Regulatory issues

Readings and class materials for Thursday, September 15, 2022


  • Chapter 4 in Grobman, An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector (Grobman 2021)
  • Chapter 1 in W. Jeffrey Garson, Donald W. Kramer, and Roberta M. Snow, Nonprofit Leadership & the Law (Garson, Kramer, and Snow 2000) (the PDF for this is on iCollege under “Content”.)

Written response question

Why did Congress prohibit tax-exempt charities from engaging in partisan political activity? Are there reasons to think that this prohibition is unwise in every case? Why did Congress prohibit “substantial lobbying” rather than all lobbying? Why is some amount of nonprofit political lobbying okay? (Answer in ≈150 words.)

Team prep work

Write a statement arguing for or against whether your team’s nonprofit should be incorporated, have membership, and apply for tax-exempt status. You’ll spend class time coming to a consensus about incorporation and membership. (Answer in ≈75 words.)


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Garson, W. Jeffrey, Donald W. Kramer, and Roberta M. Snow. 2000. Nonprofit Leadership & the Law: A Handbook for Boards and Executives. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Grobman, Gary M. 2021. An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector: A Practical Approach for the Twenty-First Century. 6th ed. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: White Hat Communications.