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Association Codes of Ethics: Mitigating Legal Risk

Association member codes of ethics provide valuable benefits, not only to associations and their members, but also to professions and industries, government and the general public. However, to successfully establish, operate, and enforce such program… Read More
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Debunking the Top Myths about Nonprofit Lobbying, Political Activity, and Tax-Exempt Status

Many 501(c)(3) and sometimes even 501(c)(6) organizations shy away from lobbying and political activities out of concern for their tax-exempt status. But by failing to employ lobbying and political tactics, nonprofits may be neglecting activities tha… Read More
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Legal Checklist for Establishing and Operating a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization

Formation: “Clear” the proposed organization name for corporate and trademark purposes (to be sure it is available and does not infringe anyone else’s trademark rights). Finalize name; select initial board of directors and officers. Create and… Read More
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Nonprofit CEO Employment Contracts: Key Tips, Strategies, Pitfalls and Best Practices

Hiring a new CEO is one of the most significant undertakings in the life cycle of a nonprofit, with far-reaching consequences for both the organization and the CEO. As such, the employment contract between them is a critical document for both sides.… Read More
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COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Association Meetings

Due to the unforeseen and devastating effects of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, associations are facing incredibly tough decisions right now regarding upcoming and long-scheduled conferences and meetings in the United States and around the… Read More
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Endorsements and Licensing: Minimizing Your Association’s Liability Risk

Associations frequently endorse, sponsor or lend their names to products and services provided by third parties. In addition, associations often “rent” their membership lists to vendors and others for use in promoting beneficial and/or di… Read More
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Association Endorsements: The Current State of the Tax Law

When an association endorses a vendor’s product or service to its members – and is compensated by the vendor for that endorsement – is that compensation taxable to the association? In whole or in part? How can association endorsemen… Read More
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Compensable Time: What Nonprofits Need to Know Regarding Their Non-Exempt Employees

What constitutes “compensable time” for your nonprofit’s non-exempt employees? “Compensable time” is any time the employer suffers or permits an employee to perform the principal activity for which the employee was hired… Read More
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Model Lobbying Tax Compliance Guide for Association Staff

What follows is a model lobbying tax compliance guide for employees of a trade or professional association. It is association employees, more than anyone else, who must have a full understanding of exactly what is and is not considered a lobbying act… Read More
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The Federal Lobbying Tax Law: A Summary and Overview for Associations

In 1993, Congress declared that taxpayers no longer will be allowed to deduct for federal income tax purposes the expenses that taxpayers incur when they engage in lobbying. Tax deductibility also is disallowed by this law for a portion of membership… Read More
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Jeff is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit attorneys, and a highly regarded and frequent author, lecturer, media commentator, and expert witness on nonprofit legal matters. Formerly the longtime chair of one of the country’s largest nonprofit law practices, he is the recipient of numerous distinguished national awards and honors.
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