California Administrative Dissolutions

In early January of last year, the California Franchise Tax Board and the California Secretary of State launched something brand new designed to clear a lot of nonprofit organizations that are no longer operating off their rolls. California nonprofit public benefit, mutual benefit, religious, and registered foreign nonprofit corporations are now subject to administrative dissolution (California nonprofit Read More

Board Meetings and Minutes and More

As we edge up past the 200-blog-post milestone, we’re proud of the variety of topics covered. Some areas of interest to nonprofits have been covered a bit more extensively than others. For example, just last summer, we posted 8 times on the all-important politics ban in section 501(c)(3). After November 8th, though, the landscape changed dramatically; hence, our update in December 2016: “Maybe ‘Never Mind’ About The Read More

Labor and Employment Law – New Year's Resolutions for 2017

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over,  it’s time to start making resolutions for the New Year. As a small business or nonprofit organization, January is the perfect time to look forward and ensure you have the best employment foundation and plan for the coming year. For example, do you have an employee handbook? When was the last time it was updated? Did all of your employees receive the most Read More

Hello, 2017! Four Big Changes Set to Affect the Charitable Sector

As we say a (hopefully) fond farewell to 2016 and we give a welcome "hello" to 2017, it's important to note that 2017 is shaping up to be a watershed year for nonprofit charities. Major change looms, especially in government policy, where government discretionary spending will go down, tax policy will very likely change and health care and other social services will get major rearranging. We've selected (1) Rule Read More

We Wish You a Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 4th is International #LoveYourLawyer Day

Negative lawyer jokes have been around since (at least!) the time of Shakespeare. Remember this old chestnut? ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers...'' - Dick the Butcher, Shakespeare's ''Henry VI'' It’s part of our culture, and sometimes it is unfortunately justified. The attorneys at For Purpose Law Group, however, strive to serve by providing guidance to the purpose-driven organizations and Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From our family to yours - we wish you a very merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! Read More

A Recipe for How To Get Noticed by the California Attorney General

Recently, two fellows in Napa, California, have been cooking up a hearty feast of trouble. But the saga began in 2004 when an elderly gentleman - let’s call him Mr. A - set out to get his affairs in order. Mr. A had done well for himself. His Napa residence and a substantial investment account were together valued at over $2 million. He had no heirs but wanted his estate to assist needy students with scholarships. Read More

Attorneys on Nonprofit Boards

Sometimes, it boils down to a question of hats. Two hats, to be exact. And understanding that wearing both of those hats at once can lead to big trouble. Should Attorneys Serve on Charity Boards? “We already have legal counsel because we have an attorney sitting on our board," we were told by several organization executives at a recent nonprofit governance symposium. Attorneys on nonprofit boards? It happens all Read More

The Fourth Way to Sink Your Tax Exemption: Too Much Unrelated Business Income

In “5 Ways to Sink Your Tax Exemption,” we listed the sure-fire ways to jeopardize your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. We’ve already introduced four of them: (1) political activity; (2) too much lobbying; (3) not filing Form 990s; and (yeah, we didn't post them in order) (5) too much private benefit. So what's number four? Actually, you might easily overlook it, too.  It's too much unrelated business income. What Read More