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Cheryl Smith

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501(c)(3) Prohibited Activities

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Welcome to the course!

There are fundamental differences between a for-profit business and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization. A few very prominent differences are ownership, transparency, and IRS regulations. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is unique because it is not an entity that can be “owned.” It is exempt from tax on income generating activities that further its mission, and its donors can generally write off charitable contributions.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is established to further social good and not to enrich its founders, governing body, or other stakeholders. To ensure the sanctity of the organization remains Charitable, the IRS has established regulations for all 501(c)(3). And, the IRS will impose sanctions up to and including terminating the tax-exempt status of 501(c)(3) organizations that violate these regulations.

If you’d like to learn about some of the regulations that the IRS imposes on 501(c)(3), then you are in the right place!

Intended Audience

This course is designed for pre-startup, newly formed, and small to mid sized nonprofits. Suitable for all levels of experience.


Course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the difference between IRS Charitable Classification and IRS Exempt Purposes.
  • Identify four activities that may risk your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

At the conclusion of this course, it is our sincere hope that you feel inspired to lead the organization that you’ve always dreamed that you would one day lead. You have everything it takes to succeed. This course is just your reminder! 🙂

Onward & Upward!

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