Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

I frequently like to remind our 501(c)(3) clients about the importance of advocating on their issues through lobbying and the legitimacy of their role in doing so. But when we encourage lobbying, we point out the distinction between lobbying on issues and the prohibition on political activity. The rule against political activity has been known […]

Keep It Moving Forward

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dear colleagues: I’ll be honest. November has been a tough month. I was thrilled when the short Thanksgiving workweek arrived and I could retreat to my home and family – – cooking and cleaning never looked so good. I’ve indeed enjoyed a few days at home, with my two older daughters home from college. As […]

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) New Rules Suspended

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

The new FLSA rules that were scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016 were suspended by a federal judge last week. This means employers are not required to implement the new rules regarding treating employees who make less than $47,476 as “non-exempt” under the FLSA. Of course, if you’ve made promises for raises, those […]

Advocacy: Standing up for your Issues

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

In the wake of the election, many organizations may be more motivated than ever to advocate for their beneficiaries. Advocacy is an important tool for 501(c)(3) organizations and should not be overlooked! Here are the basics on the federal and Wisconsin rules that apply to advocacy for 501(c)(3) organizations. Federal rules allow 501(c)(3) “public charities” […]

Form 990 Deadline is Approaching!

It’s that time of year again! Don’t forget to file your nonprofit organization’s “annual information return,” or Form 990. All tax-exempt organizations (including 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and 501(c)(6)s) must file a version of the Form 990 with the IRS.  For many small organizations, it is a simple 5-10 minute process to file the “Form 990-N.” You […]

501(c)(3) or 509(a)? Your public charity is both.

Today is the Big Share! Don’t miss the opportunity to support 70 local nonprofits dedicated to building a fair, just community and protecting the environment through this Community Shares of Wisconsin online giving event: http://www.thebigshare.org. Thanks to Community Shares and their Big Share partner, Madison Community Foundation, for hosting this event to support the important […]

The Upside of Winter (plus a few important deadlines…)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Events, Nonprofit

Greetings! I find the upside of the winter season (Yes, upside. I’ll never outgrow my California roots…) is that I can take advantage of the slightly quieter times to focus on organization and business details. Well, our mild-ish winter has brought an all-but-mild workload. So, before January completely escapes me, I want to post about […]

Welcome and Happy Holidays from Scholz Nonprofit Law!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Events

Dear friends, Welcome to the new Scholz Nonprofit Law website and my new blog!  We hope to make it easier to share information with you – – answers to client questions that may be of interest to a larger audience, snippets about community activities, and the occasional musings of Melissa.  Plus, we like the updated […]