit corporations UPMIFA applies cy pres and equitable deviation to charitable endowments held by nonprofit corporations

4 M AKING A C HANGE State trust law doctrines of cy pres (to change purpose) if purpose becomes impossible, impractical, illegal or perhaps wasteful. Equitable deviation to change implementation and administration if purpose is possible. Difficult to distinguish!

5 I NDIANA T RUST L AW : C Y P RES D OCTRINE IC : (a) If property is given to a trust for a benevolent public purpose and the property is to be applied to a particular charitable purpose, and it is or becomes impossible, impracticable, wasteful, or illegal to carry out the particular purpose, and if the settlor manifested a more general intention to devote the property to charitable purposes, the trust need not fail, but the court may direct the application of the property to some charitable purpose which falls within the general charitable intention of the settlor.

6 F EDERAL L AW

7 C OMMUNITY F OUNDATION D EFINED Treasury Regulations Section 1.170A-9(e)(10)- (14) create the six “single entity” requirements to combine multiple trusts, nonprofit corporations or unincorporated associations into a single entity known as a community foundation for tax purposes.

8 E XCEPTION Unless your organizing documents (bylaws and/or articles of incorporation) state otherwise, if a community foundation is a nonprofit corporation that uses fund accounting – i.e., it does not hold any fund in separate trust or corporation – it is not required to meet the six single entity requirements.

9 S INGLE E NTITY R EQUIREMENTS 1.Commonly known as a “Community Foundation”, “Community Trust” or “Community Fund” 2.Common instrument – master trust or agency agreement – binding separate entities 3.Common governing body

10 S INGLE E NTITY R EQUIREMENTS 4.Committed to a reasonable return on investments – balancing return of income with growth of principal 5.Financial reports required – showing all funds as components of the single entity

11 V ARIANCE P OWER 6.The power of the governing body to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purpose or to any specified organization, if in the sole judgment of the governing body, such restriction becomes unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, illegal or inconsistent with the needs of the community. Treas. Reg. Sec A-9(e)(11)(v)(B)(1).

12 L IMITS ON V ARIANCE P OWER Exercised by the governing board Must be done in good faith Must be relative to charitable purpose or organizational recipient – beware of undesignating a restriction for endowment While a federal requirement, there may be state law considerations pursuant to signed agreements or contracts – resulting in review by the Attorney General and local court of jurisdiction

13 M ODIFICATION U NDER UPMIFA

14 UPMIFA M ODIFICATION : L IVING D ONOR IC (a) With the consent of the donor in a record, an institution may modify or release, in whole or in part, a restriction in a gift instrument on the management, investment, and purpose of an institutional fund. (b) A release under this section may not allow an institutional fund to be used for purposes other than the charitable purposes of the institution affected.

15 M ODIFICATION : D ECEASED D ONOR (d) An institution may petition a court to modify, in a manner consistent with the gift instrument, the charitable purpose of a fund or a restriction on the use of a fund if the charitable purpose or use becomes unlawful, impracticable, impossible, or wasteful. An institution shall notify the attorney general of a petition under this subsection. A court shall provide the attorney general an opportunity to be heard on the petition.

16 M ODIFICATION : D ECEASED D ONOR (c) An institution may petition a court to modify, in a manner consistent with the donor's intentions to the extent practicable, a restriction in a gift instrument concerning the management or investment of an institutional fund if: (1) the restriction is impracticable or wasteful; (2) the restriction impairs the management or investment of the fund; or (3) due to unanticipated circumstances, the modification will further the purposes of the institutional fund. An institution shall notify the attorney general of a petition under this subsection. A court shall provide the attorney general an opportunity to be heard on the petition.

17 M ODIFICATION : S MALL AND O LD F UNDS Small – less than $25,000Old – Over 20 years (e) If an institution determines that a restriction in a gift instrument on the management, investment, or purpose of an institutional fund is unlawful, impracticable, impossible, or wasteful, the institution shall notify the attorney general. Not more than sixty (60) days after providing notice under this subsection, the institution may release or modify all or part of the restriction if:

18 M ODIFICATION : S MALL AND O LD F UNDS (1) the value of the institutional fund subject to the restriction is less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000); (2) the institutional fund was established more than twenty (20) years earlier; and (3) the institution uses the institutional fund in a manner consistent with the charitable purposes expressed in the gift instrument.

19 C HECKLIST FOR M ODIFICATION TO A F UND

20 C HECKLIST : L IVING D ONOR 1.Is donor requesting change? If board approves – OK. Create new agreement for signature. 2.If CF board requests the change ask permission of donor. a.If approved by donor, create new agreement for signature b.If denied by donor, consider approval by board of next steps: 1) Attorney general review 2) Petition court for approval 3) Expect donor to file opposition!

21 F AVORED C RITERIA FOR C HANGE I F L IVING D ONOR D ISAGREES 1)Unlawful, 2)Impracticable 3)Impossible, or 4)Wasteful

22 C RITERIA FOR C HANGE : D ECEASED D ONOR 2.Is donor deceased? If so, then: a.Ask approval by board b.If fund is old (over 20 years) and small (less than $25,000), give notice to attorney general and wait 60 days

23 N OT O LD AND S MALL : T WO O PTIONS 3. If fund is NOT old and small, then determine whether change is to: a.management or investment of an institutional fund, or b.charitable purpose of a fund or a restriction on the use of a fund

24 C HANGE TO M ANAGEMENT OR I NVESTMENT 4. If change is to management or investment of an institutional fund, determine whether a.the restriction is impracticable or wasteful; b.the restriction impairs the management or investment of the fund; or c.due to unanticipated circumstances, the modification will further the purposes of the institutional fund.

25 C HANGE TO M ANAGEMENT OR I NVESTMENT 5. If so, determine if change is consistent with the donor's intentions to the extent practicable. If so, a.Ask for board approval b.Notify attorney general c.Petition court for approval

26 C HANGE TO A C HARITABLE P URPOSE 6. If fund is NOT old and small, and change is to charitable purpose of a fund or a restriction on the use of a fund, then determine if the charitable purpose or use is a.unlawful, b.impracticable, c.impossible, or d.wasteful

27 C HANGE TO C HARITABLE P URPOSE 7. If so, determine if change is consistent with the donor's intentions to the extent practicable. If so, a.Ask for board approval b.Notify attorney general c.Petition court for approval


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