Nonprofit Questions & Answers
This website has been online since 1998 and since that time we have received and answered thousands of questions on many different topics concerning non profits.
Below is a list of questions we have gathered. We hope this will be helpful.
How much money can a nonprofit have or carry over from year to year?
Charitable Solicitation – State Requirements
Elimination of the Advance Ruling Process
Private Foundations Guide To Grant Making
What is a Grant?
Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Exempt Organizations
How Do I Form A Nonprofit?
IRS Form 990 For Tax Exempt Organizations
Political Campaigns and Charities – What Are The Rules?
Public Charities versus Private Foundations – What is the difference?
Exempt Organization Appeal Procedures
A Non-Profit Requirement – Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Employment Taxes for Exempt Organizations
The Value of Money
Charity Auctions and Charitable Deductions
Unrelated Business Income Tax Return
When are charitable receipts required?
Donor Advised Funds
Oh My, The IRS Is Auditing Our Non Profit!
Non-Profit Exemption Requirements
Nonprofit Employment Taxes Toolkit
Can Nonprofits Opt Out Of State Unemployment Taxes?
IRS Investigates Community Foundations
How do I file a complaint against a non-profit?
Receiving Charitable Deduction For Giving A Conservation Easement
When Are Charitable Contributions Deductable?
How can nonprofits dispose of donated items?
Nonprofit Do’s and Don’ts of Operating a Retail Establishment
How Nonprofits Attract Donors
Nonprofit Capacity Building / Organizational Development
Short Cuts… Everyone Wants One In Fundraising!
Nonprofits Need To Understand Their Donor
Where Is My Receipt?
Nonprofit Donor Loyalty
Giving Back To Your Donors
The Adventures of a Nonprofit Consultant
Homeless Shelters, Street Ministries and Safe Houses Resources
Nonprofit Hand Grenades or Horse Shoes
The Three Little Gifts
Refunding a Donation
We Have Past Due Pledges! Now What?
Pennies From Heaven – True Fundraising Story
Understanding The Giving Potential Of Your Community
Pretending To Care
What Every Board Member Should Know
Steps To Fundraising Success
The Truth About Nonprofits and Multi-Level Marketing Programs
Development Director Faux Pas
Asking for a Contribution the Right Way!
What Does Your Nonprofit Deserve?
Sending A Donation Receipt Via Email
Cause Marketing: Good – Bad – Indifferent
Is “Honoring” Someone Really An Honor?
A Donor Friendly Nonprofit
Director of Appreciation Versus Director of Development
Asking for A Contribution
When a Donor Say’s “No Publicity” What Does This Mean?
Would You Do What You Do, If You Were Not Paid?
Leaving A Legacy
For-Profit World, I Dare You To Take The Nonprofit Challenge
The Ethics Of Hiring A Professional Fundraiser Or Grant Writer
Preparing For A Capital Campaign
Fired Up Fundraising
Hard Issues Facing Nonprofits
Your Nonprofit Guide To Acquiring And Retaining Donors
A Learning Moment For Nonprofits
Understanding Nonprofit Employee Stress
Gates, Buffet and Feeney! Wait, who is Feeney?
Donors Need A REAL Reason To Care
How well do you know your donor?
Volunteers – Do You Love Them or Leave Them!
Are you giving donors the respect they deserve?
Understand Your Donors And Thank Them Properly
Showing Donor Appreciation
The Gift of Self
Understanding the Nonprofit Arena in a Nutshell
Giving Permission To Believe
The Paid Volunteer Oxymoron
Manage By Crisis, Or Not!
Customer Service And Your Nonprofit
How Some Try to Justify a Fundraising Approach
The Donor Merry-Go-Round
The Nonprofit Of The Future – A $100 Challenge
Finding The Right Advice
Giving Circles – Group Philanthropy
Nonprofits Literally Searching For Money
Nonprofit Leadership For The Future
Nonprofit Governance – Are You Accountable?
Nonprofit “Fact Check”
Fatal Flaws Committed By Nonprofits
Starting A Nonprofit
How “BOLD” Are Your Donors?
Understanding The Mind Of Your Donors
Nonprofit Results Oriented Work
How to Treat Your Donors
Better to Give than Receive
Donor Retention and Recognition
Nonprofit Bottom Fishing
The Nonprofit Arena 2010 Outlook
Money or Happiness? The answer might surprise you!
Understanding IRS CP120 Notice
Preserving your Tax-Exempt Status
Processing Your Exemption Application
What does inure or incurment mean?
Exempt Organizations User Fees
How Do You Connect With Your Donor?
Nonprofit Donor Burnout
What is the difference between nonprofit, tax exempt, and charitable?
When is an organization’s tax-exempt status effective?
What is the difference between section 501(c)(3) and section 170?
What activities can jeopardize tax-exempt status?
Can I get a list of donors to an organization?
Can Nonprofits Lobby?
Can Nonprofits Be Involved In Political Campaign Activity?
The Story of Generous Joe
Nonprofit Survival Tips
What is the difference between a public charity and a private foundation?
Why would an organization file Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption, when it is not required to do so?
What can I do to help ensure that my organization does not unexpectedly lose its public charity classification?
When is Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, due?
Do I really have to show my return to anyone who asks?
Who must file an annual information return?
Can returns of tax-exempt organizations be e-filed?
From Prospect to Donor
Can I take a deduction for a charitable contribution I make to any tax-exempt organization?
Are contributions to an organization that has not received an exemption determination letter deductible?
How can I determine if a particular organization is tax-exempt and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions?
How can I obtain a copy of an organization’s annual return or exemption application?
What should I do if a section 501(c) organization will not let me see its Form 990 or 990-T returns or exemption application materials?
How do I report an organization that is violating its tax-exempt status?
Understanding Donors and Their Money
Are you planting seeds or weeds?
Wanting To Be Heard!
Nonprofit Vocation or Occupation?
Service After The Sale
A Unique Fundraising Idea
“Employers” Need To Apply
Frequently Asked Questions About Applying for Tax Exemption
What is the difference between non-profit and tax-exempt status?
How does an organization become tax-exempt?
Do I need a tax-exempt number for my organization?
How do I get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for my organization?
How do I obtain an application for tax-exempt status?
Exempt Organizations User Fees
How long does it take to process an application for exemption?
How can my application for tax-exempt status be expedited?
Is an exemption application subject to public disclosure?
What if purposes or programs change after an application is submitted?
Must an organization whose corporate charter is reinstated after being administratively revoked or suspended by the state submit a new exemption application?
Does a government entity need to apply for exemption?
Where can I get more information about how an organization can apply for exemption from federal income tax?
What are my filing responsibilities once I receive/apply for my tax-exempt status?
Are there any exceptions to the requirement to file Form 990?
Are small tax-exempt organizations required to file an annual return?
What happens if I fail to file an annual return or annual electronic notice?
Will my organization’s exempt status be revoked if I filed a request to extend the due date for filing my annual information return?
Do individual members of a group exemption ruling have to file separate Form 990 returns?
What happens if my Form 990 is filed late?
What happens if my Form 990 is incomplete?
Can penalties for filing Form 990 late be abated?
Where do I file my annual return?
Is personal identifying information provided on an exempt organization return subject to public disclosure?
Annual Form Filing Requirements for Section 527 Organizations
Helping Nonprofits (NGOs) Overseas
Understanding Nonprofits in the United States
Creating A Donor For Life and Beyond!
Top Ten Employment Law Mistakes by Stacia W. Abner
Eight Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions
Selecting The Best Mailing List
Cultural Competence – Political Correctness
How One Donor Spends $50,000 Annually With Planned Gifts Of Over $1 Million
Be Cautious! Don’t Prostitute Your Good Nonprofit Name
Growing your Donor!
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice, or to address specific situations. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor to supplement and verify what you learn here.