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Every Nonprofit with a Website Needs to Know: New Requirements to Gain and Keep Online Copyright Infringement Liability Protections

Posted in Formation & Tax Exempt Status, Nonprofit Governance & Ethics, Private Foundations, Public Charities, Religious Institutions, Uncategorized, Unions, Associations, Clubs & Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

Does your nonprofit have a website?  Does the website include a blog that allows viewers to post comments?  Does it include a discussion forum or other online community component where people can post videos, pictures, or other text or media?  Do you have social media channels?  If your nonprofit uses this type of online outlet… Continue Reading

System Outages Cause Delays for Filing Form 8976; IRS Offers to Help Affected Organizations

Posted in AG, IRS, FTB, & Property Tax Proceedings, Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, Nonprofit Governance & Ethics, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities, Uncategorized

The initial deadline for new self-declared 501(c)(4) organizations to notify the IRS of their existence was September 6.  However, system outages on that day, and since, caused delays that may have prevented organizations from filing on time. The IRS released a statement today promising to “work with you to ensure that you are not subjected… Continue Reading

Nonprofits: Amplify Your Voice in the November Election with these Helpful Tips

Posted in Nonprofit Governance & Ethics, Private Foundations, Public Charities, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities, Uncategorized, Unions, Associations, Clubs & Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

Our friends at California Association of Nonprofits have some creative tips for how nonprofits can make their voices heard on Election Day, and some resources to help.  Check it out!

Coming Changes to Federal Overtime Rules Will Affect Nonprofit Employers

Posted in Private Foundations, Public Charities, Religious Institutions, Uncategorized, Unions, Associations, Clubs & Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

The US Department of Labor has issued new regulations, effective for most employers in December 2016, that will affect how employers, including nonprofits, determine which employees are exempt from certain wage and hour rules. Since we’re not employment lawyers, these new rules fall outside of our areas of expertise, but our friends at California Association… Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Greg!

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Our colleague, mentor, and friend Greg Colvin is having a significant birthday today, and we at Adler & Colvin want to wish him a very happy birthday! For more than 30 years, Greg has meant (and continues to mean) so much to our firm, shaping its vision and character.  He has had a similar effect… Continue Reading

Greg Colvin named 2015 Outstanding Nonprofit Attorney

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Adler & Colvin is proud to announce that Greg Colvin has been named the 2015 Outstanding Nonprofit Attorney by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law.  The Business Law Section gives the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Awards annually in several categories to those who have made outstanding contributions to the… Continue Reading

Happy Graduation, Betsy Buchalter Adler

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The Walrus and the Carpenter Were walking close at hand; They wept like anything to see Such quantities of sand: “If this were only cleared away,” They said, “it would be grand!” (Lewis Carroll) The lawyers and staff at Adler & Colvin want to congratulate our friend, our mentor, and our partner, Betsy Buchalter Adler,… Continue Reading


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We’re a 15-attorney firm (quietly assisted by 16 amazing staffers) dedicated solely to the practice of nonprofit, tax-exempt law.  We’re fortunate to have remarkable clients — granting foundations, public charities carrying out the good stuff our society needs, individual philanthropists, social welfare organizations, trade associations, and many others. With this blog, we hope to quickly… Continue Reading