Author: Karen l. Wu

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Joint Cost Allocations Under Scrutiny by State Regulators: Avoid These Mistakes

Seven years ago, I wrote “Navigating Joint Cost Allocations: Top Five Mistakes to Avoid for the newsletter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In that article I pointed out common mistakes that nonprofits make in conducting joint cost allocations on their fundraising activities. In 2018, …

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FTC/NASCO Conference on Consumer Protection and Charitable Solicitation Highlights a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

On March 21st, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) hosted “Give and Take: Consumers, Contributions and Charity,” a conference exploring the intersection between consumer protection issues and charitable solicitations, with a focus on new and evolving fundraising …

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California Attorney General Issues Guidance on Charity Crowdfunding Platform Regulation

The rapid growth of online and social media fundraising activities has caught the attention of state charity regulators. Yet, very little guidance exists that helps businesses, particularly technology companies new to the charitable fundraising space, analyze their compliance obligations under state charitable solicitation laws. In …

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Moving Out Of New York

With the New Year comes new beginnings. I’ve noticed one such new beginning recurring regularly in the New York nonprofit community. I call it “Moving Out of New York.”  It happens elsewhere too of course, but wherever it occurs, it signals a change to an …

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IRS Denies Farmers Market Tax-Exempt Status

The ongoing confusion in locating the line between charitable/tax-exempt vs. non-charitable/taxable business activity for nonprofits was highlighted by the IRS’s October 2015 denial of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to a farmers market. (PLR 201601014) The ruling illuminates how the IRS determines whether an entity that plans …

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State Charity Regulators Offer Tips on Internet and Social Media Fundraising

 The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) recently posted tips on internet and social media fundraising to help charities and fundraising platforms understand their rights and obligations, and to help donors make informed giving decisions.  The tips highlight four key concerns that state charity regulators …

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