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Surviving an IRS 501(c)(3) Audit – Five Rules

In our last post, we took a look at five of the most common sources that could spark an IRS examination or audit of your 501(c)(3) organization (or other nonprofit).  In this article, we’re going to equip you with five…

IRS 501(c)(3) Audits – 5 Potential Sources

There is one phrase in the English language that generates more fear and trepidation than any other out there:  IRS AUDIT.  Just hearing the words is enough to cause many a fearless person to break out in a cold sweat…

Thrift Store Redux – It’s Back!

In case you missed our blog about this story earlier in the year, the nanny-state strikes again.  Back in January, we told you about a new consumer “protection” law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, that was going into effect…

Bad Seeds – Why the ACORN Scandal Matters to Other Nonprofits

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, aka ACORN, was, until the past year, a relatively unknown organization to most Americans.  Founded in 1970 and based in New Orleans, Louisiana, ACORN’s most visible face is that of a 501(c)(3)…

The Challenges of Expanding Your Nonprofit

One of the most challenging situations your nonprofit organization can face is the need to expand.  It is also an exciting challenge.  Compared with the alternative of diminishing effectiveness and shrinking support, growth is a good thing.  At least it…

How Much Is Too Much? The Limits of Benevolence

The idea for this article came from my good friend, Belinda from Madison, Alabama.  A few weeks ago, she wrote us an email asking the following: “Due to the economic downturn and, with the increasing requests for benevolence assistance, are…

Answers to Reader Questions (July ’09)

At the end of every newsletter, we put out the call for “topic requests”.  We have used quite a few reader questions or topic suggestions for article topics. Some questions or topics do not require a whole article to answer or discuss. …

Charitable Solicitations – Time to Get Compliant!

Charitable Solicitations Registration. “Never heard of it,” you say.  Well, you are not alone.  As astounding as it may seem, estimates of noncompliance range from 85-95% of charities and nonprofits nationwide.  This level of noncompliance has persisted primarily because of…

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