The Interesting IRS Man

The Interesting IRS Man

On Tuesday, October 16th, the Community Foundation and the American Society of Women Accountants – Marion Chapter co-hosted a dinner and speaker for local accountants, CPAs, and non-profits.  Stuart Sobel, former IRS agent and tax and non-profit consultant, engaged – YES, ENGAGED – the group for an hour with his thoughts about “The State of Charity in the World: The Good, Bad, and Ugly.” (

Currently, non-profits in large part are not monitored very well by the IRS.  It’s relatively easy to obtain a 501(c)(3) status, even for a purpose that duplicates other great programs.  Mr. Sobel asked, “Why not partner with a current great purpose rather than go through the paperwork and cost of starting another non-profit for the same great purpose?”

Last year 400,000 non-profit orgs failed.  What helps an organization succeed?  Engaged, educated board members; strategic plans; realistic budgets; excellent team/staff; a well-written, complete 990; and a focused purpose- just to name a few things.  

If you as a board member or team member don’t believe in and love the organization’s mission and goals, you shouldn’t be involved with that organization. Consider George Bernard Shaw’s words…

True Joy ~ George Bernard Shaw, 1902
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose 
recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making me happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole 
community and, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, 
for the harder I work the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no brief candle to me.  
It is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
 before handing it on to future generations.   
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