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Meeting Your Minimum Distribution Requirement

In 1964, Congress enacted mandatory distribution rules to prevent private foundations from receiving gifts and investing the assets—yet never spending funds for charitable purposes. Congress thought it unfair to allow a charitable deduction when, in some cases, funds were not being directed to charity. A private foundation must make annual charitable expenditures, called qualifying distributions, equal... Read More

Year-End Tips for Meeting Your Minimum

It’s December and your foundation wants to fulfill its payout requirement within the calendar year. What can you do? Ask your local community foundation, association of grantmakers, or giving circles for information about community needs and nonprofits they support. Consult with members of the faith community. Ask your government social services agencies, United Way, or... Read More

Attending Fundraisers

Although attending fundraisers and similar events may not seem like a benefit to you, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may see it differently: as self-dealing, an act in which a trustee, staff member, or other “disqualified person” receives direct, personal benefit. To avoid falling afoul of laws to prevent self-dealing, many private foundation boards establish... Read More

Overview of Laws Governing Private Foundations

Private foundations are subject to a range of legal regulations. The following list is not comprehensive but provides a sense of the scope of laws that apply to private foundations. Laws that apply to private foundations and public charities General legal requirements Fiduciary duties Conflicts of Interest Private inurement and public benefit Records and disclosures... Read More

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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

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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