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The Nonprofit Organizations Committee is pleased to announce our upcoming presentation of "Gift Acceptance Policies: Why, When, What, How, and Who" by Barbara Rhomberg. Read more
This presentation will cover some basics regarding trademark process and procedure, along with specific issues non-profits regularly face such as issues of descriptiveness and licensing. Read more
With the growth of the cannabis industry, many charities are being approached to accept cash and in-kind donations from cannabis businesses. This one-hour zoom presentation will discuss whether charities risk their tax exemption if they accept such gifts. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a Zoom presentation on how nonprofit can provide disaster relief to individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will cover disaster relief grants, including to for-profit businesses; proper handling of direct disaster relief to individuals; and design of compliant employer-sponsored charitable disaster relief funds. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “California Franchise Tax Board Update For Nonprofit Organizations.” Our presenter is Audrey Rowe, Exempt Organizations Unit, Franchise Tax Board Business Entities Section. The meeting will be held jointly with the Tax Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “New Form 1023: Preparation and Technical Matters.” Our presenter is Louis Michelson. As of January 31, 2020 the IRS requires that Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 201(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be completed and submitted through Pay.gov, although there is a 90 grace period during which the IRS will accept paper versions of Form 1023. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Gambling and nonprofit fundraising in California.” Our presenter is Jarhett Blonien. Nonprofits often use bingo, raffles, poker nights, and other gaming in fundraising, and employ sweepstakes and contests to generate interest in their programs. This program will provide an overview of the gambling laws in California as they apply to nonprofit organizations. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Donor-Advised Funds After Notice 2017-73.” Our presenter is Reynolds Cafferata of Rodrigues, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP. In late 2017, the IRS published Notice 2017-73 on donor-advised funds (DAFs). The notice provided interim guidance on use of DAFs to satisfy donor pledges, and sought comments on a number of DAF issues that are expected to be addressed when regulatory guidance is eventually published for Sections 4966 and 4967 of the Internal Revenue Code. The program will discuss both the content of Notice 2017-73 and how charities that sponsor DAFs are responding to it. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “California Campaign Finance Rules for Multipurpose Organizations.” Our presenter is Emily A. Andrews of Olson, Hagel & Fishburn. Under the California Political Reform Act, a “multipurpose organization” is a nonprofit organization that operates for purposes other than supporting or opposing California state or local ballot measures or candidates. Multipurpose organizations are required to register and report as “political committees” if they raise or spend money beyond certain safe harbor thresholds for either ballot measure advocacy, or to support or oppose candidates. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Update on Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Organizations.” Our presenter is Zenaida Espanola, Acting Chief Appraiser at the Los Angeles County Assessor. The meeting will held jointly with the Tax Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section. Read more

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