Articles Tagged with Nonprofits

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Whether you donate money or in-kind to a charity or nonprofit directly (through their website, in cash, or by check), through “fraudsters” (the FTC  word), or through donation clearinghouses like Willamette Week’s Give Guide or the Oregonian’s Season of Sharing ….

Make Sure Your Donation is Doing What You Want it to Do – and learn a little about the nonprofit and fundraising world while you’re at it:

The Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Activities website is a good place to begin your research. Find these topics and more:

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We have updated our Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide.

We have expanded its reach beyond the Portland-metro area so new resources have been added – and you are welcome to suggest additions.

Link to the PDF or link to it from our What’s New webpage.

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Running a nonprofit is serious business requiring serious business and nonprofit management skills.

Colleges and universities offer classes on nonprofit management, e.g. the Institute for Nonprofit Management at PSU, and so does the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

This one on Nonprofit Financial Fundamentals is coming up in January 2013 at a Beaverton location.

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Excerpt from CMLP homepage announcement:We are pleased to announce the publication of our Guide to the Internal Revenue Service Decision-Making Process under Section 501(c)(3) for Journalism and Publishing Non-Profit Organizations.

With the journalism industry in a state of flux, there are a growing number of news ventures that have elected to operate as non-profit organizations. Many of these ventures depend upon receiving a federal tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. However, confusion about the IRS’s standards in applying Section 501(c)(3) has led to applications for tax-exempt status being delayed or denied. It has also led to criticism of the IRS as being arbitrary in its decision-making process and adverse to the journalism industry….” [Link to CMLP homepage announcement and linked page]

Citizen Media Law Project homepage and blog.

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Deadline, Nov. 30, 2011.

Who qualifies?: Through the University of Oregon Law School clinic, nonprofits (budget size $50k to $1m) in Eugene, Springfield and surrounding rural areas (within 1.5 hours from Eugene) can apply.
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Volunteering = Networking
One way to find a job is to volunteer with an organization that does the sort of work you might like to do yourself one day.
If you’re not sure what you love to do, try out different volunteer gigs:
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Law librarians get all sorts of questions about nonprofit organizations. We get questions from nonprofit board members, donors, lawyers hired by nonprofits, and from people who want to set up nonprofits.
The biggest mistake people often make is assuming that creating and running a nonprofit is easy – or should be.  It’s not and, arguably, it shouldn’t be.  Nonprofits “redistribute the wealth” the same way any business or family head of household does and should be held to the same standards.
1) The best place to begin your nonprofit research is the Nonprofit Association of Oregon  (NAO) (formerly known as TACS) and their the excellent Oregon nonprofit corporation handbook, which is the place to begin for any and all Oregon nonprofit questions.  (Most Oregon public libraries have the handbook.)
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More than 3,700 Oregon nonprofits have lost their tax-exempt status due to a Failure to File.
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (formerly known as TACS) has posted the news.
DATABASE: You can search the IRS database, titled: Automatic Revocation of Exemption List (use those keywords in your search engine if this link stops working) or link to it from the main IRS website for Charities and Nonprofits.
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Many of you already know about the TACS (hurrah!) Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook.

But you may not know that their Chapter 13 (NOT this Chapter 13 – but Chapter 13 of the TACS Handbook) reprint might just be what the lawyer ordered (or would have if s/he knew what you were up to, or not up to, or took a look at your nonprofit’s bylaws) for nonprofit boards.

I posted last about nonprofits, here.