The Writing Life 2000-2005

2000
In 2000, Wiley published The First Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers and The Second Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers. There were now 66 books in the Series.

This year also brought the first supplement to The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Seventh Edition; the first supplement to The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Second Edition; the third cumulative supplement to The Law of Fund-Raising, Second Edition; the second cumulative supplement to Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance; and the fourth cumulative supplement to The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations. Twelve issues of The Nonprofit Counsel also were published.

2001
In 2001, Wiley published Starting and Managing A Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide, Third Edition (softcover). Wiley also published The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations, Second Edition. The number of books in the Series became 68.

This year also brought the first cumulative supplement to The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Seventh Edition; the fourth cumulative supplement to The Law of Fund-Raising, Second Edition; the first cumulative supplement to The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Second Edition; and the third cumulative supplement to Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance. Twelve issues of The Nonprofit Counsel also were published.

As this year wound to a close, I was working on five books simultaneously: new editions of the exempt organizations and fundraising book, another legal answer book, a book about Internet communications law, and a book about intermediate sanctions (now that the regulations were about to be published in final form).

2002
This year brought publication of The Nonprofits’ Guide to Internet Communications Law (hardcover); The Law of Fundraising, Third Edition (hardcover); and The Legal Answer Book for Private Foundations (softcover) (with Jody Blazek). The number of books in the Series now was 70.

This year also brought the second cumulative supplement to The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Seventh Edition; the second cumulative supplement to The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Second Edition; and fourth cumulative supplement to Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance. Twelve issues of The Nonprofit Counsel also were published.

This year ended with a finishing up of the intermediate sanctions book (to be published in January 2003), ongoing work on the 8th edition of the exempt organizations book (to be published in April 2003), beginning work on the 2nd edition of the private foundations book, submission of the text of the supplement for The Law of Fundraising, beginning work on the supplement for the healthcare book, and the beginnings of a new book (the subject, for now, a secret).

At the behest of the publisher, The Nonprofit Counsel has been wholly reformatted beginning in 2003. The title of the newsletter will be Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel.

2003
This year brought publication of The Law of Intermediate Sanctions: A Guide for Nonprofits; The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Eighth Edition; Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, Second Edition; and the 2004 Cumulative Supplement for The Tax Law of Charitable Giving.

Work is underway on the supplements for The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, The Law of Fundraising, and The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations.

An enormous amount of time during this year was devoted to the development of a new book This book went into production on December 24. The working title is The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations Planning Guide: Strategies and Commentaries. It is to be published in late spring 2004.

Twelve issues of Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel were written.

2004
The year began with completion of the page proofs for the 2004 Cumulative Supplement to The Law of Fundraising (3rd ed.).

A considerable amount of time was spent late last year and early this year on writing the 2004 supplement to The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations (8th ed.).

Also, during the first part of the year, time was spent writing the 2004 supplement for Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance (2nd ed.).

A major project that occupied most of 2004 was the writing of the third edition of The Tax Law of Charitable Giving. A special last-minute insert enabled the book to include law revisions caused by enactment of the American Jobs Creation Act and the Working Families Tax Relief Act.

On February 4, the text of the fourth edition of Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide was sent to Wiley. This book was published in the early fall.

Also in late March, the 2004 Cumulative Supplement to The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations was published.

July 9 brought a copy of the Planning Guide for The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations: Strategies and Commentaries.

Much of this summer was devoted to the writing of two books that Wiley asked me to write. One is a large question-and-answer book with the title 650 Essential Nonprofit Law Questions Answered. The year ended with this book evolving into page proofs.

The other idea from Wiley is a book to parallel Warren Ruppel's Not-for-Profit Accounting Made Easy. My book, which ended the year in page proofs, is Nonprofit Law Made Easy.

As October rolls to a close, I am simultaneously working on the supplements for The Law of Fundraising (3d ed.), The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations (2d ed.), and The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations (8th ed.).

Twelve issues of Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel were published (vol. 21).

2004 was a wonderful, productive year.

2005
On January 21, 2005, an advance copy of The Law of Charitable Giving, Third Edition, arrived.

The year began with completion of the page proofs of 650 Essential Nonprofit Law Questions Answered and Nonprofit Law Made Easy. By mid-January, everything was finished for those books (except the index for the latter).

Also by mid-January, everything but the backmatter was complete for the supplements for The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Eighth Edition, and The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations, Second Edition.

This meant that April was quite a month. The supplements for the Exempt Organizations, Healthcare Organizations, and Fundraising books were published. The month also brought publication of Nonprofit Law Made Easy and 650 Questions.

During March and April, considerable work was done on the supplement to Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance. All material was submitted by April 27. Editing of the manuscript was completed on May 31. Advance copies of this supplement arrived on July 29.

Wiley accepted a proposal of mine for a new book, secret as of now. (It is a spin-off of a portion of The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, so much work will be involved with the tables.) Work on that was underway in earnest during this year. Facing a May 1 deadline for the manuscript, it was submitted on April 25. The page proofs arrived on July 29; they have been reviewed and submitted; awaiting an advance copy of this book. [It can now be revealed: The book referenced in this paragraph is The Tax Law of Unrelated Business for Nonprofit Organizations, which published in late January of 2006.]

Wiley and I have decided on two other books. I had planned to get started on one of them in May but work on the tables for the previously mentioned book prevented that. I have been plugging away on the first of these, however, which has a deadline of year-end. The other book has a deadline of April 30, 2006.

Among the projects of the summer was work on the first supplement for the third edition of The Tax Law of Charitable Giving. That is finished; the page proofs have been reviewed and submitted; awaiting a copy of the supplement.

September was given over to writing the 2006 cumulative supplement to the third edition of The Law of Fundraising. That manuscript was submitted on October 1; the page proofs have been reviewed and submitted; awaiting a copy of the supplement.

Late summer brought commencement of the 2006 cumulative supplement to the eighth edition of The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations. That has been submitted; awaiting the check-of-edit. I have written considerably more material since that has been submitted.

The rest of the year was spent feverishly working on the book with the year-end deadline. I won't make it but should be able to submit the manuscript during the first week of 2006.

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