501(c)(3) Organizations

To help students understand the legal aspects of a 501(c)(3) organization and how they differ from other organizations.

Duration: 
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Objectives: 

Students will:

  • Learn the vocabulary associated with 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Understand tax ramifications of organizations that pay taxes and those that do not
  • Distinguish between private and public foundations
Materials: 

Representative from a local 501(c)(3) organization.

White, Benjamin T. (1991). The Foundation Desk Reference: A Compendium of Private Foundation Rules. Atlanta: Southeastern Council of Foundations. [http://www.secf.org/foundation-desk-reference].

Instructions: 
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  1. Guest speaker from a local nonprofit presents a summary of responsibilities that a 501(c)(3) organization must follow and those things a 501(c)(3) must never do.

Assessment: 

Class discussion; research reports on nonprofits.