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Beyond the Numbers: Telling Your Story on the Form 990-PF

The Form 990-PF is often the public face of your foundation. It is publicly available at Embedded in the Form 990-PF is a series of oft-neglected questions that give you an opportunity to explain how your charitable activities advance the foundation’s mission and vision. Instead of using the two or three lines provided on... Read More

Planning for Set-Asides

Amounts that foundations set aside or save for specific projects may be treated as current qualifying distributions. To qualify, the foundation must satisfy the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that the amount set aside for a specific project be paid out within 5 years, and that the set-aside amount is appropriate because the project can... Read More

Closing Shop

Although most foundations choose to exist in perpetuity, it is increasingly common for foundations to consider closing shop. The reasons for closing shop are often straightforward—donor mandate, a preference to give while living, challenging family dynamics, or a desire to spend out for greater impact in the short term—but the process can be complicated. If... Read More

Preparing for an IRS Audit

The best protection against audit problems is to know the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules and keep good records. The interest and dividend statements, canceled checks, and so forth that back up your return should be kept with the return. A typical foundation IRS audit notice requests that the following records be made available: Organizing... Read More

Foundations 101 Virtual Seminar: Legal Basics

This legal basics module of the Foundations 101 virtual seminar, offers an overview of all private foundations rules, from filing the Form 990-PF to public disclosure rules and the self-dealing rules. This survey of the rules will empower you to know when to raise questions with a legal professional. By the end of this module... Read More

Webinar Recording
Self-Dealing and Conflicts of Interest

Self-dealing is prohibited; conflicts of interest can be managed. But the intricacies of the two can be confusing. In this webinar, led by attorney Darren B. Moore of Bourland Wall & Wenzel, find clear, easy-to-follow steps to help you recognize each, avoid self-dealing, and manage conflicts of interest. Learn the laws, discuss common situations and... Read More