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Tennessee nonprofits proliferate as regulations lag

IRS data shows a jump of 37% in small non-profit formations between 2016 and 2022 in Tennessee. With very few filing or reporting requirements, spotting fraud is almost impossible. WUOT talked with some nonprofit experts about the legal origins of the problem, and how consumers can protect themselves from donating to the wrong charity.

Melanie is WUOT’s interim news director and Professor of Practice in journalism at the University of Tennessee, where she has taught reporting, editing and media entrepreneurship since 2012. Before teaching, Melanie worked for Bloomberg News for 11 years in a variety of cities and roles, from managing the multimedia desk to producing television. In between her journalism jobs, Melanie worked as director of information services at Opera America, putting her M.A. in musicology, from Montreal’s McGill University, to good use.