Posted on February 12, 2010

Recently, while sitting in the office of the executive director of one of our nonprofit clients, I noticed a plaque on the wall that read:

“Dear IRS: I would like to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list.”

Of course anyone that has ever completed a tax return can appreciate the humor, but it particularly resonates with those of us who run a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. In exchange for that tax-exempt status, the IRS places tremendous restrictions on the activities of 501(c)(3)’s. It’s not so much that the organizations mind the restrictions, it’s just so difficult to be familiar with all of them!

Private inurement, lobbying, excess benefit transactions, unrelated business income … . It’s enough to make your head spin. Especially if that head is much more interested in providing after-school care to children, job training to refugee women, medical care to the uninsured, or any of the many charitable activities that our clients undertake.

Through our free legal workshops and webinars, website resources, and direct legal services by staff and volunteer attorneys, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta seeks to guide nonprofits through the morass of regulations so that they can stay in compliance and focused on their charitable mission.

We can’t get your name off the IRS mailing list, but we can help your nonprofit stay off their radar screen! Let us know if Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta can help your organization.