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Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization, Second Edition

Elizabeth Schmidt


  • ISBN: 9781454879961

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    In a concise and readable format, Nonprofit Law, 2nd Edition provides up-to-date information about the legal issues that can arise at every turn—from inception to termination—of a Section 501(c)(3) organization. This second edition continues and builds upon the comprehensive features of the first edition, including:

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    Summary of Contents
    Unit I. Starting the Nonprofit Organization
    1. Introduction to the Law of Charitable Organizations
    2. Starting the Organization at the State Level
    3. The Board of Directors and the Governance Role
    4. Tax-Exempt Purposes of §501(c)(3) Organizations
    Unit II. Raising Money
    5. Charitable Contributions
    6. Charitable Solicitation
    7. Private Foundations and Their Alternatives
    8. Raising Funds From Commercial Activities
    Unit III. Issues While Running the Organization
    9. Inurement, Private Benefit, And Excess Benefit Transactions
    10. Complex Commercial Transactions
    11. Lobbying And Political Campaign Activities
    12. Accountability
    Unit IV. Ending the Organization
    13. Ending the Organization: Dissolution, Merger, And Conversion
    Table of Cases
    Table of Statutes
  • Author Information

    Elizabeth Schmidt

    Elizabeth Schmidt is Professor of Practice in the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches in the areas of Nonprofit Law and Management and Social and Environmental Enterprises. Previous teaching positions have been at George Mason University, Vermont Law School, and William and Mary Law School. She was also the Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason.

    Schmidt has also been a corporate litigator, legal counsel for GuideStar, a manager of educational outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, and a management consultant for nonprofit organizations. At both Colonial Williamsburg and GuideStar, she developed mission-related and revenue-producing programs. As a management consultant, she wrote strategic plans, helped organizations improve governance, guided organizations through transitions, and led seminars on legal and managerial issues facing nonprofits. She also authored several community assessments and helped communities determine how best to meet their goals.

    Professor Schmidt has authored articles related to nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as a casebook on nonprofit law, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization. She has also written about the emerging area of social enterprise.

    Professor Schmidt received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Stanford University, where she was a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review.

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