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friends of organizations
Starting a nonprofit

What is a “Friends of” Organization?

U.S. “Friends of” organizations are designed to facilitate US support for a foreign charity. U.S. donors commonly seek to support a foreign charitable organization aiding

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Public Inspection
IRS

Public Inspection  – Exempt Organization Tax Records 

Tax-exempt organizations must allow timely public inspection of their last three annual information returns and their exemption application or risk steep penalties. Many nonprofits are caught off guard when they receive their first request. Below is a summary of what must be provided and when and what may be withheld.

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Trademark Protection
Intellectual Property

Trademark Protection For Nonprofits

Trademark protection is a valuable tool because it protects your nonprofit’s proprietary intellectual property from theft and unauthorized use. Owning a trademark allows you to prevent others who might try to capitalize on the goodwill your nonprofit has built from using your intellectual property without your permission. Trademarking intellectual property provides an extra layer of protection for your nonprofit’s reputation and goodwill because it ensures your brand identity is not being misused by nefarious copycats masquerading as your nonprofit. 

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Tax-Exempt Political Organizations"
IRS

Tax-Exempt Political Organizations

Generally, organizations which are exempt from taxation are listed in § 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code (“I.R.C.”). Instead, political organizations are governed under I.R.C. § 527. 501(c) organizations are exempt from income tax for various public policy reasons, such as helping to improve lives, strengthening communities and the economy, and lightening the burdens of government. To incentivize social good, the government subsidizes 501(c) organizations by eliminating their tax burden. Conversely, political organizations organized under § 527 do not provide charitable services or improve social welfare. Rather, their sole function is to influence the election of candidates for public office.

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Charitable Remainder Trust
Grantmaking and Gift Planning

Charitable Remainder Trusts 101

What is a Charitable Remainder Trust? The Charitable Remainder Trust (“CRT”) is a trust set up to generate revenue for a beneficiary while also ensuring

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Directors vs. Trustees
Governance

Directors vs. Trustees of a Nonprofit

The group of individuals charged with the governance of nonprofits are often referred to interchangeably as directors or trustees. These terms are similar in that they both refer to the group of individuals who have a fiduciary duty to oversee the nonprofit organization. However, from a legal perspective, there are important distinctions.

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How to Start a Non-Profit Organization

It always starts with an idea: you want to solve a problem in your community, conduct research into a disease, or raise awareness of an important issue.
As the solution unfolds, you realize you need to raise funds to turn that dream into a reality. At this point, many visionaries jump to filing for tax-exempt status.
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How to Start a Non-Profit Organization

Download our free guide to learn about the many elements needed to run a successful nonprofit organization, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.