Public Charity to a Private Foundation

The process of changing anything relating to an organization’s tax exempt status can be very confusing. A public charity can be automatically converted to a private foundation by the IRS if they don’t meet the minimum public support percentage requirement. Public charity status is generally the more desirable status, but there may be a situation …

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IRS Form 1098-C

Whenever a non-profit organization receives a donation of a motor vehicle, boat, and/or airplane that has a value of more than $500, they are required to file a Form 1098-C with the IRS. These forms must be filed on an official printed version that is scan-able by the IRS. You can obtain these forms by …

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Are you baffled by Schedule A?

Schedule A of the Form 990 is required to be completed by all public charities. This schedule shows the IRS how the Organization is a public charity (versus a private foundation) and also proves that the Organization is receiving enough support from the general public, in order to maintain its status as a public charity. …

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The Rules of Raffles

There are a lot of rules to remember when nonprofit organizations hold raffles. Here is a summary of those rules to keep in mind and to help with planning in advance of the raffle. If the raffle prize is valued at $600 or more AND at least 300 times the raffle ticket price, you must …

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Properly Classifying Property Held for Sale

Proper classification of assets on your entity’s statement of financial position (SOFP) and disclosure in the footnotes is important for both accuracy and transparency purposes. The users of your financial statements should know all significant purposes and uses of the assets listed. When you contact a broker to sell any property, you may need to …

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What is the Difference Between Donor-Advised Funds and Restricted Donations?

Donors advising on the use of their donation sounds relatively the same as donors restricting the use of their donation, doesn’t it? These are actually very different concepts. Donor advised funds are separately identified accounts that are maintained by a public charity. After the donor makes an unrestricted donation to the donor advised fund/account, the …

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10 Things to Know When You Have a PAC (Political Organization)

Here are ten important things to know when you have a political organization (PAC): (1) The IRS requires that a PAC have its own taxpayer ID # which can easily be obtained at the IRS website by completing form SS-4. (2) When a political organization is first formed, it must give notice electronically to the IRS that …

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Allocating Expenses – Make the Process Easier

Expenses are reported in two different ways on the 990 return: by their natural classification (salaries, depreciation, travel, etc.) and by their functional classification (program, administrative, fundraising).  Correct functional allocation of expenses is important because some donors may scrutinize the percentage of program costs vs. administrative and fundraising costs while making a decision to donate …

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The Importance of A Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of Interest policies for board members are a much needed piece for any not-for-profit organization.  A conflict of interest policy will help board members recognize when their activities are related party transactions and should have different treatment.  These treatments include processes for decision making and disclosures to the financial statements.  When a board member …

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Best Practices for Not-for-Profit Organizations

“Best practices” can be a buzz phrase you hear a lot, especially when it comes to governance of a not-for-profit organization.  With the overload of information available to organizations, it’s easy to see why some view the task of incorporating best practices into their own activities as a bit daunting. The following are some “basics” …

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