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501 (c) (3) Not-for-Profit

A 501(c)(3) organization is a nonprofit entity recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. This designation is specifically reserved for charitable, religious, educational, scientific, and certain other organizations that operate for the benefit of the public. The primary characteristic of a 501(c)(3) organization is its tax-exempt status, which means it is generally exempt from federal income tax. Additionally, donors to such organizations may be eligible for tax deductions for their contributions.


One key feature of 501(c)(3) organizations is their commitment to serving the public interest. These organizations must adhere to strict guidelines regarding their activities, ensuring that they are exclusively focused on charitable purposes and do not engage in excessive political or lobbying activities. They typically operate with a mission-driven approach, seeking to make a positive impact on society. Governance structures may vary, but a board of directors is a common element responsible for overseeing the organization's activities.


While enjoying tax benefits and the ability to receive tax-deductible donations, 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to regulations that ensure they fulfill their charitable mission. This includes filing annual informational returns with the IRS to maintain their tax-exempt status. Overall, 501(c)(3) organizations play a crucial role in addressing social issues, promoting education, and contributing to the betterment of communities.


Our office represents multiple 501(c)(3) organizations and serves on the board of directors for some of the organizations we represent. We assist our clients in navigating the numerous requirements for 501 orgs and ensure that they grow in a way consistent with IRS requirements.


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