For more than 70 years, 501(c)(3) American Council on Education (ACE) has administered the General Educational Development Test (GED), used by many to get a high school diploma. That is about to change.
ACE explains that this change is necessary to help the GED remain relevant. ACE leaders believe the GED must more accurately measure an individual’s readiness for the next steps in his or her career or education. But ACE doesn’t have the money or expertise to accomplish this goal on its own. According to ACE, before agreeing to the joint venture it approached several nonprofit testing companies, but none were interested.
Responses to the impending change are not all positive. A few states have already dropped the GED in light of the new test.
Pasadena public radio station KPCC reports that this type of for-profit involvement in education is a growing trend. According to the article, 30% of the world’s education industry is now run by private companies. This is something we’ve dealt with directly. We’ve converted nonprofit educational institutions to for-profits – and for-profits to nonprofits.
If your nonprofit is considering entering into a joint venture or other arrangement with a for-profit entity or is thinking about converting from a nonprofit to a for-profit or vice versa, contact us first. These relationships are highly scrutinized by the IRS and can affect your organization’s exempt status if not done properly. We’ve done it before and know all the pitfalls to avoid.