G&G Legal FAQs
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- Political vs. Legislative Activities for Tax-Exempt Organizations
A trillion-dollar infrastructure bill may improve our nation’s highways, but saving lives is not as easily bought.
- Preventing Liability During Terminations
As a Nonprofit Director, you’re responsible for approving the hiring and firing of employees at the organization. Unfortunately, the process of firing employees doesn’t always go smoothly.
- Preventing Employment Discrimination
Ask your insurance carrier who is most likely to sue a nonprofit, or business for that matter, and their answer may surprise you.
- Legal Responsibility Concerning Child Abuse
You’re a board member of a nonprofit that works with kids. An employee you know personally tells you she suspects that one of the children in their care is being abused or neglected at home.
- Nonprofit Directors’ Legal Duties and Responsibilities (Part 1)
You’ve been asked by a close friend to join her nonprofit board.
You have high respect for your friend. You believe in her mission and are inclined to say “Yes”.
But what should you know before you accept?
- Nonprofit Directors’ Legal Duties and Responsibilities (Part 2)
Last week’s Nonprofit Alert covered the factual context you need to be aware of prior to committing your time, reputation, and checkbook to serve on the board of a nonprofit. This week we’ll consider the equally important areas of the duty of care, and the duty of loyalty.
- Filing for Nonprofit Status
Incorporating an entity as a nonprofit can result in significant tax breaks that are designed to enable charitable and other organizations to better carry out their mission. However, filing for nonprofit status requires jumping through a number of hoops, and the process can be very complicated.
- Starting a Nonprofit
Starting a nonprofit is not much different from forming any other type of business entity. However, due to the unique tax status of nonprofit and charitable organizations, the overall process can be significantly more difficult and complex than a straightforward business formation.
- Navigating Legal Issues in a Church Setting
Although churches and other religious ministries share many similar issues as other nonprofits, they also have many unique needs given their protected First Amendment status. Failing to take the proper precautions, follow government regulations, or establish transparent procedures can result in potential lawsuits against your church or even the loss of your church’s tax-exempt status. Our attorneys are experienced in navigating the special issues pertaining to churches and other religious ministries.
- Restrictions on Nonprofit Fundraising and Lobbying
There are certain restrictions that nonprofit and charitable organizations must follow in order to retain their privileged tax status, particularly in the areas of fundraising and lobbying. Some types of organizations are prohibited from lobbying altogether, while others may engage in this practice. It is also important to make sure that nonprofit and charitable groups also practice fundraising within the confines of the law.