Nonprofit Law/animal nonprofit


Thank you for taking my question...April 28, 2012 a women willed me 24,710.00 for animals but I had to be a 501c non profit org.,which I was not so I asked an animal org that had 501c status for over 30yrs.  No stimulation were made by the deceased only the monies had to get to an animal group.  I submitted all 2012 and 2013 receipts for animal food, litter and vet visits to try to get reimbursed which total approx. 8,000.  I was told by the tres. of the 501c that was not possible after many back and forth e-mails for three weeks they sent a check for 1,710.00 for part of 2013 petsmart receipts.  I asked them to also set up accounts with three vets, as of today only one has been set up leaving with me with no emergency vets.  I was also told by the tres. that I would be sent gift cards for petsmart. None of this has happened and the check was dated July 25 2012, and written out to only my first initial and last name, there's a hold on the check for two weeks.  Please help my animals are suffering.  I no longer have monies to front for vet bills, food etc.  Thank Josi Tozzi

Sorry to receive news of your problems, Josi, but it appears that you do not have a signed grant agreement with the organization and, without such a contract, you are pretty much at the whim of the organization and its officers.

I am not sure what the exact wording was in the will of the deceased, but it is contradictory for a will to state that money would go to an individual and also a 501(c)(3) organization at the same time.

Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law -

P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.  

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DO NOT GIVE ME INFORMATION THAT YOU WANT KEPT CONFIDENTIAL. I am an attorney and I volunteer time to answer general questions about U.S. Federal income tax issues of nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charities only. Those questions could be about establishing and maintaining legal requirements for such non-profit organizations in the United States, including Internal Revenue service filings and requirements. I will not be working on this free forum to answer questions about Nonprofit's possible unrelated or for-profit businesses or how to fill out forms. This forum is only for general questions about federal tax law, not as the law applies to your specific situation. If you do not make your question public then I will not be spending much of my donated time on answers that would not benefit the public. If you have other questions, please contact me at I will reply from my email. In any case, do not reveal confidential information to me until after I have contracted with you to provide personal legal services. My responses on this forum are intended to be general statements of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice, and do not create an attorney/client relationship. For me to consider your individual situation and how the law applies, I would need to gather extensive information about the situation. To search my previous answers you can do a Google search by "" without the quotes and then add your search terms before hitting enter.


I have been practicing law and especially the law of nonprofit organizations since 1990 when I was admitted to the New York Bar and I have maintained my status with the Bar since that time.


B.S. Columbia University in New York City, 1970

J.D. (Law Degree) Brooklyn Law School, 1990 -- Cum Laude.

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