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Starting a nonprofit

Excess Benefit Transactions
Starting a nonprofit

Excess Benefit Transactions

Before 1996, the only option the IRS had when faced with a tax-exempt organization that had violated the private inurement rules was to do nothing or to revoke the organization’s tax-exempt status, a penalty that often punished the organization’s beneficiaries more than the insiders who benefited from the inurement. To cure this problem, Code Section 4958 was added to the Internal Revenue Code in 1996 to provide the IRS with an “intermediate” tool between the extremes of either ignoring the problem or revoking the nonprofit’s tax-exempt status.

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Taking Over an Existing Nonprofit
Starting a nonprofit

Taking Over An Existing Nonprofit

Often prospective clients call us wanting to know whether we know of any dormant nonprofits that are going out of business that they could take over. The idea is that taking over an existing entity avoids the hassle and expense of incorporation, creating a governance structure and obtaining tax-exempt status for a brand new entity. Presumably, a new board of directors would be substituted in place of the old board and new officers would be elected.

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Why Start a Private Foundation
Starting a nonprofit

Why Start a Private Foundation?

With the popularity and ease of donor advised funds, why do some donors still choose to start a private foundation to conduct their charitable giving?

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About DOL’s New Independent Contractor Rule
Starting a nonprofit

Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is a common mistake made by many nonprofits. Still, improperly misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor can be costly. Nonprofits can suffer payroll tax liabilities and penalties or lawsuits from federal and state authorities for reimbursement of workers’ compensation claims.

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nonprofit organization volunteers
Starting a nonprofit

Tips for Managing Volunteers

While many nonprofits may be enjoying the surge in volunteerism, relying on volunteers can come with its share of risks. Still, abiding by a few key practices can ensure that both the nonprofit organization and its volunteers get the most out of the experience. 

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Data Privacy and Nonprofits

Blackbaud is familiar to many nonprofits and universities as one of the world’s leading cloud software companies for fundraising, relationship, and financial management. Now they are in the limelight after a highly publicized ransomware attack in which perpetrators obtained a copy of a subset of data from its Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity products that track clients’ donors and fundraising activities. Although Blackbaud maintains that no personal information (such as credit card numbers, banking information, or social security numbers) was compromised in the attack, Blackbaud users impacted by the breach have since filed a class-action lawsuit for negligence, breach of contract, and other allegations.

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