Webinar on Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3)s

On September 20, 2017, I led a free flash class with Donor Search on the basics of lobbying, advocacy, and political activities for 501(c)(3) organizations. Many nonprofits shy away from engaging in advocacy or lobbying activities, often due to confusion regarding the permissibility of such activities.  But advocacy and lobbying can be powerful tools for […]

Advocacy Workshop for CA Central Valley Nonprofits – July 26, 2017

Bolder Advocacy, an Initiative of Alliance for Justice, is hosting a workshop on Wednesday, July 26th for nonprofits in California’s Central Valley.  The interactive workshop is intended for staff and board members of 501(c)(3) public charities and cover the applicable legal rules on such organizations engaging in advocacy.  The workshop will specifically cover the following […]

SF Mayor’s Office and NCCLF Announce Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

Stabilizing nonprofits in a changing real estate market The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps San Francisco’s nonprofits secure new, nonprofit-owned space and creates solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. The initiative includes two new programs — the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund and the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program. The programs provide technical and financial assistance to support nonprofit sustainability amidst a […]

When Should a 501(c)(3) Consider Creating an Affiliated 501(c)(4)?

501(c)(3) organizations have numerous tools at their disposal for achieving their charitable purposes, and also have the distinct advantage of being able to receive contributions that are generally tax-deductible for donors.  However, in exchange for tax-exemption and the ability to receive deductible charitable contributions, the law places some limitations on the permissible advocacy-related activities of […]

Gene Takagi Awarded 2016 Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award from ABA

The American Bar Association Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section has announced the 2016 Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award recipients.  NEO Law Group is very proud to share that Gene was awarded the Outstanding Lawyer Award for distinguished service as outside counsel to nonprofit organizations.  In announcing the award, the ABA stated: After several decades […]

501(c)(3) Electioneering Rules: Voter Guides & Candidate Questionnaires

    In this next post in our series on election-related activities and 501(c)(3) organizations, we are taking a closer look at nonpartisan voter guides and candidate questionnaires.  Despite the fact that such guides and questionnaires are election-related, 501(c)(3) organizations can prepare and distribute them without fear of jeopardizing their exempt status (if done properly!). A […]

501(c)(3) Electioneering Rules: Candidate Appearances & Debates

  While 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from intervening in elections, they are permitted to engage in certain nonpartisan election-related activities if they structure such activities appropriately, which we’ll address in this next post in the series.  This includes sponsoring candidate debates and forums and inviting candidates to speak at organizational events.  However, 501(c)(3) organizations must […]

501(c)(3) Electioneering Rules: Employee Endorsements & Election Activities

  As we’ve previously written in the first post of this series, 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from engaging in or sponsoring activities that intervene in a political campaign for public office.  However, this does not mean that all individuals associated with such organizations, including employees, volunteers, officers, and directors, are similarly prohibited from engaging in […]

The Electioneering Prohibition: A Closer Look

With the election year in full swing, many nonprofits have questions regarding the scope of permissible election-related and lobbying or advocacy activities organizations recognized as exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) can engage in.  This post will be the first in a series discussing these issues. *** As most 501(c)(3) organizations are well aware, […]