Charitable Organizations

Charitable organizations are organizations that have an educational, cultural, religious, or social welfare or other purpose that is defined by law. In the United States, they are generally governed by both state law to establish the organization and by federal law to assess the charitable purpose and tax-exempt eligibility. It is possible to be a nonprofit organization (or nonprofit corporation or limited liability company [LLC]—these terms are used interchangeably in this entry and are in common use today, although there are some differences) that is recognized as such under the laws of a state but not be a tax-exempt organization under federal law. Becoming a tax-exempt charitable organization is a two-government process. Many food organizations that work to fight hunger, to create sustainable food ...

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