Why Are Charities Tax-Exempt?

Charitable organizations are eligible to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is based on a common belief that giving to charities is good for society. However, with ever increasing reports of corruption and fraud, very large amounts of monies tied up in endowment funds of universities and foundations, and cries of unfair competition by taxable for-profits, some […]

10 Issues To Address in Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Policy

Copyright and trademark infringement.  Tip: understand the fair use doctrine.  Trap: expecting attribution to offer protection against charges of infringement.
Fundraising and foreign state registration requirements. Tip: check out The Unified Registration Statement.  Trap: disregarding registration laws and their application to funds raised through social media (see the Charleston Principles).
Events and foreign state qualifications to do business.  Tip: think about whether you are responsible […]

Nonprofit Crowdfunding Risks

The popularity of nonprofit crowdfunding is undeniable. Last year alone, it is estimated that $5 billion was raised through global crowdfunding with about 30 percent of that total going to social causes. While that figure pales in comparison to the approximately $300 billion raised by charities in the US over the same time period, the number of donation and reward-based […]

What Is A Nonprofit Limited Liability Company?

A limited liability company (LLC) is a legal form of enterprise, owned by one or more members, that may be organized and operated for a wide variety of purposes, including charitable purposes. One of the major advantages of an LLC is the limited liability protection it offers to its members. Members are generally not liable for the debts and obligations of […]