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Fingerprinting for Nonprofit Volunteer Background Checks

A nonprofit can never be too careful when screening its employees and volunteers. As such, more are conducting due diligence on their employees and volunteers. This is particularly true for those that serve vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, or abuse victims. Part of that diligence is having the volunteer fingerprinted for a background check. If your organization is considering adding this step to its due diligence, do you know where to go for fingerprint background checks?

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Social Welfare
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Nonprofits and Political Activities

There are 27 different types of non-profits in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, but the most numerous categories are IRS 501(c)(3) corporations (charitable organizations) and IRS 501(c)(4) corporations (social welfare organizations).

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Sharing Employees

When affiliated nonprofits work closely together, it is often cost effective to have some shared staff. When structuring shared staffing arrangements, it is important to carefully consider and document how costs will be allocated between the organization. Common arrangements include employee leasing and employee loan arrangements.

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Starting a Nonprofit in Washington State

Once a potential founder has read our post on Nonprofit Business Planning “ Steal All the Underpants, and has determined that a new nonprofit organization would serve a legitimate need in the community and can be supported without stealing any underpants, she must then consider the steps necessary to form the nonprofit corporation in Washington State and obtain tax-exemption from the IRS.

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Donations Prior to Exemption
Nonprofit Tax

Accepting Donations Prior to Exemption

Newly formed charities often encounter a chicken and egg problem. They wish to begin their operations before they receive formal approval of their tax-exempt status but they can’t attract funding until they receive their federal 501(c)(3) determination.

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How to Form NGOs
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Nonprofit Law Jargon Buster – What is an NGO?

In practice, a NGO is an organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business. Therefore, NGO is a broad term that encompasses traditional private nonprofits as well as many other forms of mission-based organizations.

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Name Changes
Starting a nonprofit

Name Change – How to Do it Right

Exempt organizations that wish to change their name often secure a trade name or do business under a fictitious name. Presumably they opt to use a fictitious name rather than formally change their name because they believe a legal name change is too much trouble or they don’t know how to accomplish it. . . . A better approach is to change the organization’s legal name with both state and federal authorities to present a unified and cohesive brand to donors and supporters.

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Group Exemption
Starting a nonprofit

What is a Group Exemption?

The group exemption permits a central or parent organization to certify that each subordinate qualifies for exemption and to include it under its umbrella for tax-exemption purposes. The process is designed to reduce paperwork for both taxpayers and the IRS where affiliated entities are similar in their purpose, structure and operations.

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