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What the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Means for Your Organization

Sasha Herzig on April 9, 2014

Have a non-profit? Then you’ve got some big changes coming up in just a few short months. (And you can’t afford to ignore these changes.) Effective July 1, 2014, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act will apply to New York non-profits, organizations that solicit charitable contributions in New York State (regardless of state of incorporation), and New York State charitable trusts. Governor Cuomo signed the Act in an effort to reduce outdated burdens on non-profits and to strengthen governance and accountability by streamlining the formation process, easing the burden of regulatory obligations, and simplifying corporate transaction standards. (To Read More…

Conflict in Non-Profits – How Mediation Can Help

Sasha Herzig on February 24, 2014

Not only do many of us rely on non-profits as a source of income, we all also rely on the services non-profits provide us daily. Whether it’s low-cost medical services, the prevention of animal cruelty, or the promotion of public art, it is clear that we would not be able to survive without the help and hard work of non-profits. Thus, when non-profits suffer from internal conflict, so do we. As non-profits are service driven rather than profit driven, there is often the unfair assumption that non-profits do not suffer from internal conflict in the same ways that for-profits do. Read More…

How to Get the Most Out of Your Fundraising Professional

Sasha Herzig on February 24, 2014

The bread and butter of many non-profit organizations comes from fundraising events and campaigns. With all the daily tasks involved in running a successful charity, it’s no wonder that many organizations choose to seek outside help when planning fundraisers. So let’s talk about what goes into professional fundraising. Professional Fundraiser vs. Fundraising Counsel A professional fundraiser is someone who is compensated to work with a charitable organization in planning, managing, conducting or otherwise assisting the organization with solicitations for charitable donations. This includes employing another person to assist with charitable solicitations. A Professional Fundraiser may directly solicit on behalf of Read More…

Don’t Wait for Federal Tax Exempt Status – Start Fundraising Today!

Sasha Herzig on February 10, 2014

Are you one of the many organizations who have filed for Federal tax exempt status but have not heard back from the IRS yet? Are you waiting on your tax-exempt status to receive tax deductible donations from sponsors? Do funders (including foundations and government agencies) choose not to donate to your projects because you’re not yet affiliated with a non-profit organization? Waiting on this status could be slowing the growth of your organization. Well, wait no longer – organizations who do not hold Federal tax-exempt status may still receive tax deductible donations through fiscal sponsorship. What is fiscal sponsorship? It’s Read More…

IRS Takes a Closer Look at Tax-Exempt “Parent” Organizations Who Have “Subordinate” Organizations

Sasha Herzig on January 16, 2013

As tax season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is taking a more stringent look at “parent” tax-exempt organizations that have “subordinate” organizations. A “parent” organization, also referred to sometimes as a “central” organization, is a tax-exempt organization that has one or more subordinate organizations. The subordinate organization gains tax-exempt status through a “group ruling” and therefore does not have to file separately with the IRS to obtain tax-exempt status. The group ruling requires the subordinate organization to adhere to the same rules and procedures as the parent organization. To maintain a group exemption, the parent organization must file an Read More…

Brighton Ballet Theater

Volkova Law Group PLLC on December 31, 2012

On November 27, 2011, one of our clients, Brighton Ballet Theater Co., Inc., was featured in the New York Times for its pioneering work in the teaching of the Vaganova ballet method. We work with the Brighton Ballet Theater to structure their collaboration with other non-profits. We also advise them on complying with IRS and New York State rules and regulations. var hupso_services_t=new Array(“Twitter”,”Facebook”,”Google Plus”,”Linkedin”,”Email”);var hupso_background_t=”#EAF4FF”;var hupso_border_t=”#66CCFF”;var hupso_toolbar_size_t=”medium”;var hupso_image_folder_url = “”;var hupso_url_t=””;var hupso_title_t=”Brighton Ballet Theater”;

Charities Across Borders, Part One – Soliciting Across the U.S.A.: Multi-State Filing

Volkova Law Group PLLC on June 6, 2012

We often hear how the Internet has changed everything. And it has, especially for non–profit organizations who get donations from supporters throughout the U.S. and abroad via online outreach. Today’s world offers non-profit organizations a multitude of ways to reach new donors and thank goodness for that, considering other sources of funding have dried up in recent years. A few notes of caution for those lucky orgs: First, when receiving donations from supporters across the U.S. states, the non-profit needs to make sure it is in compliance with charity registration requirements in the states from which it receives donations. Otherwise, Read More…