Session 1: Understanding the 501(c) and Governmental Entity Universe - An overview of the various types of tax-exempt organizations from 501(c)(3) public charities and private foundations to governmental organizations and beyond.
Session 2: The Forms 990: 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, 990-PF & 990-T - Learn how to determine which form is required to be filed based on your organization's structure and size, and discuss the differences and similarities between the forms to understand the requirements for filing.
Session 3: IRS Audits - An IRS audit won’t happen to my organization, you say—until it does. Audit preparedness should be at the center of any good compliance regime for a Section 501(c)(3) public charity or private foundation, whether you’re audited this year or in 2030. Review the basics of an IRS audit and gain practical advice on preparing for, understanding, managing, and ultimately surviving the audit process.
Session 4: Perspectives from Former Regulators on Charitable Oversight - Gain insight into expectations of the IRS and State Office of the Attorney General in the context of operations and management, board duties, and compliance review. Plus, hear tips on communicating positively and effectively on behalf of nonprofit organizations.
Session 5: Governance and Fiduciary Issues for Charitable Organizations in the Age of Crisis - This panel will consider prudent nonprofit decision-making in a period of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include the decision-making boundaries between and among the board, board committees, and management; the role of formal delegations of authority to manage rapidly changing circumstances; the use of enhanced endowment draws, lines of credit, furloughs, cash-flow analyses, and iterative budgeting to manage shut-downs and other revenue challenges; the establishment and maintenance of morale and good will among staff, board members and other volunteers; and the reassessment of policies and procedures in anticipation of the next crisis.
Session 6: Violations of Chapter 42: How to Identify, Correct, and Report While Minimizing Audit Risks - Focus on the Chapter 42 excise tax regime applicable to private foundations and the strategic and compliance issues and considerations relating to identifying, managing, reporting, and correcting such transactions.
Session 7: Navigating Self-Dealing and Conflicts of Interest in an Increasingly Interconnected Environment - Gain tools and ideas to avoid self-dealing penalties for private foundations. The code provision has some flexibility and exceptions for compensation, co-investing, and family offices, but once an impermissible deal occurs, the cash or property involved must be returned and the penalty cannot be abated. Reasonable cause concepts don’t apply!
Session 8: The Sky is Not Falling: Tools for Managing Risk - A discussion on understanding, planning for, managing, and funding risk by focusing on practical tools public charities can use.
Session 9: Advocacy, Activism, and Equity - Discuss issues confronted by public charities and their private foundation donors in supporting social movements and advocacy. Topics will include grantmaking related to racial justice and DEI efforts; advocacy and activism vs. lobbying and civil disobedience; and political activity, particularly in connection with 501(c)(3)/501(c)(4) coalitions.
Session 10: UBTI Therapy Session: Practical Approaches to Tax Reform and UBTI Compliance - UBIT compliance has become much more challenging post-tax reform. Focus on practical methods of addressing those challenges, including obtaining expenses and gathering other data associated with employee parking, separating UBTI into silos, and finding offsets to mitigate additional UBIT.
Session 11: Cybersecurity During a Pandemic: What To Do Now To Help Protect Your Organization Against Cyberattack - Organizational cybersecurity is a significant challenge in normal times. During the pandemic, with limited resources and geographically dispersed staff, including IT and information security personnel, the challenge can feel insurmountable. Discuss the current elevated threat landscape and ways in which nonprofits can improve and bolster their defenses to cyber-attacks, despite the ongoing workplace burdens associated with COVID-19.
Session 12: Investigations in Today's Woke Workplace - A veteran workplace investigator shares critical tips for ensuring that every complaint investigation is thorough, in good faith, and reliable in the midst of the #MeToo movement, instant social media postings, and polarizing employee relations issues.