In an era when newspapers are filled with headlines about crackdowns on civil society, UK Citizens Online Democracy is working aggressively to open up and strengthen these spaces. Since 2003, the organization has run mySociety, a project that builds democratic and civic websites and apps in order to empower people to change their communities.
In a previous post, we introduced the concept of "nonprofit vs. charitable" under U.S. tax law. In this post, we will further expand on the definition of charitable, and will specifically focus on income-generating activities — a common source of confusion with respect to charitable activities.
We are thrilled to announce that Kevin Ryan will now assume the role of general manager for NGOsource. Kevin has done a fantastic job as NGOsource's director of operations and is now responsible for all systems, processes, and platforms related to NGOsource. He and the NGOsource operations team provide support and act as the infrastructure that enables NGOsource's legal team to process equivalency determinations with breakneck speed, unmatched depth, and exceptional quality.
On the eve of our 5th Anniversary, NGOsource would like to wish Sheila Warren, a key contributor to the development, launch and success of our program, all the best as she moves to a unique opportunity creating Blockchain policy at the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sheila will continue supporting TechSoup and NGOsource in an advisory role. We want to recognize Sheila’s myriad of contributions to NGOsource as this chapter closes and wish her much success in her new endeavor.
As part of TechSoup's global partner network, NGOsource's nine global partners assist NGOs in navigating the equivalency determination (ED) process. Support in local languages and time zones enables NGOs to better understand the specific requirements of the ED process and how NGOsource specifically works.
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.
Martha Lackritz Peltier
Senior Counsel, NGOsource