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New Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act and Charitable Assets

Overview With the advent of the new year, the Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act (RCW 24.03A) is now in full force and effect. While much discussion has already been devoted to specific governance changes to member and non-member organizations, we have yet to address how charitable assets will be managed under the new act. In this …

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The Joint Venture Policy and The Parent-Subordinate Consistency Policy

Overview We will discuss the final policies in this series in a single blog post. These policies concern specific situations in which a nonprofit organization may find itself depending on the nature of its structure and operations. These policies are the joint venture policy and the parent-subordinate consistency policy. While these policies are important to …

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The Travel Reimbursement Policy

Overview In many ways, a nonprofit organization is just like a for profit organization. Nonprofit organizations hire executives, purchase property, engage in business, and, most importantly for this blog post, require significant amounts of traveling for staff and volunteers to perform the needed operations of the organization. When a considerable amount of traveling is done, …

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The Document Retention Policy

Overview It is a simple rule that it takes a lot of documents to run an organization. Governing documents, transaction documents, property documents, tax documents, and many more. What happens when these documents start to pile up? How long should an organization hold on to these documents and what should they do with them when …

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The Conflict of Interest Policy

Overview For organizations exempt from income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the most important governance policy the organization can have is the conflict of interest policy. The policy is not only explicitly asked about for every organization in the Form 990 Informational Return but is also asked about in the Form …

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Washington State Passes New Nonprofit Corporations Act!

Overview Earlier this week, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5034. Simply put, this law completely overhauls and replaces the current version of the Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act. The effort to pass this law started in 2008 with the adoption of the Model Nonprofit Corporations Act by the Washington State legislature. From there, a …

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Book Review: 10% Happier By Dan Harris

If someone were to ask you how life is going right now, that would probably be a loaded question. We’re in the middle of one of the worst pandemics in history, a combative election process to say the least, and a society seemingly more polarized than it’s ever been. And that’s only in addition to …

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Revises the Computation of UBTI: Three Major Revisions

Introduction Organizations exempt from federal taxation must still pay taxes on unrelated business income (UBI) (i.e. income gained from a regularly conducted trade or business that is unrelated to the organizations exempt purpose). In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) which made major revisions to how unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) …

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Supporting Organizations Part 2

The Relationship Test In our last blog post we discussed Supporting Organizations and the first three tests for how to determine if a 501(c)(3) public charity is a supporting organization. In the second part of this two part series, we’ll discuss the fourth and final test of supporting organizations: the Relationship Test. Depending on the …

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A Brief Review of Client Development for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

Throughout the legal community there is no shortage of opinions people have about working for a small firm versus a larger firm. Entire law review articles have been devoted to the pros and cons of each model. Whatever side of the spectrum you find yourself on, there’s simply no denying one fact: small firms are …

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