Bruce R. Hopkins is a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, with the firm of Polsinelli Shalton Welte, P.C., having previously practiced law in Washington, D.C., for 26 years. He specializes in the representation of charitable and other nonprofit organizations, including private foundations. His practice ranges over the entirety of legal matters involving nonprofit organizations, with emphasis on legal matters pertaining to private foundations, fundraising law issues, charitable giving (including planned giving), the formation of nonprofit organizations, acquisition of recognition of tax-exempt and public charity status, unrelated business planning, application of intermediate sanctions, use of nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries, and review of annual information returns. Mr. Hopkins served as chair of the Committee on Exempt Organizations, Tax Section, American Bar Association; chair, Section of Taxation, National Association of College and University Attorneys; and president, Planned Giving Study Group of Greater Washington, D.C. He was accorded the Assistant Commissioner's (IRS) Award in 1984. Mr. Hopkins is the series editor of Wiley's Nonprofit Law, Finance, and Management Series. In addition to Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, Second Edition, he is the author of The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Eighth Edition; Planning Guide for the Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations Strategies and Commentaries; The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Second Edition; The Law of Fundraising, Third Edition; The First Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers; The Second Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers; The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law; The Law of Intermediate Sanctions: A Guide for Nonprofits; The Legal Answer Book for Nonprofit Organizations; The Second Legal Answer Book for Nonprofit Organizations; The Nonprofit Law Dictionary; Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization; A Legal Guide, Fourth Edition; and is the co-author, with Jody Blazek, of The Legal Answer Book for Private Foundations; and with Thomas K. Hyatt, of The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations, Second Edition. He also writes Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel, a monthly newsletter, published by John Wiley & Sons. Mr. Hopkins earned his J.D. and LL.M. degrees at George Washington University and his B.A. at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the state of Missouri. Jody Blazek is a partner in Blazek & Vetterling, LLP, a Houston CPA firm focusing on tax and financial services for exempt organizations and the individuals who create, fund, and work with them. BV serves over 250 nonprofit organizations, providing financial reports and tax compliance and planning services. Jody began her professional career at KPMG, then Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. Her concentration on exempt organizations began in 1969 when she was assigned to study the Tax Reform Act that completely revamped the taxation of charities and created private foundations. From 1972 to 1981, she gained nonprofit management experience as treasurer of the Menil Interests, where she worked with John and Dominique de Menil to plan the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel, and other projects of the Menil Foundation. She reentered public practice in 1981 to found the firm she now serves. She is the author of five books in the Wiley Nonprofit Series: IRS Form 990 Tax Preparation Guide for Nonprofits (2004); Tax Planning and Compliance for Tax-Exempt Organizations, Fourth Edition (2004); Financial Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (1996); and Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, Second Edition (2003) and The Legal Answer Book for Private Foundations (2002), both co-authored with Bruce R. Hopkins. Jody is immediate past-chair of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Resource Panel and a member of Form 1023 and 99 Revision Task Forces for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, on the national editorial board of Tax Analysts' The Exempt Organization Tax Review and the AICPA's The Tax Advisor, and the Volunteer Service Committee of the Houston Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. She is a founding director of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and a member of the board of the Anchorage Foundations, Houston Artists Fund, and the River Pierce Foundation. She is a frequent speaker at nonprofit symposia, including the AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference; University of Texas Law School Nonprofit Organizations Institute; Texas, New York, and Washington State CPA Societies' Nonprofit Conferences; Institute for Board Development; and Nonprofit Resource Center's Nonprofit Legal and Accounting Institute, among others. Blazek received her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964 and studied federal taxation at South Texas School of Law. She and her husband, David Crossley, nurture two sons, Austin and Jay Blazek Crossley.
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