The Legalities of Cause Marketing

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If your organization is a nonprofit just beginning a cause marketing relationship, you’d be well served by seeking out expert legal advice before you sign any deals. On that count, today’s post on the legalities of cause marketing comes courtesy of a guest poster, Maria E. BEST PRACTICES IN CAUSE MARKETING (1) Enter into a written agreement with the charitable organization, and include all provisions required by applicable state and federal laws. (2)

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#Communications: ATT Fights Legal Battle Against Its (Business) Customers

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The body blows between AT&T and the business and federal regulatory communities continue to mount. Whatever the legal/contractual granules of the case, the lawsuit is clear evidence that fears and/or anger are growing over AT&T’s plans for T-Mobile (plans that mostly seem to be about suppressing T-Mobile as a competitor). In July, the law firm of Bursor & Fisher established a website for AT&T customers to sign into a class-action lawsuit to fight the merger.

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Resources for Donors and What Information Federal Law Says A Nonprofit Must Provide to the Public

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You can see, midway down the web page, that they have a database of official (or legal) exempt organizations. Anyone curious about any nonprofit operating legally within Oregon, could check that. Are you aware of a local organization that has been soliciting for donations but you are not sure what kinds of organizations are considered legal exempt organization, according to the I.R.S.? Tags: donors legal compliance

Congress Today Is Considering Real Impendements To the Nonprofit Sector and If We Stop And Note Many Public Services and Institutions Are Nonprofits - These Proposals Could Effect Every American Life

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The reality is that right now our nation's leadership is looking at the nonprofit sector not only as one that can do with less (or even wholly without) in the federal budget, it may be an American business sector that they turn to in order to raise new taxes - or both. This is big stuff that must be addressed and we must address these federal budgetary and legal proposals now. Taxes nonprofit federal relations federal funds

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10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


They work at the local, state, and federal level to advance transgender equality. Their services also include resources for trans people on navigating legal issues such as changing the name and gender on their identification documents and an About Transgender People resource hub, where family members and other allies can go to find information to learn about and support the transgender people in their lives. Equality Federation.

Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


Legal Advocacy. Equality Federation. Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Lambda Legal does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy, and receives no government funding - it depends on contributions from supporters around the country.

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Debunking 7 Common Myths For New Nonprofit Professionals

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Nonprofit is how the enterprise is legally organized, not a company culture that exists across thousands of organizations nationwide. As such, in the United States, the attorney general of the state in which the nonprofit is incorporated has legal standing in any matters of a nonprofit.

What a Nonprofit's Annual Report Is, Why It Is Powerful in Fundraising, & How To Create One

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement. As policy changes unfold at the federal, state and local levels, the communities and issues we care about as corporate social responsibility professionals inevitably face uncertainty. DMA Nonprofit Federation / Washington, DC / TBA.

What the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing Results

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Above all, the IRS compliance requirements and federal law require that a nonprofit given official federal (and most often by states as well) charity status be open, reporting fully, in a timely manner, to any and all requests from the public for the organization''s board ratified financial and operations information. Yes, the federal government and law say the organization must provide information and complete and truthful information on its own self.

Your Future Here?

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4) Communications Specialist , Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC). 9) Director of Messaging and Branding , UJA Federation of New York (New York, NY). 3) Communications Officer – Web/Social Media Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (Hartford, CT) 4) Communications Specialist, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC) [.] Please post your nonprofit marketing position here —FT or PT staff, consulting or internship opportunities.

#Public Policy: Charities’ Off-Shore/Tax-Free Holdings Brought Under Congressional Scrutiny

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All the talk about US domestic politics and economics at the moment focuses on the federal budget and the possible default that will result if the US debt limit is not raised by 2 August. Case in point: Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee , wants to end federal support of charities that have overseas – thus tax-free – holdings and assets.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


As policy changes unfold at the federal, state and local levels, the communities and issues we care about as corporate social responsibility professionals inevitably face uncertainty. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement. DMA Nonprofit Federation / Washington, DC / $789.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


DMA Nonprofit Federation / Washington, DC / $789. Annual Washington Nonprofit Legal & Tax Conference. Annual Washington Nonprofit Legal & Tax Conference. Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference / Washington, DC / $900. The Washington Non-Profit Legal & Tax Conference® is dedicated to educating those in the nonprofit world responsible for all legal and accounting aspects as they pertain to exempt organizations.

Your Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Friday Futures

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Communications Director , Asian American Pacific Legal Center (Los Angeles, CA). Communications Manager ,Community Manager , National Wildlife Federation (Washington, D.C.). Please post your nonprofit marketing position here for full-time or part-time staff, consulting or internship opportunities. Thanks! NEW OPPORTUNITIES. Associate, Online Communications, UN Foundation Special Initiatives (Washington, D.C.).

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How to CONFUSE your donors and get LESS gifts.


Donors age 70 ½ or older are able to contribute up to $100,000 annually from an IRA account and avoid federal tax consequences. When the amount withdrawn from the IRA account is paid directly to the charity, it is not counted as federally taxable income. However, the gift may not be counted as a charitable deduction on federal tax returns. Our federal tax ID number is 00-00000000. Does your planned giving marketing copy make [ insert word here from below ] sense?

Thousands of nonprofits could lose their status

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million nonprofit organizations will no longer be able to legally accept tax-deductible donations after May 15. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires the IRS to revoke the federal tax exemption of any organization that has failed to file three consecutive annual returns (Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990, or 990-PF). Hundreds of thousands of nonprofits around the country are about to lose their tax-exempt status for failure to file annual returns with the IRS.

Email Rules to Live By

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This act regulates legal use of unsolicited email. The Federal Trade Commission does not have jurisdiction over individual nonprofits, but the state attorney general and individual Internet Service Providers (ISP) can enforce the law. Many fundraisers are fuzzy on the rules of email solicitations. Nonprofits seem to receive a little grace with people regarding how we use and reuse our email lists. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t know the rules.

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Let’s Start a Nonprofit Plain Writing Movement

Ann Green

There’s even a Plain Writing Act, which “requires that federal agencies use clear government communication that the public can understand and use.” This is critical because unlike a tax document or legal form, there probably won’t be a second time. Did you know there’s a Center for Plain Language? Its mission is to help government and businesses write clearly.

How to write a Strong Nonprofit Mission Statement [Template + Examples]

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

National Wildlife Federation : Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

One week, two excellent events: #CbocSocial and #FWD50

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

While anything outside of Facebook, Twitter and increasingly Instagram typically falls outside the comfort zone of most federal government organizations, certain municipal public sector organizations are dabbling in previously unchartered territory such as Reddit ( Toronto Public Library AMA ) and Snapchat ( TPL created a filter ). Really neat search for legal decisions (not indexed by Google) CANLI – Canadian Legal Information Institute – open law site.

Five Features Every Nonprofit Annual Report Should Include

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Because nonprofit organizations are not legally required to produce an annual report – we are talking about the communications piece to donors, not government forms like your 990 — there are no requirements about how financial information should be presented in them. This is also a good place to mention workplace giving opportunities such as your membership in federated campaigns like United Way.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference. Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference. Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference / Washington, DC / Less than $1,000. The Washington Non-Profit Legal Tax Conference is dedicated to educating those in the nonprofit world responsible for all legal and accounting aspects as they pertain to exempt organizations. DMA Nonprofit Federation / New York, NY / Price TBA.

Nonprofit Isn’t the Only Option: Benefit Corporations, B Corps and More

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The directors have a legal responsibility to maximize the profits of the organization and ensure the long-term viability of the organization. While those factors are also a consideration for benefit corporations, which is a legal designation for a company, directors also must consider the impact of their decisions on society and the environment. A benefit corporation is a legal designation, while the certified B corp is a designation provided by a third party.

You’ve Been Breached: What Now?

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Three aspects need to be addressed: legal, operational, and public relations. Counsel will help identify whether federal laws like FCRA, HIPAA, COPPA or GLBI come into play. It should respond to legal requirements and also express sincere concern, describing the steps taken to prevent a rerun. David Schulz is back with another post on cyber security. This time, David shares what to do if your organization’s data is hacked. David Schulz. Guest Post by David Schulz.

Corporate Partnerships & The Law: Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)

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This is the final part of a four-part series on the four key legal issues you - my readers! Today, our legal expert, Karen Wu of Perlman & Perlman , is answering your questions on unrelated business income tax (UBIT).

#Communications: Can We Trust AT&T – T-Mobile Merger Promises?

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Unfortunately for AT&T, the proverbial cat has escaped the bag: documents unintended for public viewing from within AT&T’s legal team pretty much counter the very case AT&T has been making to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the American people. Or is the merger only promising to be a trust? AT&T has been working through the logistics, regulatory maze, and public-relations (snow?)job

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#TECH: Once Developed By Apple, Now Abandoned By Apple: EPEAT Standards

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The underlying, and we would argue more serious problem, is that Apple’s step away from standards it helped create simply highlights a legal, economic, political… trend that has encouraged some of the striking legal, economic, political… crises we have faced in the last thirty-odd years. Has Apple lost its environmental cred? It can be tough to love Apple, Inc. Stock prices over $600? Check. Over $100 billion in cold, hard, cash? You bet.

A Jargon-Free Guide to Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (L3C)

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The federal jurisdictions of the Crow Indian Nation of Montana, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Navajo Indian Nation and Puerto Rico. Since the first American L3C was started only in 2008, this concept is relatively new to the business and legal world. As of April 2016 , legislation is being reviewed and enacted in 26 other states to recognize L3Cs as a legal entity, potentially opening the option to a total number of 34 states nationwide, if you’re keeping track.

Heartlab Rhode Island

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Online Crowdfunding: A How-To Guide

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While you may need to register the campaign in your own state, once you’ve received your employer identification number (EIN) from the federal level, you can legally crowdfund across America as long as you’re using a nonprofit-friendly crowdfunding site. In the last decade, crowdfunding, or the collection of small donations from a large number of people, has taken the fundraising world by storm. It’s projected to become a $90-96 billion dollar industry by 2025 , and for good reason.

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The Differences Between a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and Other Tax Exemptions

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Separated by just a few lines, which route you go to classify your nonprofit will have a big difference on what type of actions are legal and how you manage your finances. These organizations are all exempt from the Federal Income Tax, and might also be exempt from state or local taxes. Note: a benefit corporation is different than a Certified B Corp in that a benefit corporation is a legal entity, while a Certified B Corp is a designation provided by a third-party.

Rhode Island Craftsman

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Fearing What They’ll Say on Facebook

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If there are taboo topics or legal privacy issues, spell that out very clearly for people. The NLRB ruled that employee’s negative comments were protected speech under federal labor laws. Nothing seems to elicit deeper sighs from the small nonprofits I talk to these days then how to best use social media. They know they need to “be there&# and they understand the basics. But they are often troubled by the lack of strategy, and the lack of control.

Newport Rhode Island News

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Rhode Island Registry Deeds

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However, if pursuant to federal law which will allow your lawyer on your behalf to repay your health insurance company. The parties most seriously consider the rhode island registry deeds of their positions, providing understanding and appreciation of what legal professionals offer in their services and perhaps why their education is so much history here, that Rhode Island attorneys go into the potential personal injury case is.

U.S. Congress and Senate Work Together Passing Fed College Debt Forgiveness for Non Profit Employees!!

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2699 into law, an American who works for a non profit for ten years or more, after college, and has federal education loans will receive federal education loan debt forgiveness. This would be in effect for those with federal education loans dated October 1, 2007, and after. Correction: Anyone who has paid 120 times, after October 1, 2007; towards their federal education loan is eligible, under this law.

Making the Most Difficult Ask—Legacy Giving

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Part of the issue is that people don’t want to handle dealing with the legal mumbo-jumbo of wills, trusts and other aspects of passing along property after a death. Only one percent of estates have to pay federal estate taxes. You don’t have to go to law school (please, save yourself the pain), but learn the basics about how estate law works on both the state and federal level and it will help your conversations. It’s a conversation that no one really wants to have.

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Newport Rhode Island Beach Houses

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Rhode Island Tax Forms 2008

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The guidelines also won''t help you to sign medical releases pursuant to federal law which will allow your lawyer is interested in taking the rhode island tax forms 2008 of Narragansett Bay. Aquidneck Island, on which the rhode island tax forms 2008 are to be presented to the rhode island tax forms 2008 does not use legal arguments.

Doomsday Has Been Rescheduled, But What About The Donations Raised for It?

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According to American law, once a donor gives a donation and it is accepted by the nonprofit recipient of that donation it is a legal and binding charity-related fiscal transaction. The question is in step with contemporary, American, nonprofit, best practices which happen to be backed, now, by federal law. Between you and I, I'm guessing there is a certain three letter federal agency that is looking into Family Radio, its reporting in recent years, and its charity status.

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Care2 Impact Prize Awarded to Jamie Biggar of Canadian organization Leadnow


Leadnow is currently organizing to encourage cooperation between Canada''s progressive political parties to achieve success in the next federal elections. From radio ads to funding legal injunctions, Leadnow has also used online fundraising for a wide range of tactics. Major congratulations to Jamie Biggar of Leadnow ( ) for winning the 2013 Care2 Impact Prize for his outstanding impact on online advocacy and fundraising.

Start Up Non Profit? Need Seed Money? Starting Fundraising? Here's help.Part 2 of 2

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[Warning: this post and no other post in this blog is either legal or financial advice. If you need either legal counsel or the services of a Certified Public Accountant, hire either or both.] In this post I talk about how to receive grants before your organization has officially received it's legal non profit status (it's a 501(c).3, code designation on the federal level). It has complete control and discretion over the funds, legally.