Category Archives: Advocacy

Should Social Welfare Organizations Be Treated More Like Charities?

Currently, the IRS requires 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to be “primarily engaged” in promoting social welfare. This means social welfare organizations can spend a minority of their total expenditures on political campaign activity without losing their exemption. As these organizations … Continue reading

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IRS Considers Reevaluating Politically Minded 501(c)(4) Orgs

As we posted here and here, advocates for campaign finance reform have been demanding for the past year that the IRS investigate politically motivated “social welfare” or 501(c)(4) organizations. These calls to action have finally paid off. Lois Lerner, the … Continue reading

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IRS Increases Scrutiny of 501(c)(3) Political Activity During Election Cycle

Our clients often ask whether they can participate in legislative and political activity. While we encourage clients to lobby on behalf of their interests within the limits prescribed by law (see our previous post), 501(c)(3) organizations cannot engage in activity … Continue reading

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Another Call for IRS to Investigate Social Welfare Orgs

As you know from our previous post, the IRS has increased its scrutiny of nonprofit organizations engaging in political activity (as it does every 4 years during the presidential election cycle). This is because while 501(c)(4) organizations are allowed to … Continue reading

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Advocacy Tips for Nonprofits

As we told you in a prior post, for many nonprofits, advocacy is an important tool for achieving exempt purposes. In a recent article published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, successful advocates offer tips to help charities defend their interests. … Continue reading

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Debt Deal is Existential Threat to Nonprofits

The debt deal itself, as well deeper cuts coming from Congress, threaten millions of jobs in the nonprofit sector and the tens of millions of Americans who rely on their services. Continue reading

Texas United Way Exec Says "Fight for Survival"

Texas Nonprofit exec warns nonprofits to lobby or die. Continue reading

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