Can I use federal grant money to fund lobbying efforts of my nonprofit?

Question. Can I use federal grant money to fund lobbying efforts of my Nonprofit? Answer: No, nonprofits that receive federal funds may not use funds received by the nonprofit as a result of a contract or grant to attempt to influence any federal or state legislation, through direct or grass roots lobbying campaigns.  See OMB Circular… [Read More]

Does a Church have to have a 501c3?

Question: Does a Church need to apply for 501c3? Answer: While it is true that Section 508(c)(1) of the Code relieves Churches from applying for favorable determination letters regarding their exempt status, there is nothing in Section 508(c)(1) which relieves a Church from having to meet the requirements of Section 501(c)(3). So, in short, a church… [Read More]

Can my Nonprofit hold Raffle to Raise Money?

Question: Can my Nonprofit hold Raffle to Raise Money? The Charitable Raffle Enabling Act, effective January 1, 1990, permits “qualified organizations” to hold up to two raffles per calendar year, with certain specified restrictions. Answer: A raffle is defined as the award of one or more prizes by chance at a single occasion among a single pool… [Read More]

Can my Nonprofit hold a Poker Tournament or Casino Night Fundraiser?

Question: Can my Nonprofit hold a Poker Tournament or Casino Night Fundraiser? Answer: Unlike raffles and bingo, there is NO exception to the gambling law in Texas for nonprofits to hold poker or casino night fundraising events. The gambling law, Chapter 47 of the Penal Code, applies to nonprofits and to for profits equally. See Tex…. [Read More]

Many Groups Risk Loss of Tax-Exempt Status

By law, organizations that fail to file annual reports for three consecutive years will see their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked as of the due date of the third required filing. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandates that most tax-exempt organizations file annual Form 990-series informational returns or notices with the IRS. The law,… [Read More]