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Nonprofit Law updates from Cullinane Law Group. Jan. 2014
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2014 Resolutions for Nonprofits

January is the time we remind our clients to check the overall health of their nonprofit organization. We are glad to share ten things to do to get this year off to a great start. 
  1. Insurance Check-Up. It's time to check your insurance policies' dates and coverage. What do you need? General liability? Director and officer? Property? Auto? Worker's compensation?
  2. Get Your Records in Order. There are many documents your nonprofit legally needs to keep on hand, including financial statements, annual reports, tax returns, governing documents, minutes, and more.
  3. Review Your Mission Statement & Activities. Are new programs in line with your mission statement? Has your mission changed? Is it still a tax-exempt purpose?
  4. Donor StewardshipThe start of the new year is a great time to ensure that donors from the past year were acknowledged and to reflect on the effectiveness of your donor stewardship practices.
  5. Give Donors Proper Acknowlegments. Donors who contribute $250 or more need written acknowledgement to claim the deduction on their individual tax returns. Are you helping donors get what they need? 
  6. Keep Government Agencies Up-To-Date. Does your nonprofit have a new office or registered agent or make other changes? Also, states have a variety of annual reporting requirements, includingSecretary of State periodic or annual filings, tax reports with the state comptroller, charitable fundraising registrations.
  7. IRS ReportsMost nonprofits file the IRS Form 990 (990, 990-EZ and 990-N). It is critical to get this filed each year, so that your organization can maintain its tax-exempt status. 
  8. 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.
  9. Grants & Contracts Reporting. Do you have financial grants from the government or from foundations that require certain reports? Many grants require periodic and/or year-end report on financial and program activity. 
  10. Employment Check-Up. Nonprofits are businesses like any others and must follow employment laws.
We enjoy helping nonprofits with a Complete Legal Audit, so we can help get your year off to a great start. Call us at 512-298-2898 to learn more.
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We work exclusively with nonprofits + social enterprises.

We help you turn your passion or cause into an organization that can make a difference.


We serve foundations, charities, professional athletes, religious organizations, social enterprises, and do-gooders throughout the United States who seek to create positive change.


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Client Highlight: Guitars for Swaziland

Guitars for Swaziland provides guitars for the AIDS orphans and underprivileged children of Swaziland, Africa. 


Prominent musician Stephen Doster founded Guitars for Swaziland after representing the US State Department’s Arts Envoy Program on a visit to the country. After playing for an orphanage in Swaziland, Doster was inspired by the children he met and decided to create Guitars for Swaziland in order to continue the gift of music to these children. Guitars for Swaziland is giving many underprivileged children an opportunity to learn and create through music.

Learn more at www.guitarsforswaziland.org.
 

Quilts for Love

It completely stinks that my mom has cancer. But on the first chemo session she was so pleased to have a hand-made quilt waiting for her. Thanks, Wrapped in Love Foundation! Here are links to other nonprofits -- groups that lovingly accept homemade quilts and/or blankets -- to help their causes.

 

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