Warning: Organizations producing issue-related publicity could be subject to the same political campaign reporting requirements imposed on groups making “electioneering communications,” whether or not they expressly advocate a candidate. A Vermont trial court recently fined Green Mountain Future (GMF), an issue advocacy organization registered with the IRS under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, for violation of Vermont campaign finance laws.
Would you like to help someone who is experiencing financial troubles? Do you know whether your gift would be tax deductible? These questions raise a more fundamental one: How can a well-intentioned individual or 501(c)(3) public charity best aid those with financial needs, while maximizing available tax benefits and otherwise exercising wise financial stewardship? The answer to these questions is for a public charity, such as a church, to develop a benevolence policy to be funded through gifts from individuals and others.
As September approaches, many churches, schools, and social service organizations are looking forward to offering new programs. But court statistics show that liability for personal injury remains a serious – and expensive – problem for nonprofits, particularly those that care for children and other vulnerable persons. Is your nonprofit well prepared to serve its constituents safely?