Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide / Edition 5

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Now fully updated and revised, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide is written for everyone, from those new to the nonprofit world to veteran directors of well-recognized organizations. This expert guide equips you with all the critical information and know-how you will need to succeed, thrive, and protect your nonprofit's tax-exempt status, and avoid the many law traps that are out there.
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This guide to nonprofit law covers most of the legal aspects of starting and operating a nonprofit organization. It provides guidance on the rules and regulations governing nonprofit organizations, including tax, corporate, and fund-raising applications and implications. Information on reporting revenue, private benefits, personal liability, charitable giving rules, employee compensation, lobbying, and for-profit subsidiaries is also included. Hopkins is a lawyer with a private firm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470397930
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE R. HOPKINS is the country's leading authority ontax-exempt organizations and a senior partner with the law firmPolsinelli Shughart. He is the author of more than twenty-eightbooks, all published by Wiley, including The Law of Tax-ExemptOrganizations, Tenth Edition, and the newsletter Bruce R.Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Part 1 Starting a Nonprofit Organization 1

Chapter 1 What Is a Nonprofit Organization? 3

Chapter 2 Starting a Nonprofit Organization 13

Chapter 3 Debunking Some Myths and Misperceptions 25

Part 2 Being Nonprofit, Legally 33

Chapter 4 Nonprofit Organizations: Much More than Charity 35

Chapter 5 Nonprofits and Private Benefit 51

Chapter 6 From Nonprofit to Tax-Exempt 67

Chapter 7 Charities: Public or Private? 83

Chapter 8 Governance: Board Duties and Liabilities 97

Chapter 9 Braving Annual Reporting 115

Chapter 10 Tax Exemption: Not a Paperwork Exemption 125

Chapter 11 Charitable Giving Rules 135

Chapter 12 Government Regulation of Fundraising 153

Part 3 Tax-Exempt Organizations Can Be Taxable, and So Can Their Managers 173

Chapter 13 Related or Unrelated? 175

Chapter 14 Lobbying Constraints-And Taxes 191

Chapter 15 Political Campaign Activities-And More Taxes 203

Chapter 16 Donor-Advised Funds, Tax-Shelters, Insurance Schemes-And Still More Taxes 211

Part 4 Helpful Hints and Successful Techniques 217

Chapter 17 Subsidiaries: For-Profit and Nonprofit 219

Chapter 18 Joint Venturing and Other Partnering 229

Chapter 19 Wonderful World of Planned Giving 237

Chapter 20 Putting Ideas into Action 245

Part 5 Sidestepping Traps 255

Chapter 21 Watchdogs on the Prowl 257

Chapter 22 Potpourri of Policies and Procedures 271

Chapter 23 Commerciality, Competition, Commensurateness 287

Chapter 24 IRS Audits of Nonprofit Organizations 297

Chapter 25 Avoiding Personal Liability 315

Epilogue 321

Glossary 327

Index 339

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