Academic Institutions Initiative – Exempt Organizations Partners with Academic Institutions Training Non-Profit Sector Leaders
In 2009, IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) established its Academic Institutions Initiative to work with educational entities that work to develop, cultivate and promote professionals who shape the non-profit sector. Our goal is to help prepare the non-profit leaders of the future by providing consistent training about federal tax law responsibilities.
EO hosts workshops for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations in conjunction with academic host institutions.
- Summer Volunteer Opportunity
As part of this initiative, two or three graduate student volunteers interested in nonprofit management or policy will work in the IRS exempt organizations office as student volunteers. Students will have a unique opportunity to see how tax-exempt organizations handle their tax responsibilities. The graduate student volunteer program will broaden our reach to interact with a new generation of non-profit leaders. EO hopes to gain a better understanding of current non-profit education while offering students the chance to deepen their knowledge base and become familiar with Federal tax provisions that govern exempt organizations. For more information, see our Student Volunteer Fact Sheet.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Summer student volunteer program. To apply, submit the required application form on or before April 5, 2013.
- Work Plan
The 2010 EO Annual Report and 2011 Work Plan explains the history and activities of the Initiative and highlights its key role in external stakeholder collaboration.
In establishing the initiative, EO sought input from the academic sector. A kick-off meeting in 2009 generated a number of helpful ideas from educational institutions. In 2010, EO began implementing those recommendations by placing resources for educators on StayExempt.IRS.gov, co-sponsoring workshops, and identifying and collaborating with existing educational networks, such as the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.