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    Along with prohibited political activity, another way a 501(c)(3) organization can risk its tax exemption is too much lobbying. Why? Because a tax exemption is a taxpayer subsidy to your organization — without it, you’d have to pay tax on your revenue.  So Congress has...

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    “It’s easier to get tax-exempt status under Form 1023EZ than it is to get a library card,” says Tim Delaney,  the President and CEO of the Council of Nonprofits about the new exemption-application alternative for smaller organizations. While that may be a bit of an...

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    You probably thought we’ve told you all you need to know about charity board meeting minutes in “Breach of Duty by Ogling the Doughnuts,”  “Fun Facts About Corporate Minutes,” and “Nonprofit Corporate Minutes: What Not To Do.” There’s just a bit more. It’s about motions...

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  • 09/11/15--09:05: Today We Remember
  • Fourteen years ago, today. We remember.  

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    There’s a good reason why you’re likely to find an amendment clause in your nonprofit’s bylaws: It’s meant to be used from time to time. The amendment bylaw wasn’t thrown into the mix as an afterthought, or as filler to pad the document’s page-count to...

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    From our family to yours – we wish you a very merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

    The post Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    We are excited to announce that Carol Stachwick, CPA has agreed to lead For Purpose Accounting, a new practice area of For Purpose Law Group! Carol most recently was an audit manager with AKT LLP, where her practice focused on providing audit and compliance services to nonprofit,...

    The post Carol Stachwick, CPA, joins the For Purpose team appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    A scheme described – in a model of understatement – as a “pernicious charity fraud” has finally been stopped. On March 30, 2016, the FTC announced a settlement in the “most ambitious and largest multi-state prosecution of a nonprofit,” the notorious Cancer Fund of America...

    The post A Huge Charity Fraud Settlement – Or Is It? appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    We are excited to announce that starting June 27th, 2016 the San Diego offices of For Purpose Law Group will be operating out of our NEW location at 1435 30th Street in the charming – and centrally located – neighborhood of South Park. This move...

    The post For Purpose Law is ON THE MOVE! appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    We’ve reported before on nonprofits being caught in the financial crossfire from state (and local) budget impasses and cutbacks. In “Local Governments Eager to Snag Revenue from Nonprofits,” we alerted you to the alarming trend of local governments trying to scoop up any revenue possible...

    The post More Nonprofit Woes from State Budget Troubles appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    There is “…ongoing tension between government regulation of the financial and political activities of U.S. organizations and their First Amendment rights of speech and association,” according to the Jon Pratt, author of “Battlefield History and Status: First Amendment Tensions between Nonprofits and Governments,” an excellent...

    The post Refugees Relief Agencies Win Standoff Against Texas appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    In “Local Governments Eager to Snag Revenue from Nonprofits,” we quoted the warning from the late Rick Cohen back in 2010: If Congress tried to take away the tax exemption from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, our sector would be united and up in arms. But instead...

    The post More N.J. Nonprofit Hospitals With Property Tax Troubles appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    This election season includes important candidate races at all levels of government. But, also on the ballot in California, are numerous ballot propositions.  It’s easy to assume that the political ban in section 501(c)(3) on campaign activities would apply to all of the items on...

    The post Public Charities and Ballot Initiatives appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    Sometimes called “slush funds” and “shadow corporations,” the foundations that support the nation’s public universities have been grabbing headlines recently: ones they would rather avoid. We highlighted some developments in “Foundations of Public Universities: Too Secretive?” “Public officials are raising questions about the spending practice...

    The post Another Public University Foundation Under Fire appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    Negative lawyer jokes have been around since (at least!) the time of Shakespeare. Remember this old chestnut? ”The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers…” – Dick the Butcher, Shakespeare’s ”Henry VI” It’s part of our culture, and sometimes it is unfortunately justified....

    The post November 4th is International #LoveYourLawyer Day appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    In “Charities and Embezzlement,” we discussed what to do as soon as embezzlement or fraud is discovered; namely, report it to the authorities and charity regulators. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As part of a comprehensive risk management...

    The post Charity Embezzlement: Thwart It With Good Controls appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    Each year, the Internal Revenue Service issues a “Priority Guidance Plan” to announce the “tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance.”   The purpose of this document is to focus “resources on guidance items...

    The post IRS Announces Guidance Priorities for Exempt Organizations appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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    Insurance is an essential component of a nonprofit organization’s comprehensive risk management plan; that is, the strategic review of the potential exposure “to unexpected losses, and then develop[ment][of] strategies either to prevent losses from happening, or to reduce damage and expense when they do.” It protects...

    The post Insurance for Nonprofits: A Primer appeared first on For Purpose Law Group.


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