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    An environmental purpose is not one of the seven exempt purposes specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). However, many environmental organizations qualify for exemption under 501(c)(3) because their activities further charitable, educational, and/or scientific purposes. Although there is no explicit mention of environmental purposes in the statutes or regulations defining […]

    The post Starting a Nonprofit: Environmental as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Purpose appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    2016 has featured a number of major events that have affected, and will continue to affect, the nonprofit sector. Some might describe 2016 as a difficult year, featuring a long, turbulent election in the United States and unexpected results that have left many groups, including nonprofits themselves and the communities they serve, anxious and uncertain […]

    The post 10 Significant News Events of 2016 appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    Nonprofits exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are not automatically exempt from property taxes. In California, depending upon ownership and use of the property, eligible nonprofit organizations may separately apply and receive an exemption from local property taxes. There are three common exemptions for nonprofits owning property in California: the Church exemption, the […]

    The post Applying for the California Property Tax Welfare Exemption: An Overview appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    Increasingly, for-profit corporations are expanding their goals beyond profit-maximization and pursuing social or charitable goals. For owners of some of these corporations whose sole focus becomes a charitable purpose, conversion into a nonprofit organization can provide new sources of financial and social capital. However, whether a corporation should convert its structure into a tax-exempt, nonprofit […]

    The post Converting a For-Profit into a Nonprofit appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    The secretary of a nonprofit organization plays a critical role in fostering communication and ensuring proper management and utilization of important organizational records. Generally, an organization’s bylaws will set the duties of the secretary, however, duties may change from time to time as may be assigned by the board. A secretary will be most useful […]

    The post Duties of the Secretary of a Nonprofit Corporation appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    A Treasurer is typically charged with overseeing the management and reporting of an organization’s finances. Generally, as with other officer positions, the specific duties of the Treasurer are stated in an organization’s bylaws. Since an organization’s financial management is directly tied to the Treasurer’s responsibilities, the Treasurer’s execution of her responsibilities will have a strong […]

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    The term “member” is a term of art defined in California Nonprofit Corporation Law (the “Law”). Generally, a member under the Law (sometimes referred to as a “statutory member” or “voting member”) means any person who, under a provision of a corporation’s articles of incorporation (“articles”) or bylaws, has the right to vote on (1) […]

    The post Starting a Nonprofit: Voting Membership Structure appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    Private foundations in the United States are often interested in funding promising organizations and projects that are based outside of the country. When doing so, these foundations are required to follow certain rules and procedures promulgated by the IRS to help ensure that the foreign grantees are properly using those funds for charitable purposes. Currently, […]

    The post International Grantmaking: Equivalency Determinations appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    The National Network of Fiscal Sponsors held its Annual Gathering in New Orleans on October 26 and 27. Approximately 120 leaders of fiscal sponsors and other professionals from across the country came to share experiences and to learn about common issues, best practices, and new developments. One common question throughout the gathering was whether the term […]

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    A fiscal sponsorship relationship may, at some point, come to an end. Whether the project leaders have found a new sponsor, created a new nonprofit entity with its own exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or decided to move on in order to focus on other ventures, the parties should properly terminate […]

    The post Fiscal Sponsorship – Exit and Transfer of Assets appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.


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    The past 12 months have featured many major events that have affected, and will have long-term implications for, the nonprofit sector. In January, women all over the world marched for gender, racial and economic equality, and throughout the year, women shared stories of sexual harassment and assault, illuminating how pervasive such behavior is in every […]

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    The IRS has released an updated Form 1023, revised December 2017. Form; Instructions. For organizations submitting the full Form 1023, the user fee is now $600. The instructions indicate that organizations should refer to Rev. Proc. 2017-5, 2017-1 I.R.B. 230, or a later revision for updates to user fees, which are revised in the first […]

    The post Updated Form 1023 – New User Fee appeared first on Nonprofit Law Blog.