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Filing the Form
990-PF

How do you know if your foundation’s Form 990-PF is true, correct, and complete? Can you simply assume an accountant will get it right? Unfortunately, the answer is no. In fact, regulators estimate that at least 25% of all 990-PFs have errors. Despite this statistic, there is hope. This primer highlights problem areas, offers tips,... Read More

Inviting an Audit

As managing director of a small family foundation, I had often wondered what would happen if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the state attorney general came knocking on our foundation’s door. Would we be prepared for an audit? Would the foundation be in compliance with legal and tax reporting requirements? Did our original organizational... Read More

Recordkeeping Requirements and Tips

Most foundation files of any significance should be kept a minimum of 3 years. That can add up to a lot of paper! Here are filing and storage tips: Give some thought to and take time setting up your filing system. Ultimately, you’ll waste less time and save yourself a lot of space. A good... Read More

Recordkeeping if Sunsetting Your Foundation

There is little legal advice specific to recordkeeping after a foundation closes. According to best practice, however, financial and tax records should be kept for a minimum of 7 years after their filing dates. Other business records, such as pension plans and D&O liability insurance contracts, should be kept for a minimum of 10 years.... Read More