Posts Tagged: 501(c)(3)

Click a Button, Find a Grant

Do you ever wish your nonprofit could click “google” to locate government grant opportunities? That wish may come true in California. Finding government grant opportunities is a frustrating process, especially for nonprofits that have limited resources. In part, this is because there is no centralized location that lists all state grants. Thus, a nonprofit seeking grants …


The Non-Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Much brouhaha has been made over President Trump’s May 4 Executive Order claiming to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment is a 1954 law that bars 501(c)(3) organizations from supporting or opposing candidates for public office. As with much in politics, this is truly much ado about nothing. The Executive Order may serve …


Can we be Facebook Friends?

You’d better think twice before asking that question of an employee if you’re a California employer, manager, or board member. Using social media avenues to connect with your nonprofit’s employees may seem like a good idea, but it can open up a Pandora’s Box of troubles for you and for the organization. For one, it’s …


The DOMA Decision Has Immediate Impact for Nonprofits

June 27, 2013 Posted by Arthur Rieman in Conflict of Interest, IRS, News

Does the Supreme Court decision overturning the key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) have any impact on nonprofits? It does indeed. In his opinion for the Court, Justice Kennedy eloquently writes that the rights and benefits of marriage must be afforded to gay and lesbian couples who are legally married. He also writes …


Rules of Disclosure: Non-Profit Documents General Public Has Rights To

What information must a nonprofit disclose to the general public? This question has come up several times in the past few months. The IRS and some states require nonprofits to provide certain items upon request. However, often times, members of the public ask for documents they have no right to view. The IRS requires tax-exempt …