Tag Archives: non-profits

Form 990 Filing Site Hacked

Form 990 Filing just got more complicated. The online service where 990s are filed electronically has recently been hacked. The Urban Institute, which operates the online filing site for the annual returns nonprofits must file, announced that it “recently discovered … Continue reading

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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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Nonprofit Registries Increases Streamlined Giving

Have you ever bought a gift off a registry for a friend’s wedding or baby shower? Well, nonprofits are getting in on the registry approach, making it easier for donors to give organizations what they really need. Through Amazon.com’s Wish … Continue reading

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Free Grantwriting for Nonprofits!

Each year, a grantsmanship course is offered at USC’s School of Policy, Planning & Development. The central focus of the course is writing a grant proposal for a real nonprofit organization. This is where your organization comes in. Many of … Continue reading

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Struggling State Govts Turn to Charities For Help

State governments are struggling to keep their social service programs alive. Increasingly, they are turning to charities like Shriner’s Hospital for Children, United Way, and YMCA for help keeping up with funding commitments under programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy … Continue reading

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Avoid the Payroll Tax Plague

When we recently spoke at CalCPA’s nonprofit committee meeting, we mentioned a big issue plaguing nonprofits – failure to pay payroll taxes. For cash flow or other reasons, nonprofits often fail to make these payments to the IRS and the … Continue reading

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Will Innovation Breed Success?

Many donors only give to charities that demonstrate specific evidence of their success. The governor of Massachusetts is now turning this commonly held standard into new state legislation. It’s called Social Innovation Financing. MA’s Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor … Continue reading

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Watch Out Politically Minded 501(c)(4)s, the NY AG is Getting to Work

While the IRS finally agreed to reevaluate regulations concerning politically minded 501(c)(4)s, the NY Attorney General isn’t happy just sitting around and waiting. Instead, NY AG Eric Schneiderman recently sent letters to over 20 politically motivated 501(c)(4) organizations, asking for … Continue reading

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The AG Provides a “How Not to” Manual for Charities

As CNN reported last week, the CA Attorney General filed a claim against Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) accusing the board of, among other things, diverting and wasting charitable assets. The AG alleges that the board approved excessive compensations, failed to … Continue reading

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Madoffs Can't Even Give Their Money Away

When your organization accepts a donation, does it first consider the source of the donation? The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund did just that when it turned down more than $250,000 in gifts last year from organizations founded by sons of … Continue reading

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