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