Tuesday, April 26, 2011



Four Missouri nonprofits are on the latest IRS list of organizations whose IRS tax-exempt status has been revoked. You can find out who they are on the www.irs.gov/charities/ website (plus get to a lot of great information and remarkably user-friendly instructions for nonprofits ). The list is updated monthly and serves as a reminder to every 501(c)3 to keep filing the appropriate 990 tax statement each year to avoid losing your hard-earned status. The IRS has been cracking down lately, part of increased overall expectations of nonprofit accountability by donors and the public.
Attorney Dan Sise from NPML will present a free overview of The 990: Its Versions & Your Nonprofit's Tax-Exempt Status -- with special emphasis on the 990-N return for small nonprofits --on Wednesday, May 4 from 3-4:30 pm here at Schlafly. He will also talk about what to do if your organization misses its filing deadline. Contact me to sign up so we can have enough materials and bring your questions for Dan.

Monday, April 18, 2011

St. Louis Nonprofit Intermediaries ID'd

Gateway Center for Giving has just published a potentially very useful report "Understanding the Intermediary Infrastructure in St. Louis " which identifies 30 organizations currently providing assistance to nonprofits in a variety of ways. To find out who they are and what they do, go to www.centerforgiving.org.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Can you read the Fine Print of Nonprofit Contracts?

A panel of ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel) attorneys will outline the basics of contract law in the nonprofit world on Thursday April 28 here at Schlafly from 3-4:30 pm. These legal experts will discuss what contracts are, what happens when contracting parties disagree, "boilerplate" contracts, and how to improve your contract negotiation strategies. The panel will focus on consulting agreements, and explain how the basic principles apply to other contracts common to nonprofit operations such as purchase orders, software license agreements and office leases. E-mail me with questions or to sign up.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Presenting Legal Basics for Nonprofit Boards and Staff

Dan Sise will discuss basic legal principles and regulatory information affecting tax-exempt nonprofit corporations at a free workshop here at the Schlafly branch library April 6 from 3-4:30 pm. The event will cover topics including legal duties and liabilities of board members, risk management, insurance and protections available for volunteers. Cosponsored by UMSL's Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program but contact the G&FC to register or with questions.