I admit this has not been my best gift shopping year. I tried, but with the pandemic, I limited my shopping outings, and I don’t like shopping online for obvious reasons. My new mantra is “How about no gifts this year and we all give the money we would have spent to our favorite charities?”

I think that people in general are decent and good. There are always some bad apples, but during crises most people want to help others. During the coronavirus pandemic, many people are doing everything they can to help others, including assisting neighbors, family members, friends and health care workers. Charitable organizations have stepped up to

Since 1958, when the Supreme Court held that the State of Alabama’s attempt to compel the NAACP to disclose its membership lists infringed on the members’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly, charities and donors have expected donor information to remain confidential. However, recent developments in New York have thrown that expectation into question.

Most 501(c)(3) public charities annually file IRS Form 990 (or Form 990-EZ), which is a public document. Public charities that receive more than $5,000 from a single donor, if the amount exceeds 2 percent of total contributions for the year, must complete Schedule B, and provide the names, addresses, and total contributions received from all such donors. Unlike the rest of Form 990, Schedule B information is confidential. The Internal Revenue Code prohibits the IRS from disclosing Schedule B, and permits public charities to redact Schedule B.
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Reader’s Digest, owned by Trusted Media, was hit with a class action in New York federal court alleging that the magazine sells its subscribers’ personal information, including names, addresses, and demographic information, to data miners without any consent, in violation of the Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act. Class representative, Shannon Taylor (Taylor), claims that