MEDIA ALERT: GuideStar Hosts Free Webinar on New Due Diligence Measures Required of Grantmakers

Release date: September 22, 2010

What: Please join us for the free webinar, "Grantmaker Due Diligence in the Pension Protection Act Era: How to Identify Supporting Organizations and Align Your Grants Administration Process with the 21st-Century Tax Code."

Who: Host: GuideStar USA, Inc.—the leading source of nonprofit information

Suzanne Ross McDowell, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Pamela Jowdy, Senior Product Manager, GuideStar USA, Inc.

Attendees: Private foundations, sponsoring organizations of donor-advised funds

Live Tweeting Encouraged: @GuideStarUSA encourages you to connect with other webinar participants, submit your questions to the host and speaker, and follow the online conversation by live tweeting using the identifier #grantmakerdd.

Where: Space is limited! Register online today by visiting, clicking on "GuideStar Webinars," and then "Register Now."

When: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
1:00-2:15 p.m. ET

Why: The Pension Protection Act of 2006 imposes new excise taxes on private foundations and sponsors of donor-advised funds for making grants to certain types of supporting organizations. This GuideStar-hosted webinar features expert Suzanne Ross McDowell, a national legal expert on nonprofit governance and tax issues, and Pamela Jowdy, a product management vigilante, who will address grantmaker concerns, including:

  • How can I verify that a potential grantee is tax exempt?
  • How can I determine if a potential grantee is a supporting organization?
  • What about 509(a)(3) organizations that are Types I, II, or III?
  • Are there best practices concerning determination of functional integration for Type III supporting organizations?
  • What are the practical implications of Revenue Procedure 2009-32, and how might they affect my grantmaking operations and compliance practices?

The webinar will review the IRS tax code, IRS Revenue Procedure 2009-32, and corresponding pre-grant due-diligence best practices. It will also cover different online and manual options for charity verification, including GuideStar Charity Check. There will be a brief question and answer session at the end of the webinar.

About GuideStar

GuideStar,—the premier source of nonprofit data-connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media.

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