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Staying Legal

Staying LegalRunning a nonprofit is not just choosing a mission and doing the work. There are forms to file, red tape to cut through and checklists of things you need to attend to. Our staying legal page provides resources and the latest information about maintaining compliance with legal requirements and IRS regulations.

Pros and Cons of Using Form 1023-EZ for Starting a Nonprofit

Source: Foundation Group
In 2014, the IRS released the 1023-EZ, giving small nonprofits a streamlined - and less expensive - way of applying for tax-exempt status. There has been much criticism of the form and some indicators that less-than-authentic organizations have used it to gain tax-exempt status. This article looks at the good and the bad of this option.
Posted on: December 10, 2019
Topics: Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

Cause Marketing Compliance

"Cause marketing" can be a win-win for both parties—nonprofit and for-profit—but only if each sides does due dilligence to ensure that any and all legal requirements are met.
Posted on: February 26, 2018
Topics: Entrepreneurship | Fundraising | Legal | Marketing | Risk Management

Charitable Solicitation Registration - Navigating the Complexities

Harbor Compliance and Charity Navigator have released Charitable Solicitation Registration: Navigating the Complexities, a guide to help nonprofits of all sizes meet state and federal regulations governing fundraising.
Posted on: November 13, 2017
Topics: Fundraising | Legal

50-State Charitable Solicitation Compliance Guide

Source: National Council of Nonprofits and Harbor Compliance
The National Council of Nonprofits and Harbor Compliance partnered to publish Charitable Solicitation Compliance, a free white paper that explains the why, when, and how of fundraising registration for all 50 states.
Posted on: June 8, 2017
Topics: Fundraising | Legal

New Hampshire Fundraising Registration Guide

Source: Harbor Compliance
Harbor Compliance's "New Hampshire Fundraising Registration" guide includes everything you need to legally raise funds in the state.
Posted on: June 8, 2017
Topics: Fundraising | Legal

Alliance for Justice Tips on "How 501(c)(3)s Can Respond During an Election Year"

Source: Bolder Advocacy
As the 2016 races heat up, nonprofits may feel the urge to comment on the issues discussed by candidates. However, the rules surrounding 501(c)(3) advocacy are murky and the consequences can be severe. Luckily, the Alliance for Justice's Bolder Advocacy initiative recently released a "Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns" guide that covers the dos and don'ts of issue advocacy and education.
Posted on: July 14, 2015
Topics: Communications for Advocacy | IRS | Legal

How to Approach a Proposed Merger of Nonprofits

Source: NH Business Review
Don Crandlemire, shareholder at the law firm Shaheen & Gordon, writes for NH Business Review on the difficulty of nonprofit mergers and some specifics to the merger process in NH.
Posted on: November 14, 2014
Topics: Collaboration | Leadership | Legal

NH Department of Labor

The NH Department of Labor website provides information and resources employment issues in NH. The site hosts important information for both employers and employees. Be sure to visit their FAQ pages for answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as: They also maintain a list of mandatory workplace posters, available for download as PDFs. View the list of downloadable mandatory workplace posters. Visit the NH Department of Labor website.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources | Legal

A Checklist of Filing Requirements

A list of initial and ongoing filing requirements for nonprofits in NH.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

NH Department of Justice- Division of Charitable Trusts

The Division of Charitable Trusts is responsible for the supervision, administration, and enforcement of charitable trusts, charitable solicitations, and charitable sales promotions in New Hampshire. Their website includes information about laws and regulations affecting NH nonprofits, how to register as a NH nonprofit, and other information important for NH nonprofits. Visit the Charitable Trusts Unit website.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

I Survived an IRS Audit

Blue Avocado shares the story of Karl Dickson, treasurer of a small environmental organization in Milwaukee, and how he survived his first IRS audit. Read the story on Blue Avocado.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

Employment Law Hotline

Legal issues around employment are often complex. The Employment Law Hotline is available to members through a partnership between the Center and McLane Middleton. During normal business hours, members can speak with qualified attorneys about their employment-related questions.
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Posted on: January 26, 2013
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