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Resolutions for Nonprofits...Part 2

2012 is still young! Last month we shared five things you can do strengthen your nonprofit. We are glad to share five more resolutions here. Call us at 512-577-6755 to discuss.

6. Employment Law Check-Up. Do you have employees? Make sure you are following appropriate labor laws, wage laws, anti-discrimination laws, and more.

7. Donor Stewardship. Always thank donors and volunteers right away for their contributions. Expressions of thanks are like pancakes - they need to be served right away! Learn more here.

8. Keep Government Agencies Up-To-Date. Does your nonprofit have a new office or registered agent? Did you edit bylaws or articles of incorporation? Tell the appropriate government agencies...

9. File IRS Form 990. Most nonprofits need to file an annual informational return with the IRS called the Form 990. This form allows the IRS and the general public to evaluate a nonprofit’s operations; it includes information on the nonprofit’s mission, programs, and finances. Learn more here.

10. Board Self-Review. A strong board of directors is vital to the success of your nonprofit organization.  Keep your board accountable and effective by having them assess their performance every 2 to 3 years.
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Mollie Cullinane
The Cullinane Law Group is the premier firm for nonprofit organizations.
Clients include charities, foundations, churches, and philanthropists.
We help nonprofits make a difference in their communities.

Representing clients nationwide

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Client Highlight

We are happy to announce that one of our clients, HOPE4JD, received its 501(c)(3) tax-exemption from the IRS recently.
HOPE4JD is a Texas nonprofit corporation that that charitably supports children and the families and caregivers of children who suffer from hypoxic and/or anoxic brain injury (“HAI”). HAI is a serious condition that comes from the brain not receiving enough oxygen to support the body’s many functions. 

HOPE4JD was initially organized to support J.D. Hartman, a boy who was severely disabled at age 11 after a near-drowning accident in his family pool in 2008. J.D.’s community of neighbors and friends pulled together to help the family through this difficult time.

As a new 501(c)(3) organization, HOPE4JD will help other children suffering from brain injury. Services include (1) hospital care packages, (2) informational hope and recovery binders, and (3) scholarships for treatment  and daily life adjustments.

Learn more about HOPE4JD at

Law Basics

Public Charity
vs. Foundation

The legal terms to classify nonprofits can be confusing. All tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are either public charities or private foundations.
Public charities are the groups that people usually think of when they hear the word charity or nonprofit. Their mission may advance religion, education, or science. They are supported by funds from the general public or they function to "support" public charities.

Private foundations are usually established with funds from a single source (i.e. family or corporate) instead of being funded from the general public. Many private foundations make grants to traditional public charities.

The word foundation can be tricky, since public charities can use the word foundation in their name...
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