Charity Registration

New Client: Charity Navigator

October 13, 2014

The #1 charity watchdog is my newest client. So good to be working with you!

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Nonprofit Radio for July 11, 2014: Online And At Risk? & Your Board’s Role In Executive Hiring

July 9, 2014

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You Gotta Be Registered In States Where You Solicit

June 16, 2014

  Mass AG sues Rhode Island vets charity My ebook “Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance”

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“Demystifying Charity Registration” at The Foundation Center

March 3, 2014

  On Tuesday, March 11, I’ll deliver Demystifying State Charity Registration Laws at The Foundation Center in New York City. We’ll go from 10am to noon. Here’s registration info. It’s free! These are the requirements in 49 states and DC, that you be registered with state authorities in each state where you solicit donations. If you have a “Donate Now” button on your […]

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Charity Registration Roundup

February 3, 2014

Charity Registration—the requirements that charities register with state authorities in each state where they conduct solicitations for donations—doesn’t change much, so I’ve been holding a bunch of news for a roundup. Each state has its own fee structure, timing, definition of “solicitation,” exemptions and sheath of forms (there’s some uniformity here, but also lots of […]

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Create the Impossible

August 12, 2013

Last week I read this NPR science blog by Robert Krulwich about your mind’s capacity to imagine the impossible. It’s based on triangles that can be drawn easily enough, but cannot exist in physical space. Yet we see them as plausible. Quoting Krulwich: “Our brains, it turns out, are not prisoners of the world we […]

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Nonprofit Boot Camp Interview

July 29, 2013

In May I was a guest on Nonprofit Boot Camp with host Jamie Bristow-Lavoie. She and her team at put together a collection of interviews as the Boot Camp and I’m included. There’s also Bob Penna who’s been a guest on Nonprofit Radio. Jamie and I talked about the importance and timeliness of Planned […]

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Calendar Year Tax Year? Your 990 Is Due

May 13, 2013

If your charity’s tax year is the calendar year, your IRS form 990 is due by May 15. Not sure if you have to file? Here’s help. The form 990 filing deadline is four-and-a-half months after the close of your fiscal year. If your fiscal year ended on December 31, 2012, then your 990 is […]

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IRS Continues Inquiry On Charity Registration Compliance

April 8, 2013

The IRS form 990 for 2012 has been released, and it continues to inquire about your office’s compliance with Charity Registration laws in the states where you solicit donations. There have been significant changes to the form and its shorter sibling the 990-EZ. But the Charity Registration inquiries remain. Part VI, question 17 asks you […]

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Charity Registration Matters

November 19, 2012

Complying with state laws that mandate registration before your charity solicits in a state is good business for a number of reasons. First, failure to comply can embarrass you. New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s “Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund” is a generous, well-intentioned endeavor. The website says it’s a “charitable non-profit organization” but the […]

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