charity registration

“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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Last Chance! Help Me Out & Get My Book Free

September 4, 2012

My free book offer still stands, but it ends on Saturday, September 15th. If you’re kind enough to take my 3-minute Charity Registration survey, I’ll be pleased to give you a free download of my book, Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance. It costs charities as much as $299. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch […]

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Help Me Out & Get My Book Free

August 13, 2012

I have a Charity Registration survey and I’d be grateful if you take it. If you’re involved in Charity Registration and finish the 3-minute survey, you’ll be given a link to download my book Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance. It costs as much as $299. Please take the survey, and claim your book. It […]

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IRS Filing Prompts Charity Registration Compliance

June 4, 2012

Last week I used Mary J. Blige’s foundation as an example of a noncompliant charity and opened an explanation of why it’s important to register your charity in each state where it solicits donations. Here’s a motivation I didn’t mention last week: IRS Form 990. If you’re required to file Form 990 annually, rather than […]

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