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Advocacy: Standing up for your Issues

By |2019-04-25T00:04:56+00:00November 29th, 2016|501(c)(3)|

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” to participate in many different kinds of advocacy, ranging from educating on the issues to actual lobbying. Advocacy, such as educating policymakers and the public about broad social issues, is unrestricted and unlimited for 501(c)(3) public charities. Advocacy becomes “lobbying” when it is connected [...]

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

By |2015-03-03T15:38:52+00:00March 3rd, 2015|501(c)(3), Definition, Events, Nonprofit, Private Foundation, Public Charity|

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 work of these organizations. And there will be another big share (of information) this week at the annual Wisconsin Nonprofit Association Conference: http://wisconsinnonprofits.org/Conference2015 , which is taking place in Madison on Thursday. With today’s focus on charitable donations to 501(c)(3) organizations, I want to [...]

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

By |2015-01-26T19:22:24+00:00January 26th, 2015|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 a few important issues. Great Board Training Opportunity in Madison! I would like to call attention to this great training opportunity by Melanie Schmidt as part of her "Building Better Boards" series. Below is a blurb on Melanie's session: Nonprofit organizations have one thing [...]

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Welcome and Happy Holidays from Scholz Nonprofit Law!

By |2014-12-19T20:14:28+00:00December 19th, 2014|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 look and the chance to show off the photographs of our local photographer friend, Lisa Hempstead.  You can subscribe to the blog by entering your name and email in the sidebar to the right.   As I thought about what to write in this [...]

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