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The Future of Non-Profits & Politics

Nonprofit organizations have played an important role in America's history, but that role may soon be redefined as the IRS seeks to reform the tax code provision that gives life to these organizations. Currently, a nonprofit organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code can engage in politics and remain tax-exempt if more than half of its money and time is spent on "social welfare activities." As a result, especially in recent years, several nonprofit organizations have entered into the political arena with big wallets and a set agenda, both on local and national stages - especially because political nonprofit organizations are permitted to keep donor names confidential. A study by the Center for Responsive Politics found that political spending by nonprofit organizations skyrocketed from less than $5.2 million in 2006 to more than $300 million in 2012. More >

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