UBIT Transportation Rules: Interim Guidance

By the fall of 2017, GOP leaders of Congress were determined to pass a major tax overhaul before the end of the year. But much of the detail work had not yet been done. They moved draft legislation through each chamber so quickly that many lawmakers were unable to read all, or even a substantial part, of the proposed additions and amendments to the federal tax code before the scheduled votes. Nevertheless, The Read More

Another Pfishing Tale

Headquartered in suburban Baltimore, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the nation’s largest private charitable foundations with annual grants topping $100 million each year. The primary recipients are nonprofit service providers to low-income and vulnerable people in the United States and Israel. A side project is the Israel Mission program, in which community and government leaders, mainly from 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

Alert About Your Nonprofit’s Website

“If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.”  -- Popular idiom recognized as true by most people on Earth Now that you’ve come to grips with, and accept, that every computer on the planet is likely to be hacked sooner rather than later, and now that you understand that the new General Data Protection Requirements (GDPR) from the faraway European Union may affect you, there’s something else you need to know about - and Read More

Rethinking the "Scarcity Thinking" That Holds Back Nonprofits

“There are many things that hold the nonprofit sector back, not the least of which is a lack of money,” wrote Neil Edgington back in 2015, adding: “But perhaps a bigger impediment is the scarcity thinking that may actually contribute to that lack of money.” Edgington is President of Social Velocity (www.socialvelocity.net), a management consulting firm helping nonprofits to “greater social impact and financial 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

Mandatory Volunteerism: A Bad Idea All Around

In the past few months, we’ve seen a flare-up of interest in, and government action on, an idea that has been pushed by conservative legislators and executives repeatedly over many years. It’s the proposal to require needy recipients of Medicaid to work, look for work, go to school, or engage in community volunteer activities in order to be eligible for this assistance they desperately need. This policy agenda as Read More

The EU Data-Privacy Law That May Affect U.S. Nonprofits (GDPR)

If you’ve never heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you’ve got a lot of company, especially here in the United States. First, it’s a new data privacy law which - alone - is enough to make most folks’ eyes glaze over. Second, it’s a law passed by the European Union. Nevertheless, it’s something that legal entities in the U.S., including some nonprofits, may need to know about ASAP. The GDPR is Read More

Charity Navigator Announces New Service

New Jersey-based Charity Navigator (CN) is “the country’s leading online charity evaluation service.” A 501(c)(3) itself, this organization helps donors make informed decisions about spending their charitable dollars. It gives information and data for about 1.6 million nonprofits including evaluations of these organizations' financial condition, accountability to the public, and transparency in operations.” Charity Read More