Tag Archives: non-profits

Protecting the Public from Charity Scams

Beware of charity scams. Do your homework before donating. Those are the warnings issued to the public by CNBC in a recent report about fraudulent nonprofits. The CNBC report focused on an unprecedented enforcement action in 2015. The Federal Trade … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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