Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide / Edition 6

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Nuts-and-bolts guidance on the laws, rules, and regulations governing the nonprofit sector—from leading nonprofit law expert, Bruce R. Hopkins

Nonprofits must comply with stringent federal and state laws due to their special tax-exempt status; the government's ultimate threat is revocation of a nonprofit's tax-exempt status, which usually means the nonprofit's demise. Written in plain English, not "legalese," Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide, Sixth Edition, provides essential guidance for those interested in starting nonprofits, as well as valuable advice for leaders of established organizations.

  • Revised and expanded to include updated information on changes in laws, rules, and regulations governing the nonprofit sector
  • Covers federal tax law, nonprofit, governance, the annual information return (Form 990), charitable giving rules, and current IRS ruling policy
  • Presents essential, practical legal information in easy-to-understand English
  • Explains the applications and implications of corporate, tax, and fundraising laws for nonprofits

This easy-to-read resource contains essential information on virtually every legal aspect of starting and operating a nonprofit organization from receiving and maintaining tax-exempt status to tips for successful management practices.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781118413456
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Wiley Nonprofit Authority Series, #246
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 266,972
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (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 ix

Acknowledgments xiii


Chapter One: What Is a Nonprofit Organization? 3

Chapter Two: Starting a Nonprofit Organization 13

Chapter Three: Debunking Some Myths and Misperceptions 23


Chapter Four: Nonprofit Organizations: Much More than Charity33

Chapter Five: Nonprofits and Private Benefit 49

Chapter Six: From Nonprofit to Tax-Exempt 65

Chapter Seven: Charities: Public or Private? 79

Chapter Eight: Governance: Board Duties and Liabilities 93

Chapter Nine: Braving Annual Reporting 109

Chapter Ten: Tax Exemption: Not a Paperwork Exemption 119

Chapter Eleven: Charitable Giving Rules 129

Chapter Twelve: Government Regulation of Fundraising 147


Chapter Thirteen: Related or Unrelated? 169

Chapter Fourteen: Lobbying Constraints—And Taxes 185

Chapter Fifteen: Political Campaign Activities—And MoreTaxes 197

Chapter Sixteen: Donor-Advised Funds, Tax Shelters, InsuranceSchemes—And Still More Taxes 205


Chapter Seventeen: Subsidiaries: For-Profit and Nonprofit213

Chapter Eighteen: Joint Venturing and Other Partnering 223

Chapter Nineteen: Wonderful World of Planned Giving 233

Chapter Twenty: Putting Ideas into Action 241


Chapter Twenty-One: Watchdogs on the Prowl 253

Chapter Twenty-Two: Potpourri of Policies and Procedures 267

Chapter Twenty-Three: Commerciality, Competition,Commensurateness 283

Chapter Twenty-Four: IRS Audits of Nonprofit Organizations293

Chapter Twenty-Five: Avoiding Personal Liability 313


Chapter Twenty-Six: Nonprofit Organizations and the Constitution321

Glossary 341

Index 353

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