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Ever have a quick nonprofit question that you think should be discussed with a lawyer? Not ready to hire counsel? Consider an Ask Don Kramer call.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm EDT

Because most charity Form 990 tax information returns are instantly available on the Internet, they can be an organization's most important public relations document. 

They can also be traps for the unwary that lead to confusion, serious adverse publicity, media inquiries, and governmental sanctions. This session will view the full (long form) Form 990 from the perspectives of a donor and a regulator and discuss best practices for using the Form as a tool to provide transparency on an organization's operations. 

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We all know what a charitable gift is — or at least we think we do.  But the rules on giving and deducting are actually pretty complicated.  

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This webinar will discuss those issues with particular emphasis on the limitations on lobbying and electioneering by charities.  It will also offer practical advice on setting up relationships with legislators so that your voice can be heard when an issue is pending that can affect your work.

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The right to appoint and remove directors and veto any amendments to governing documents is critical to control of the organization.

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Bylaws of a nonprofit Corporation should not simply be taken “off the shelf” and adopted by the organization.

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Intermediate Sanctions statute imposes tax on "disqualified persons" who receive more from a transaction with a nonprofit than they give in return.
 

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Disqualified persons and foundation managers can be personally liable for excise taxes for certain transactions even where it is clear that the foundation has suffered no loss
 

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There are many ways to advocate for public policy goals without going beyond the limitations of the Tax Code

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Since boards fear taking on known and unknown liabilities, most “mergers” are really changes in control rather than statutory mergers
 

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Pension Protection Act imposed new limitations but absolute control of foundations has costs and other limits

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Members are protected from individual liability for obligations of the association

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State laws and IRS require certain provisions; including additional terms is primarily a matter of style

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Section 509(a) sets the rules for qualification as public charities; the rules are significantly different for 509(a)(1) and 509(a)(2)

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Donors may deduct only the amount of the payment in excess of the value of the goods or services received

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Terminology obscures distinctions that are critical to understanding the rules that apply to organizations

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Payments will be considered charitable contributions where there is no arrangement that the sponsor will receive ‘any substantial return benefit in exchange for the payment’

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The Pension Protection Act of 2006 imposed significant new limitations on activities

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Because most charity Form 990 tax information returns are instantly available on the Internet, they can be an organization's most important public relations document. 

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This presentation addresses the art and science of drafting bylaws. Well-written and formulated bylaws help shape power relationships within a nonprofit organization; provide unambiguous procedures to prevent disputes; and reduce the risks of litigation. Bylaws should provide answers, not raise questions.

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Have you been wondering if you’re doing enough about the risks facing your nonprofit? Are conversations about risk starting to crop up on board meeting agendas? This webinar will introduce and explore risk management.

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Donors must obtain acknowledgment from charity for gifts worth $250 or more, must file Form 8283 for gifts of property over $500, with appraisal over $5,000
 

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Join us for an interactive discussion of ethical issues for nonprofit lawyers, directors and executives.  Are the “rules” for dealing with ethical issues different for lawyers than for non-lawyer directors or executives?  

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With pressure mounting on nonprofits to consider affiliations with other organizations, this webinar is designed to help you better navigate the world of mergers, acquisitions and affiliations. 

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Editor Don Kramer will review the 2019 developments in nonprofit law. 

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Charities raising funds through special events or other activities that involve sponsorships, auctions, lotteries, or thank-you gifts must deal with a variety of technical legal requirements in advertising, calculating, and acknowledging the money. This webinar reviews those rules so that charities can comply with the interlocking requirements.

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Fiscal sponsorship is a time-honored method to spawn new charitable activity when the people with the vision and the energy to do the work do not have recognition of federal tax-exempt status. 

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Understanding the contents of policies - their opportunities and risks - can make your organization more effective.

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Charities that seek contributions nationally must typically register in 39 states and the District of Columbia before starting to solicit. Furthermore, for-profit fundraisers are also required to register and file their contracts and other documentation with many states. Since many states are increasing their enforcement efforts to ensure that charities and fundraisers are complying with initial and annual registration requirements, it's important that charities and fundraisers abide by these statutes.

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Nonprofit organizations will be subject to a series of significant new accounting standards that will begin to affect their financial statements beginning with fiscal years ending December 31, 2018.  

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Planned giving sounds complicated, with its CRUTs and CRATs, CLUTs and CLATS, CGAs, PIFs and other vehicles. It can be incredibly complicated, but it needn't be. Keeping it simple may be the best way to start a planned giving program for a charity that hasn't already put one in place.

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Financially squeezed nonprofits often seek to generate new revenue through new business ventures. But such efforts can carry serious legal, as well as economic, risks. 

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How do you gain the confidence of the people you work within the nonprofit world? Following clear, straightforward policies in working with donors, collaborators, employees and public officials can be immensely helpful.  This webinar will take a close look at five more key policies to help.

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Sexual harassment is not limited to Congress, the media and the entertainment industry.  It exists in every area of our society, including the nonprofit workplace.  

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This webinar will provide a high-level view of some of the major potential pitfalls for nonprofit organizations that can undercut your entire program.  You don’t want to deal with a governmental investigation or private litigation if you can avoid it.  And you want to be sure that you resolve the issues quickly and favorably if you can’t.  You don’t want to be diverted from pursuing your mission.

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If you are a donor, a grant-seeker, a philanthropic manager, or a professional adviser to any of them, you need to know the rules that distinguish various philanthropic structures.

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Cybersecurity is becoming a greater concern to nonprofit executives and their professional advisers as they read almost daily of some other organization that has suffered serious financial and reputational loss as the result of a data security breach.

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The world of commercial insurance is complex and always changing. It's no wonder that nonprofit managers, executives and board members often struggle trying to understand how coverage works and the process for obtaining comprehensive and affordable coverage.

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Clear gift acceptance policies can protect a charity from accepting a gift that will cost the charity far more than it is worth, and from personally insulting a potential donor whose collection of beer bottle caps you don't really want.

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By Karen Ibach & Don Kramer

Caitlyn Jenner may be one of the most famous transgender individuals in the United States, but she is not alone. With an estimate of 700,000 transgender people in the nation, the issues involving their employment, access to facilities, healthcare, education, and discrimination are increasingly in the forefront of the news. Are you ready to deal with these issues at your nonprofit?

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