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Bruce R. Hopkins
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Aug. 19 2004
Whether you are a nonprofit novice or the director of an established organization, this must-have guide to nonprofit law contains all the information you need to succeed, thrive, and protect your nonprofit's tax-exempt status. This practical reference offers you information on virtually every legal aspect of starting and operating a nonprofit organization—from receiving and maintaining tax-exempt status to tips for successful management practices. Completely revised and expanded, the third edition features updated information on changes in law, rules, and regulations governing the nonprofit sector, and provides you with clear information on corporate, tax, and fundraising laws.

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The essential resource for nonprofit success

For everyone from nonprofit novices to sophisticated directors of established organizations, this expert guide to nonprofit law provides all the critical information and know-how executives and other leaders need to succeed, thrive, and protect any nonprofit’s tax-exempt status. Written by Bruce Hopkins, the country’s leading legal authority in the field, this Fourth Edition of Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide covers the breadth of legal aspects of starting and operating a nonprofit organization. This latest edition’s revisions include updated material on changes in laws, rules, and regulations governing the nonprofit sector.

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide, Fourth Edition provides:

Practical guidance on the rules and regulations governing nonprofit organizations, including corporate, tax, and fundraising law applications and implications

Up-to-date information on reporting revenue, private benefit, intermediate sanctions, supporting organizations, and the commerciality doctrine

New material on advocacy communications by exempt organizations, the political organization’s notice and reporting requirements, and the use by exempt organizations of limited liability companies

Insight into the newly emerging law concerning involvement of exempt organizations in joint ventures

Checklists, step-by-step guidance to procedures, and a glossary of legal terms for fail-safe compliance

Written by a lawyer for non-lawyers, this easy-to-read book is an invaluable resource for nonprofit executives and managers, fundraising professionals, trustees, consultants, committed volunteers, and anyone involved in the complex, rewarding world of nonprofit organizations.

About the Author

BRUCE R. HOPKINS is the country’s leading authority on tax-exempt organizations and is a lawyer with the firm Polsinelli, Shalton & Welte, PC. He is also the author of fifteen books, including The Law of Intermediate Sanctions; The Legal Answer Book for Private Foundations; The First and Second Legal Answer Book for Nonprofit Organizations; The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Eighth Edition; Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, Second Edition; and The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Third Edition, as well as the newsletter Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel, all published by Wiley.

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I will begin with two disclaimers: I do not work for nor have any affiliation with the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc (I am not a "corporate shill"). Notwithstanding that I would consider it an honor, I do not know nor have I ever met the author.
As an independent consultant providing philanthropic and nonprofit investment management consulting to the trustees of personal, fiduciary and institutional trusts, it is critical that I have expert resources available to provide timely and cutting-edge advisory.

I read voluminously, and my experience is simply this: in the world of nonprofit legal advisory, there is Hopkins, and everybody else.
I believe that success in any field of professional advisory is founded on specialization. This is another outstanding work by the pre-eminent legal expert specializing in advising charitable and educational organizations, associations, colleges, universities, hospitals, religious organizations, associations, and private foundations.
"Starting and Managing ..." is an essential resource in my nonprofit library; I recommend it to my clients as a "Rosetta stone" for translating the Byzantine intricacies of the Internal Revenue Code into a summary of the laws that affect the operation of nonprofit organizations.

If you have questions related to the establishment and qualification for tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, the establishment and operation of charitable fund-raising programs, and advice on matters such as public charity/private foundation qualification, the unrelated business income rules, and the involvement of nonprofits in partnerships and other joint ventures ... and need answers in non-legalese, rest easy: you have found your resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rosetta Stone for legally-challenged nonprofit trustees April 29 2004
By David J. Coughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I will begin with two disclaimers: I do not work for nor have any affiliation with the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc (I am not a "corporate shill"). Notwithstanding that I would consider it an honor, I do not know nor have I ever met the author.
As an independent consultant providing philanthropic and nonprofit investment management consulting to the trustees of personal, fiduciary and institutional trusts, it is critical that I have expert resources available to provide timely and cutting-edge advisory.

I read voluminously, and my experience is simply this: in the world of nonprofit legal advisory, there is Hopkins, and everybody else.
I believe that success in any field of professional advisory is founded on specialization. This is another outstanding work by the pre-eminent legal expert specializing in advising charitable and educational organizations, associations, colleges, universities, hospitals, religious organizations, associations, and private foundations.
"Starting and Managing ..." is an essential resource in my nonprofit library; I recommend it to my clients as a "Rosetta stone" for translating the Byzantine intricacies of the Internal Revenue Code into a summary of the laws that affect the operation of nonprofit organizations.

If you have questions related to the establishment and qualification for tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, the establishment and operation of charitable fund-raising programs, and advice on matters such as public charity/private foundation qualification, the unrelated business income rules, and the involvement of nonprofits in partnerships and other joint ventures ... and need answers in non-legalese, rest easy: you have found your resource.
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1 My "due diligence" research on the author yielded the following: Hopkins is author of eight books (three of which are annually supplemented): The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations (6th ed. 1992); The Legal Answer Book for Nonprofit Organizations (1996); The Nonprofit Law Dictionary (1994); A Legal Guide to Starting and Managing a Non-Profit Organization (2d ed. 1994); The Tax Law of Charitable Giving (1993); Charity, Advocacy, and the Law (1992); The Law of Fund-Raising (2d ed. 1996) (winner in the first edition of the first annual National Society of Fund Raising Executives/Staley/Robeson/Ryan/St. Lawrence Research Award); and Charity Under Siege: Government Regulation of Fund-Raising (1980) (which was selected by the NSFRE as one of the 25 books most favorably affecting fund-raising). He is co-author of a book titled The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations (1995). He writes a monthly newsletter titled 'The Nonprofit Counsel" and a bimonthly newsletter titled 'The Fund-Raising Regulation Report." John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, New York, publishes these books and newsletters. He is Editor of Wiley's Nonprofit Law, Finance, and Management Series.

Hopkins is a member of the Legal Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives. He served as Chair of the Committee on Exempt Organizations, Section on Taxation, American Bar Association; Chair of the Section of Taxation, National Association of College and University Attorneys: and President, Planned Giving Study Group of Greater Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the IRS Exempt Organizations Advisory Group in 1 987 and was accorded the Assistant Commissioner's (IRS) Award in 1984.

Hopkins graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964. He received his law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1967, and masters of law degree in taxation from the Center in 1971.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible source of outdated information April 26 2006
By Robert C. Baruch - Published on Amazon.com
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IRS Form 1023 is one of the most important pieces of starting a nonprofit organization. Yet this book, which is stamped with a 2005 copyright, contains information for the outdated, pre-2004 version of the 1023.

For example, the advice is given that one can attach a form SS-4 (request for EIN) with the form 1023, and in the form 1023 state "SS-4 attached" when it asks for an SS-4. Wrong. The IRS now requires an EIN be registered prior to submitting a 1023.

Likewise, the hints about "Part this" and "Question that" are completely out of sync with the actual application.

Grudgingly, I give the author credit for the other parts of the book. But 1023 is so important, that it would be terrible to let anyone rely on the information in this book.

A good source of detailed, up-to-date information on the 1023 is "IRS Form 1023 Tax Preparation Guide" by Jody Blazek. And I also recommend the companion book by the same author, "IRS Form 990 Tax Preparation Guide for Nonprofits".

Get those books. Do not get this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contemplating March 22 2007
By E. C. Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
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Have been interested in starting an advocacy organization. This book is clearly written, appears to be authoritative and comes from a person who seems to care about the field. I finished the book mildly encouraged but with some respect for the complexities involved. Note that this is only about the legal issues of non profits, not "managing" non profits per se.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting and Managing a Nonprofit May 7 2012
By CSN - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is informative about the laws and ethics individuals interested in starting or running a nonprofit need to know.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Advice. Nice Price. Feb. 8 2008
By Julia Strachan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very useful book for law novices who are considering starting a not-for-profit organization. The examples are pretty entertaining. I recommend this book to anyone curious about not-for-profit business.
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