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Beer and Blessings, 501(d) Organizations and How Businesses Can Work for Churches

Have you ever sipped a glass of really good champagne? Or how about an ice-cold Trappist Ale? Would it surprise you to know that each of those was brought to you by Catholic monks? Champagne, Trappist Ale, and a range of other goods like these dog biscuits to these caskets are all produced, distributed, and […]

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Using 501(c)(4)s to Navigate Political Activity Within the Nonprofit Realm

Among the entities that are granted tax exempt status under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as revised, (the “Code”), 501(c)(4)s stand out as entities with a unique blend of social advocacy and political engagement. While these organizations are often recognized for their social welfare initiatives, there’s an interesting dimension to their

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Nonprofit Considerations under the Corporate Transparency Act

For those of you who have read some of our past blog posts, you may know that the new legislation impacting corporate entities, limited liability companies, and nonprofit corporations is the Corporate Transparency Act (the “Act”) which becomes effective January 1, 2024. For general information about this Act, I encourage you to check out George

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Nonprofit Membership Organizations: Advantages, Disadvantages, Member Rights, and Washington State Statutes

Nonprofit membership corporations play a vital role in our communities by bringing like-minded individuals together to pursue shared goals and objectives. In Washington, nonprofit membership corporations are governed by the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act (RCW 24.03A) (the “Act”), which outlines the legal framework for nonprofit corporations. Under the Act, there are two different types of

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What Are the Changes to Members Rights from the 2022 Washington Nonprofit Law Update?

In 2022, the Washington State legislature changed the law regarding nonprofit corporations to provide additional clarity.  This change completely removed the prior statute regulating Washington nonprofit corporations and replaced it with a new statute.  The new law, RCW 24.03A, (the “Act”) addresses the needs of Washington nonprofit corporations in a few ways, including automatically allowing

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Eliminating Statutory Membership

Introduction Nonprofit organizations governed by the Washington Revised Code (RCW) 24.03A, often grapple with the concept of membership as well as the members’  rights and responsibilities of members. While members play a crucial role in the governance of these organizations, there are situations where nonprofits may consider eliminating statutory membership. This blog will address why

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Nonprofit Member Inspection

What can a Nonprofit Member’s Inspect under RCW 24.03A.215? Under Washington law, statutory members of nonprofits (let’s call them big “M” members – “Member” or “Members”) have legal rights and obligations under RCW 24.03A Article 6. One Member right is the right to inspect the books and records of the nonprofit that the Member belongs

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Introduction to Alcohol Permit Types for Fundraising Events

Welcome to our introduction on navigating the world of alcohol at events in Washington State. Whether you’re organizing a public fundraiser, a private soirée, or just curious about the ins and outs of serving alcohol, we’ve got you covered. Let’s break down the essentials in a friendly and easy-to-understand manner.  Alcohol plays a significant role

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A Guide to Charitable Solicitations in Washington State

Charitable organizations play a crucial role in addressing various societal issues, and their ability to solicit donations is essential for their sustainability. In the state of Washington, nonprofits must navigate specific rules and regulations governing charitable solicitations to ensure compliance and maintain their reputation. In this blog post, I will delve into the key aspects

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The Corporate Transparency Act and Tax-Exempt Organizations

In the realm of financial transparency and regulation, the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA“) stands as a significant milestone. Enacted to counter money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial crimes, this legislation introduces a comprehensive set of rules to enhance corporate accountability. While its primary targets are corporations and limited liability companies, the implications of the

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