A nonprofit organization that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes may be deemed a public charity (and not a private foundation) under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in one of three principal ways.
The Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute (ILSB) is a feminist Mexican NGO that has worked for the last 17 years to strengthen social leadership and citizen participation. Its focus is on bringing about justice, equity, and gender equality in society by helping feminist leaders influence national and regional policies. ILSB's policy agenda focuses on fulfilling women's human rights and demanding accountability for gender equality.
Semillas (Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer) is a Mexican women's fund with over 25 years of experience partnering with local women's groups. The organization believes that the leadership of grassroots women in local development processes is essential to achieving lasting social change.
As TechSoup's senior director of global data services, Kyle Reis works on NGOsource's strategic planning and outreach to international funders. He has been involved since the very beginning of NGOsource as an original member of the NGOsource Advisory Council that helped develop the concept.
As mentioned in our prior post, a nonprofit organization that is organized and operated for charitable purposes may be deemed a public charity (and not a private foundation) if it falls into one of three primary categories.
The ongoing conflict in Syria has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises since World War II. In situations like these, higher education is typically deprioritized, leaving entire generations uneducated, developmentally disadvantaged, and not able to contribute to their society's recovery. If quality education is provided during times of conflict and disaster, however, it provides a sense of normalcy, resiliency, and hope for the future. This can ultimately save people from the vulnerabilities that manifest in a crisis situation.
All nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (known as 501(c)(3) organizations) are charitable. However, not all 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to the same rules.
Persons with disabilities and their representative organizations have historically found themselves with limited access to both advanced educational opportunities* and the capacity-building resources they need to influence policies and legislation. The International Disability Alliance (IDA), an alliance of eight global and six regional organizations of persons with disabilities, is working to change this.
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What's in a Name? Nonprofit vs. Charity
A common source of confusion in both the United States and other countries is the difference between a nonprofit organization and a charitable organization. While these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they have different meanings under U.S. tax law. Generally, nonprofit status is a concept of state corporate law, and charity status — or what is charitable — is a concept of federal tax law.
What Is Nonprofit: It Depends on the State