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Books by Bruce R. Hopkins

The Law of Fundraising

The Law of Fundraising

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Alicia M. Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2020

Raising funds to fulfill a nonprofit organization's goals is critical to its success, but fundraising regulations are an increasingly complex maze. The Law of Fundraising, Fifth Edition is the definitive guide to demystifying federal and state fundraising regulations. With new discussion on Internet fundraising, political fundraising laws, and international fundraising, this book details federal and state laws, with an emphasis on administrative, tax, and constitutional laws. This guide is supplemented annually to keep nonprofit professionals on top of the latest fundraising legal developments.

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

Tax-exempt law explained, for lawyers and nonlawyers alike The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations has, for decades, been the definitive single-volume source of legal information for nonprofit lawyers and managers alike. This thoroughly revised Twelfth Edition provides all the updates you need to stay current on the latest changes to tax code, regulatory, and case law developments. The 2020 Cumulative Supplement is included to ensure that you don't miss any important updates. This product also includes access to the companion website, full of additional digital resources.

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2020

A completely updated guide to the laws and regulations governing charitable giving This fully updated Fifth Edition of The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, e-book version, is the definitive resource for nonprofit lawyers, accountants, and fundraising professionals charged with navigating the increasingly complex maze of charitable giving regulations. This new edition includes: detailed documentation and citations, including references to regulations, rulings, cases, and tax literature; an exhaustive index allowing for quick and easy reference; and annual supplements to keep readers apprised of the latest developments affecting tax-exempt healthcare organizations.

The Tax Law of Private Foundations

The Tax Law of Private Foundations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Jody Blazek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2019

Make sense of the new regulatory requirements with expert clarification and practical tools for compliance - updated through 2019 Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, 5th Edition provides clarification, expert insight, and helpful instruction for executives and supporting professionals navigating extensive federal tax law requirements. This 2019 Cumulative Supplement captures the latest regulatory developments for easy reference. Despite their relatively low numbers, private foundations are subject to complex, burdensome regulations that continue to expand. This book summarizes and clarifies the statutory regulations governing private foundations, offers expert insight into the underlying logic, and provides a host of practical tools that ease the filing process and help ensure compliance with the latest laws.

The Law of Fundraising

The Law of Fundraising

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Alicia M. Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2019

Untangle the web of fundraising regulations, with the latest updates for 2019 The Law of Fundraising is the definitive reference by the field's most respected authority, and the only book to tackle the increasingly complex maze of federal and state fundraising regulations. Updated to cover the latest changes to fundraising law for 2019, this book includes new coverage of donor-advised funds, international fundraising, and the IRS's charitable spending initiative alongside updates on Form 990, political fundraising, and more. Both state and federal regulations are covered with an emphasis on administrative, tax, and constitutional law, alongside expert discussion on compliance issues, trends, and upcoming legislation. Accessible language aids in conceptual understanding, while extensive tables of cases, IRS rulings and pronouncements, checklists, and sample forms facilitate correct application. The companion website features additional tables, appendices, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents, providing attorneys, accountants, and nonprofit professionals with a rich toolkit for ensuring compliance. With all topics pertaining to finance under increasing federal scrutiny, laws surrounding fundraising are becoming increasingly difficult to parse. Mistakes can impact the nonprofit's bottom line, so keeping up-to-date is crucial; this book provides a comprehensive reference to the latest developments, along with expert forecasting of what is to come. Understand the latest state and federal laws surrounding fundraising activities Learn how the law governs Internet fundraising and other emerging issues Get up to date on the new rules surrounding donor-advised funds and international fundraising Examine prospective laws, regulatory trends, and how new rules impact fundraising professionals Fundraising is critical to the nonprofit's ability to carry out their mission, yet the regulatory tangle at both the state and federal level can be a nightmare to navigate. The Law of Fundraising streamlines compliance with the latest legal developments and invaluable tools for application.

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2019

Tax-exempt law explained, for lawyers and nonlawyers alike The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations has, for decades, been the definitive single-volume source of legal information for nonprofit lawyers and managers alike. Author Bruce R. Hopkins is widely recognized as the leading authority on the subject; in this thoroughly revised Twelfth Edition, he provides all the updates you need to stay current on the latest changes to tax code, regulatory, and case law developments. Annual supplements available with the book will ensure that you don't miss any important updates. Making solid decisions about the future of any tax-exempt organization requires a firm and up-to-date understanding of the relevant tax and other law. This reference provides guidance on the latest developments in eligibility for tax exemption, the private inurement and private benefit doctrines, nonprofit governance, lobbying, political campaign activity, public charities, private foundations, donor-advised funds, unrelated business activities, reporting, disclosure requirements, and more. Understand the tax code, regulations, and case law pertaining to all categories of tax-exempt organizations Access the nonprofit law standard reference guide, written by the leading legal expert on tax-exempt organizations Prepare yourself to make well-founded strategic decisions about the current and future actions of your organization Review annual supplements that provide plain-English information on changes for each tax year Written in a practical format that's accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Twelfth Edition, is a trustworthy resource for anyone involved in advising or managing charitable organizations, social welfare entities, associations, clubs, or any other type of tax-exempt entity.

The Tax Law of Private Foundations

The Tax Law of Private Foundations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Jody Blazek Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2018

Make sense of the new regulatory requirements with expert clarification and practical tools for compliance Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, 5th Edition provides clarification, expert insight, and helpful instruction for executives and supporting professionals navigating extensive federal tax law requirements. Despite their relatively low numbers, private foundations are subject to complex, burdensome regulations that continue to expand; the recent tax overhaul has compounded this issue, bringing massive changes beyond the usual annual adjustments, and throwing a wrench into the status quo of compliance-as-usual. This book summarizes and clarifies the statutory regulations governing private foundations, offers expert insight into the underlying logic, and provides a host of practical tools that ease the filing process and help ensure compliance with the latest laws. Detailed explanations are bolstered by checklists, sample documents and letters, practice forms, and real-world examples in order to provide both conceptual and practical guidance for maintaining tax-exempt eligibility and tax compliance. By untangling the complex maze of constantly-evolving requirements, this book offers a much-needed resource to those tasked with ensuring compliance amidst regulatory changes year after year. Learn how the recent changes to tax laws affect private foundations and related organizations Understand the practical implications of maintaining compliance Access critical tools that help streamline the filing process Avoid mistakes and oversights with line-by-line instruction This book is updated annually to provide guidance based on the most recent iteration of the law, but this year's edition is unusually critical; federal law has undergone sweeping changes that will substantially alter filings across the board, and the complex nature of the regulations governing private foundations promises additional confusion as the new laws are applied. Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, 5th Edition provides insight, clarification, and explanation from the nation's leading authority on tax-exempt organizations to help private foundations maintain compliance amidst the changes.

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2017

Everything you need to start and manage a non-profit Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization is written to help anyone who's just getting their toes wet in the sector get up to speed on the critical information needed to protect their nonprofit's tax-exempt status and avoid the many legal traps out there that you probably didn't know exist. Packed with checklists and step-by-step guidance, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization demystifies intricate legal issues with plain-English language explanations for non-legal professionals of the statutes, regulations, court opinions, and other rules comprising nonprofit law. Nonprofits must comply with stringent federal and state laws due to their special exempt status; the government's ultimate threat is revocation of a nonprofit's tax-exempt status, which usually means the nonprofit's demise. Written in plain English, not legalese, this all-important guide provides essential guidance for those interested in starting nonprofits, as well as valuable advice for leaders of established organizations. * Covers all aspects of federal and state nonprofit law * Discusses significant contemporary issues, including commerciality, private benefit, governance, and unrelated business * Provides summaries of current IRS ruling policies * Includes procedures and a glossary of legal terms for fail-safe compliance Written by the country's legal leading authority on tax-exempt organizations, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization is the reference you'll want to keep close by as you navigate your way through the world of nonprofit and the law.

Hopkins' Nonprofit Law Dictionary

Hopkins' Nonprofit Law Dictionary

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2015

A focused, invaluable guide to nonprofit legal terminology and definitions The Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Law Dictionary is a thorough professional reference for the terminology and definitions surrounding the law of tax-exempt organizations. Author Bruce R. Hopkins, the country's leading expert in nonprofit law, draws upon 45 years of practice to deliver a true dictionary reference for attorneys specializing in nonprofit law and tax law. The book's terminology and definitions are derived from constantly changing statutes, government agency regulations and rulings, court opinions, and government forms and instructions, with citations provided where appropriate. Modeled after a conventional dictionary, this book offers quick navigation to the information of interest, and points you toward the other Hopkins guides that provide more in-depth information should you require it. The devil is in the details, and nowhere is that statement truer than in the legal profession. Incorrect interpretation of a single phrase can cause consequences for both client and attorney, and verbiage may be intentionally vague with unexpectedly broad or narrow definitions. This guide gives you the most commonly accepted interpretations of terminology related specifically to nonprofit law, so you can feel confident in the quality of service you provide to your clients. * Stay up to date on the latest in nonprofit law * Confirm the accepted definitions of legal terms and phrases * Learn where to turn for deeper guidance on specific topics * Gain expert insight into obscure and complex definitions Stop spending time wading through textbooks and case law, only to wonder whether or not the information you eventually found applies to nonprofit law in the same way. Focused specifically on the law as it applies to the nonprofit sector, the Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Law Dictionary is an indispensable reference that gives you the information you need quickly and easily.

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2014

A completely updated guide to the laws and regulations governing charitable giving This fully updated Fifth Edition of The Tax Law of Charitable Giving is the definitive resource for nonprofit lawyers, accountants, and fundraising professionals charged with navigating the increasingly complex maze of charitable giving regulations. This new edition includes: * Detailed documentation and citations, including references to regulations, rulings, cases, and tax literature * An exhaustive index allowing for quick and easy reference * Annual supplements to keep readers apprised of the latest developments affecting tax-exempt healthcare organizations

The Law of Fundraising

The Law of Fundraising

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2013

Raising funds to fulfill a nonprofit organization's goals is critical to its success, but fundraising regulations are an increasingly complex maze. The Law of Fundraising, Fifth Edition is the definitive guide to demystifying federal and state fundraising regulations. With new discussion on Internet fundraising, political fundraising laws, and international fundraising, this book details federal and state laws, with an emphasis on administrative, tax, and constitutional laws. This guide is supplemented annually to keep nonprofit professionals on top of the latest fundraising legal developments.

The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law

The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Invaluable guidance on the most important legal issues facing nonprofits today Internet communication is the lifeblood of countless nonprofit organizations, yet there exists no specific law to provide for its regulation. Without solid legal guidance, nonprofits risk not only missing out on the unlimited opportunities that the Internet has to offer, but also jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law analyzes and explains the laws applicable to Internet communications by nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit law expert Bruce Hopkins writes that with Congress and government agencies reluctant to create new law, it will ultimately be up to the courts to determine the future of Internet law affecting nonprofit organizations. Extrapolating from the underlying principles of existing law, Hopkins addresses the legal ramifications of Internet business activities, charitable-giving administration, fundraising programs, lobbying, political campaign activities, and more. The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law proves an unparalleled resource for this emerging field.

Private Foundation Law Made Easy

Private Foundation Law Made Easy

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2013

Now your foundation can be fully informed about the basic legal requirements affecting private foundations and avoid the perils lurking in nonprofit tax law traps. Private Foundation Law Made Easy clearly shows you how, with information on reaping the charitable and tax advantages of your private foundation. Filled with straightforward guidance, author Bruce Hopkins?a leading authority on the laws regulating private foundations?demystifies this topic for you and your board members with practical legal information in easy-to-understand English.

Nonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities

Nonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Virginia C. Gross, Thomas J. Schenkelberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2011

A hands-on guide to the most pertinent and critical legal issues facing those who lead and manage tax-exempt colleges and universities Nonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities is a practical, accessible guide to nonprofit law as it is specifically applicable to exempt colleges and universities, and their related entities, such as fundraising foundations, endowment funds, supporting organizations, for-profit subsidiaries, and limited liability companies. * Topics discussed will include governance, endowment funds management, the annual reporting requirements, and the unrelated business rules * Written by the country's leading authorities on tax-exempt organizations * Features essential, practical legal information in easy-to-understand English * Presented in question-and-answer format, divided according to major topic areas that are of interest to those who lead and manage tax-exempt colleges and universities Designed for the management and leadership of colleges and universities, as well as others working in the higher education field, such as lawyers, accountants, and fundraising/development personnel, Nonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities allows readers to easily search for and find answers to questions, putting all the information they need right at their fingertips.

Fundraising Law Made Easy

Fundraising Law Made Easy

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2009

The ins and outs of fundraising law-made easy-from nonprofit law authority Bruce Hopkins Author Bruce R. Hopkins-a leading authority on the laws regulating fundraising-offers essential, practical legal information in easy-to-understand English. His practical tips and red flags provide useful advice and present critical information in an efficient and comprehensible fashion. Now your organization can be fully informed about the basic legal requirements affecting fundraising and avoid the perils lurking in the myriad tax-law traps. Fundraising Law Made Easy clearly shows you how, with everything you need to know about * The fundraising process* State charitable solicitation acts* Federal tax charitable giving rules* Requirements of the new Form 990* How constitutional law, governance, and IRS audit practices pertain to charitable fundraising* Expert advice from Bruce Hopkins, the author of more than 20 books on nonprofit counsel, including The New Form 990 and Charitable Giving Law Made Easy Mandatory reading whether you are a charitable organization development officer, fundraising consultant, a trustee, or a director, Fundraising Law Made Easy illuminates the rules surrounding charitable giving, and authoritatively and thoroughly guides you through every aspect of its laws.

The Tax Law of Unrelated Business for Nonprofit Organizations

The Tax Law of Unrelated Business for Nonprofit Organizations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2009

Get comprehensive, detailed guidance on the tax law of unrelated businesses for tax-exempt organizations, written by the leading expert in the field The Tax Law of Unrelated Business for Nonprofit Organizations has everything you need to help you understand and interpret the general rules, modifications, and exceptions of the tax law of unrelated business for nonprofit organizations-including the unrelated debt-financed income rules, commercial activities, use of separate entities, and reporting requirements. This comprehensive resource equips you to fully analyze your organization's operations from the unrelated business perspective. You'll focus on details pertaining to the unrelated business income tax return (Form 990-T) and its many schedules. In addition, you'll get six appendices and tables to help round out your analysis. This authoritative guide explores every facet of tax law applicable to unrelated business for nonprofit organizations, including the rules governing: Publishing Advertising Corporate sponsorships Gift shops Restaurants and cafes List rentals and exchanges Trade shows Travel tours Real property development Research programs Gambling and gaming Endorsements Convenience businesses Foreign source income This must-have resource is filled with explanations and illustrations and hands-on guidance from Bruce R. Hopkins, the leading authority in nonprofit law. Its in-depth information shows you how to thoroughly and authoritatively manage unrelated business activities and protect your organization's tax-exempt status.