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Starting and managing a nonprofit organization : a legal guide
Hopkins, Bruce R.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [2001]

Physical Description:
xx, 344 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: A legal guide to starting and managing a nonprofit organization. 2nd ed. c1993.

Includes index.
Electronic Access:
Table of Contents
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KF1388 .H66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Whether you're a nonprofit novice or the director of an established organization, this must-have guide to nonprofit law contains all the information you need to succeed, thrive, and protect your nonprofit's tax-exempt status. Written by Bruce Hopkins, one of the country's leading legal authorities in the field, this Third Edition of Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide covers virtually every legal aspect of starting and operating a nonprofit organization, and has been revised and expanded to include updated information on changes in laws, rules, and regulations governing the nonprofit sector. Here you will find:
* Practical guidance on the rules and regulations governing nonprofit organizations, including corporate, tax, and fund-raising law applications and implications
* Up-to-date information on reporting revenue, private benefits, personal liability, charitable giving rules, employee compensation, lobbying, and for-profit subsidiaries
* A hypothetical case study that provides a vivid example of how to organize and qualify a nonprofit organization
* Coverage of the universe of public and private nonprofits, including advocacy, membership, social, recreational, and satellite organizations, as well as employee benefit funds
* Checklists and a glossary of legal terms for fail-safe compliance and step-by-step procedures

Written by a lawyer for non-lawyers, this easy-to-read book is an invaluable resource for nonprofit executives and managers, fund-raising professionals, trustees, consultants, committed volunteers, and anyone involved in the complex, rewarding world of nonprofit organizations.

Author Notes

Bruce R. Hopkins is the country's leading authority on tax-exempt organizations and is a lawyer with the firm Polsinelli, White, Vardeman, and Shalton. He is also the author of thirteen books as well as the newsletter The Nonprofit Counsel

Table of Contents

Part I Starting a Nonprofit Organizationp. 1
1. Why Start a Nonprofit Organization?p. 3
2. Getting Startedp. 10
3. Debunking Some Myths and Misperceptionsp. 27
Part II Being Nonprofit...Legallyp. 35
4. Nonprofit Organizations: Much More Than Charityp. 37
5. Nonprofits and Private Benefitp. 55
6. Tax Exemption: The Art of Applicationp. 72
7. Tax Exemption: Not a Paperwork Exemptionp. 91
8. The Basic Charitable Giving Rulesp. 108
9. Charity Under Siege: The Regulation of Fund-Raisingp. 130
10. Compensating the Nonprofit Employeep. 149
Part III Tax-Exempt Organizations Can Be Taxable...and So Can Their Managersp. 161
11. Be Public, Not Privatep. 163
12. When Possible, Make It Relatedp. 180
13. The Lobbying Constraints--and Taxesp. 200
14. Political Activities--and More Taxesp. 214
Part IV Helpful Hints and Successful Techniquesp. 223
15. For-Profit Subsidiariesp. 225
16. Tax-Exempt Organizations and Partnershipsp. 235
17. The World of Planned Givingp. 245
18. Putting Ideas into Actionp. 256
19. Avoiding Personal Liabilityp. 268
Part V The Future of Nonprofitsp. 281
20. Nonprofits: A Short-Range Lookp. 283
21. Nonprofits: A Long-Range Lookp. 296
Glossaryp. 313
Indexp. 329