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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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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm EDT

Nonprofits should consider every year an election year. And every session of the Congress, state legislature, or local government offers the possibility of public policy change that can significantly affect the work of nonprofit organizations.

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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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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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Auctions. Sponsorships. Lotteries. Reporting. Charities utilizing events to raise funds for their program have struggled for years to stay compliant with the law.

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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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This 24 page pdf contains our two Bylaws Ready Reference Pages: Bylaws Function as “Constitution” Of Nonprofit Corporations and Sole Member Bylaws Can Protect Founder of Nonprofit

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Although the climate for enforcement has been altered, charities are still prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates.

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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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This 7 page pdf contains our two Ready Reference Pages on lobbying & electioneering: Lobbying Rules Create Opportunity for Charities and IRS Guidance Has Not Changed on Electioneering.

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Arbitrary end of service assures that organizations lose some of their best talent
 

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Act expands prudent investment standards, changes authority to spend portions of endowment
 

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Income generating activity is "unrelated" if it does not "contribute substantially" to the exempt purpose
 

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Private foundations may make grants to groups which are not public charities if they exercise "expenditure responsibility" in approving, monitoring grants
 

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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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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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A simple one-page document can formalize the relationship, help reduce potential for liability, and give a graceful way to decline help from problem people.

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Nonprofits come in many different shapes and sizes; they will be more effective if their governing instruments reflect the constituencies which must be represented to make them work

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Act reduces standard of liability to gross negligence, flagrant indifference

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

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

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