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Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of A Charitable Organization, Third Edition

  • Elizabeth Schmidt
  • Allen Madison
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In a concise and readable format, Nonprofit Law, Third Edition provides up-to-date information about the legal issues that can arise at every turn of a Section 501(c)(3) organization—from inception to termination. The book is designed to satisfy the highest academic requirements for law, business, and public policy students and to provide a helpful desk reference to practicing nonprofit professionals. It uses cases, hypothetical questions, and examples from current events to explore the corporate, tax, and other regulatory issues that nonprofit managers, board members and their lawyers ultimately face.

New to the Third Edition:

  • The implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020) for nonprofit organizations
  • Up-to-date analysis of nonprofit issues in the news, such as breaches of fiduciary duties, impermissible political activity, and nonprofit bankruptcies
  • Introduction of some older cases, which provide background for the more modern cases
  • Updated statistics throughout the book

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • A practical approach that that does not assume earlier background with tax, trusts, or corporations
  • Cradle to grave organization of topics
  • Consideration of the theory behind the rules and their public policy implications
  • Notes, questions, and problems in each chapter that add context to the text
  • All relevant statutes and regulations are within the text
  • Optional exercises for creating a virtual nonprofit, which become the basis for further hypothetical questions
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About the authors
Elizabeth Schmidt

Elizabeth Schmidt is Professor of Practice in the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches in the areas of Nonprofit Law and Management and Social and Environmental Enterprises. Previous teaching positions have been at George Mason University, Vermont Law School, and William and Mary Law School. She was also the Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason. Schmidt has also been a corporate litigator, legal counsel for GuideStar, a manager of educational outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, and a management consultant for nonprofit organizations. At both Colonial Williamsburg and GuideStar, she developed mission-related and revenue-producing programs. As a management consultant, she wrote strategic plans, helped organizations improve governance, guided organizations through transitions, and led seminars on legal and managerial issues facing nonprofits. She also authored several community assessments and helped communities determine how best to meet their goals. Professor Schmidt has authored articles related to nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as a casebook on nonprofit law, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization. She has also written about the emerging area of social enterprise. Professor Schmidt received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Stanford University, where she was a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review.

Allen Madison
Professor of Law
University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

Allen Madison is Professor of Law at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law. He teaches in the area of tax law (including Nonprofit Law) and securities regulation. He is a director of the South Dakota nonprofit corporation, Literally only Literary. Professor Madison has also taught at Georgetown University, University of Navarra, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming. Prior to academia, Professor Madison practiced tax law focusing on disputes with the IRS. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He has also served as chair of the Young Lawyers Forum Committee of the ABA’s Tax Section and received a Nolan Fellow award from the Tax Section.

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