June 01, 2017

Roger Colinvaux, professor, law, published an article in The Conversation on the difference between social welfare nonprofits and charities.


Hillary Clinton recently announced that she was setting up a new group called Onward Together, offering few details other than that it will support an array of progressive causes, such as Swing Left, Emerge America, Color of Change, Indivisible and Run for Something. Unlike the Clinton Foundation, which is a charity, Onward Together will operate as a social welfare organization.

But what exactly are social welfare nonprofits, what’s the difference between them and charities and how involved in politics can they get?

As a law professor who formerly served as counsel to the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, I am interested in the use of nonprofits to serve political purposes. I would like to explain why this kind of organization has become more popular – and more controversial. ...

Continue reading in The Conversation.