Nonprofits that engage, or are thinking about engaging, in lobbying and political activities need to know what the tax laws will allow. Charities are limited by 501(c)(3) in the amount of legislative lobbying they may conduct, and absolutely prohibited from participating or intervening in an election for public office, while organizations exempt under other sections of the Internal Revenue Code like social welfare organizations, unions, and trade associations are unlimited in lobbying and may engage in some candidate electoral activity (but may be subject to tax on expenditures for these purposes). Private foundations are prohibited from lobbying entirely, and must ensure any lobbying conducted by their grantees is not attributed to them. As one of a few centers of legal expertise in the United States, Adler & Colvin has built a national reputation for advising charities and other nonprofits about the complex tax laws that regulate lobbying and political activities they conduct. We coordinate our representation with election law attorneys as needed.
This letter could be important in the event that a Model C fiscal sponsor disburses grant funds for the benefit of a grantee, not by cash grants to the grantee, but by writing checks directly to the grantee’s vendors.
Short form of Fiscal Sponsorship Grant Agreement between a fiscal sponsor and a Model C fiscally sponsored project.
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