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Posted on June 25, 2021

Does your nonprofit have less than 15 employees?  Are you considering your very first hire?  In this episode of the PBPA podcast, Josh Joel will talk to us about both employment laws and best practices for nonprofits with 1-14 employees.  Join us as we talk about a range of topics including restrictive covenants, discrimination and benefits, and how they uniquely apply (and sometimes do not apply!) to small nonprofits.

Guest:  Josh Joel at Stanton Law

Transcript to Episode 16 – Employment Laws for Orgs with 1-14 Employees


Posted on June 2, 2021

What is a fiscal sponsor? Does your organization need one? Have you been asked to become a fiscal sponsor? During this one hour webinar, our speaker discusses this arrangement under which a charitable project without 501(c)(3) status might benefit from the tax-exempt status and administrative support of a sponsoring organization, including:

  • The pros and cons of having a fiscal sponsor
  • The risks and benefits to the fiscal sponsor
  • How to avoid potential problems by entering into a fiscal sponsorship agreement

Presenter: Rachel Epps Spears, Executive Director, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

View the Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits Webcast

Posted on July 10, 2018

Some counties and cities in Georgia require nonprofits to register for a business license. Find out more about what is required.

Posted on June 28, 2018

Starting a nonprofit can be a great way to effect social change, but prospective founders should do their homework before forming a new 501(c)(3). Join Jason Qu and Lauren Paley from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center as we discuss business planning, strategic considerations, and useful resources for start-up nonprofits.

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Posted on April 25, 2016

In 1982, Paul Newman founded Newman’s Own, a for-profit corporation created to sell food products and donate 100% of the profits to charity. What started as a boutique operation has grown into an international business with over $350 million in revenues. Many people consider Paul Newman to be one of the original pioneers in the area of social enterprise, and now others are following his lead by applying business strategies to achieve social purposes. The social enterprise model has become increasingly popular and successful over the past few decades, but what should such an entity look like? During this webcast, our speaker will discuss the three common corporate forms for social enterprise activities and the pros and cons of using each.

Speaker: Robyn Miller, Corporate/Tax Counsel, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Please click here to view webcast.

Posted on July 30, 2014

On June 27, 2014, the IRS released a new form – Form 1023EZ — which will simplify and streamline the 501(c)(3) application process for small nonprofits without complex issues. This article covers the benefits of the new form and explains which nonprofits may take advantage of it.

Posted on July 30, 2014

This article sets forth best practices for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to consider when determining the size and composition of its board of directors.

Posted on March 17, 2014

In this useful resource, Metcalf Davis CPAs have added notes to a standard Form 990 to help nonprofit board members and officers review the form and understand the significance of various provisions.

Posted on April 8, 2013

Organizations with a fiscal year end of December 31 must file a 2012 Form 990, Form 990-EZ or Form 990-N (or an extension) by May 15, 2013. You might notice that the IRS revised the 2012 version of the forms and the accompanying schedules. A summary of those changes can be found here. The summary includes IRS reminders such as:

• Organizations should not include social security numbers on Form 990 because it is publicly available.
• Organizations are no longer required to list addresses for officers, directors or employees.
• If an organization accepts a contribution in the name of one of its programs, its donor acknowledgment should indicate the organization’s name.

For helpful resources from the IRS regarding the Form 990, click here.

Start-up nonprofits should note that they should begin filing annual Form 990s as soon as they are incorporated, even if they have not yet received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS.

Please note that Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is unable to assist with Form 990 filings.

Posted on August 24, 2012

The California Management Assistance Partnership created this helpful guide for what you need to know before starting a nonprofit.