Troubling Policies at  Purdue’s (Formerly For-Profit) Arm

Since the end of World War II, “proprietary” post-secondary institutions have popped up around the nation, taking advantage of generous G.I. benefits to lure students into programs that often were shady and didn’t produce serious education or vocational training. Governments of both parties cracked down from time to time on these mostly small operations. About thirty years ago, it all changed. Suddenly, “large Read More

More About GDPR and Nonprofits

Back in early March 2018, we posted The EU Data-Privacy Law That May Affect U.S. Nonprofits (GDPR) to alert readers of a set of rules in the European Union that may apply to more than a few American organizations. There are hefty penalties for violations; the 2016 law included a grace period until May 25, 2018, after which these penalties would take effect. We correctly guessed that few readers back in March had Read More

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

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

Charities’ Congressional Wish List

It’s safe to say it's a new day in the U.S. Congress. There’s an entirely different House of Representatives after the blue wave of November 2018. Of course, there’s still a GOP-controlled Senate and White House, so the power dynamics won’t significantly change. Nevertheless, the lower chamber has the power of the purse; controlling appropriations is a significant cudgel.    In addition, Democrats now control 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

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

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

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