Tips to Protect Your Nonprofit from Credit Card Fraud

More than a few nonprofit organizations operate on the assumption that they are relatively safe from fraud or theft not just by outsiders but from trusted insiders as well. As statistics show each year, this belief is incorrect and dangerous. In more than a handful of previous blog posts, we’ve highlighted this persistent danger. See for example: Charity Embezzlement: Thwart It With Good Controls; Nonprofits Beware: Read More

Corporate Governance: No Longer Just About Business

With the goal of closing the gender gap in corporate governance, in 2018 former Governor Jerry Brown signed into law requirements that all publicly traded corporations in California include at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021, those companies that have five member boards must have at least two directors who are female. For boards with six or more directors the Read More

The Refrigerator Estate Plan

You're ahead of most of your generation; you know that an estate plan is vitally important, especially if you own property or have children. You have been proactive, and your current and comprehensive estate plan has helped you to lower your taxes, avoid the necessity of probate, and provide peace of mind and security for your family if the worst were to occur. But if you have young children, your plan might be Read More

Business Fundamentals: What is a “Sole Proprietorship”?

We get this question all the time. Derived from the word “proprietor” – and first used in 1537 – a sole proprietorship offers the most flexibility and greatest freedom of all the business forms. However, it is not a separate entity and has no separate existence from that of it’s owner. Often times, businesses begin as sole proprietorships and graduate to more complex business forms as the business develops. A sole Read More

California Probate Explained

After a person passes away, their assets must go through a legal process called probate. This can be time-consuming and costly, depending on the size of the person’s estate and the types of estate planning documents they prepared during their life. To simplify things, let’s go through some common questions about the California probate process. What is probate? The probate process involves dividing up a deceased Read More

Ready to Start a Nonprofit Exempt Organization? 5 Steps to Legal Success

You have a purpose, a vision, and a plan to make it all happen — and now it’s time to legally establish your nonprofit organization. Generally speaking, as long as your organization exists for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, it qualifies as a nonprofit that is eligible for state and federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3). Other exemptions exist, too, for social welfare Read More

501(c)(3) Riches and Migrant Kids

The 2016 presidential election was a transformative event in the nation. There were unexpected and unprecedented repercussions around the nation touching people and entities generally far removed from the political fray. There was the phenomenon of “rage giving”: “a visceral reaction in the general public that unleashes a deluge of contributions to political causes as well as to nonprofit organizations. “American Read More

What’s New in Latest TE/GE Program Letter

Each year, the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division of the Internal Revenue Service publishes a “Program Letter” for the fiscal year. This gives nonprofit organizations, professional advisers, academics, consultants, and all other interested parties a snapshot look at what these IRS officials believe are the most important developments and pressing needs to address. The agency published its TE/GE Read More

Partner Mary Dowling to Present at Startup San Diego

Once a year, the San Diego startup community comes together to share progress, exchange resources, and celebrate each other. This year, Mary Dowling - a Partner at For Purpose Law Group - will be presenting on "Social Good Partnerships: How to Stay Out of Hot Water." Billed as an event for entrepreneurs, developers, designers, innovators, students, mentors, speakers and community leaders, Startup San Diego is Read More

FPLG to Present Course on Nonprofit Legal Compliance at Nonprofit Academy

The Nonprofit Academy is an award-winning partnership between the City of San Diego and The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego that offers a free, two-day training program designed to strengthen the effective management and organizational capacity of nonprofits in San Diego. The goal of The Nonprofit Academy is not only to grow existing nonprofits but also to increase the quantity, quality and Read More