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IRS Targets Nonprofit Self-Declarers

It’s official. IRS targeting of nonprofit self-declarers will begin this year. Most organizations that qualify for federal tax-exemption other than non-church 501(c)(3) charities do not need to apply for tax-exemption. Whereas may do, they can simply self-declare that they are … Continue reading

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For-Profit College Converts to 501(c)(3)

In recent years we’ve converted a university and other 501(c)(3)s into for-profit corporations. But is the trend now reversing? Last year, the Law Firm for Non-Profits helped a for-profit private school become a nonprofit. And at the beginning of 2015, … Continue reading

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Telephone Townhall for Nonprofit Organizations

Do you have questions about the sales and use taxes that affect nonprofits organizations? Here is your chance to ask your questions directly to the California Board of Equalization. On February 19, 2015 at 10AM, California Board of Equalization member … Continue reading

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Biggest Donations of 2014 Announced

While the two biggest charitable donations in 2014 came from men over 80, the top 10 biggest donors reinforced young technology wealth as an important player in philanthropy. The list includes large donations from Nicholas Woodman, the founders of GoPro … Continue reading

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2014 Year in Review of the Non-Profit Legal Matters Blog

As you make your nonprofit’s resolutions for 2015, take a moment to look back on the year that was for nonprofits. To help you get started, here are some of our top blog posts on 5 of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Will the Real Directors Please Stand Up

There is a lot of confusion among nonprofits with regard to ex officio directors. Who are they and how are they different from other directors? The term ex officio comes from Latin and means “from the office.” Thus, an ex … Continue reading

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Congressional Watchdog Releases IRS Report Card

How are the recent congressional budget cuts affecting the IRS’s exempt organizations division? With growing concern about the effectiveness of IRS oversight of exempt organizations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, non-partisan congressional watchdog, was asked to prepare … Continue reading

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Former Executive Director Embezzles $900K from Charity

The former Executive Director of We Stay-Nos Quedamos, a South Bronx housing and social services nonprofit, recently pleaded guilty to diverting nearly $900,000 from the organization. How did she do it? According to the New York Attorney General’s office, Yolanda … Continue reading

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Girl Scout Cookies Go Digital

After years of prohibiting digital sales of its cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA is moving the organization into the digital age with its “Digital Cookie” platform. Why did it take so long? The national organization, which sets policy regarding … Continue reading

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Proposed SUN Act Requires Increased Nonprofit Transparency

Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recently introduced the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act (The SUN Act), which would require that already public information about nonprofits (specifically, that included on their annual information returns) be made available to the public at no … Continue reading

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