Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit

Many well-intended individuals who want to work on addressing public, social, and environmental needs think about starting a charitable nonprofit. Founding and leading a nonprofit may be viewed as a badge of significance and honor. But before moving forward, founders of a charitable venture should first consider the alternatives. Similarly, lawyers and bar associations asked […]

Two Lawline CLE Programs for Attorneys Helping California Nonprofits

We are presenting two Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for Lawline on Friday, January 13, 2016 that we hope California attorneys will find helpful in their representation of nonprofits:  Forming a California Nonprofit (Erin) This program will discuss the process of forming a California nonprofit entity, going through the legal considerations involved in each step in […]

MyLawCLE: Forming a Nonprofit & Applying for Exemption

Erin is presenting Nonprofit 101: Forming a Nonprofit & Applying for Tax Exemption Under IRS Code Section 501 (c)(3) for MyLawCLE in Miami on August 20, 2015. You can attend the live broadcast or on-demand. Here’s the description from MyLawCLE: In this Level 101 session, we’ll be discussing the basic legal considerations applicable to nonprofits. We’ll […]

The Avengers, a Nonprofit Corporation

  In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America made reference to bylaws in stating that there were no restrictions against relationships between members. This of course proves that The Avengers are not only a superhero team that saves the world on a regular basis but also a nonprofit corporation. Here is the way the startup process must have […]

Starting a Related Nonprofit: 7 Initial Considerations

If your for-profit company is interested in starting a related nonprofit, here are 7 initial considerations to take into account before moving forward: 1. Are you properly intentioned? A nonprofit exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code must have a charitable, educational, or other 501(c)(3)-consistent purpose and must not be operated for the benefit of […]

Applying for Tax Exemption: Expedited Processing Still Available!

  With the publication of Revenue Procedure 2014-4 on January 2, 2014, the IRS announced that determination letter requests (which includes requests included with Forms 1023 or 1024) are not eligible for expedited handling. UPDATE (2/19/14): It turns out that Rev. Proc. 2014-4 was not accurate on this point. The IRS has formally corrected this error […]

Legal Issues Facing Nonprofit Start-up Organizations – Foundation Center, San Mateo

  Our Senior Counsel Erin Bradrick will be speaking on Legal Issues Facing Nonprofit Start-up Organizations today from 4 – 5 p.m. at the San Mateo Public Library. Register here. Topics will include: Considerations before starting a nonprofit Incorporating with the state Applyiing for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status Typical legal issues facing young nonprofits "Setting up and […]