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

Happy Thanksgiving from ALL of Us at For Purpose Law Group!

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Berkshire Museum Drama Heats Up

Recently, in Controversial Decision for Berkshire Museum (10/11/17), we reported on an uproar last summer in the art world. The trustees of this 100-year-old institution in  Pittsfield, Massachusetts, had announced a decision to sell some 40 valuable and cherished works of art at a Sotheby’s auction set for November 2017. The board explained this plan was based on the Museum's perilous financial situation: an Read More

Charity Shenanigans of the Billionaire-Philanthropist Doctor

In “Patient-Advocacy Nonprofits’ Dark Ties to Industry,” we examined some practices in the nonprofit sector that need a huge dose of sunlight on them to expose apparent conflicts of interest. Specifically, we referred to the often too-cozy relationships between patient-advocacy organizations and drug companies or other healthcare businesses that fund them. This post tells the tale of  Patrick Soon-Shiang, M.D., a Read More

Patient Advocacy Nonprofits’ Dark Ties to Industry

In recent years, the secretive relationships between healthcare businesses and physicians have been exposed, leading to some much-needed reforms of the sordid practice of doctors being paid to direct patients to certain prescription drugs or to medical products or services. Two new studies - just announced in the national media - may bring needed sunlight to another unsavory trend: the incestuous connections between Read More

MacArthur $100-Million Contest Semifinalists Announced

Early last summer, we reported in “The MacArthur $100-Million Grant Contest,” on the launch by the highly regarded MacArthur Foundation of an exciting contest: there is to be a $100-million award for a “single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. “Big problems require bold solutions.” That was the pitch for “proposals from any sector” with  no preferred “single field or Read More