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You can discuss your personal nonprofit legal questions directly with editor Don Kramer.  We can schedule a phone call at a mutually agreeable time, usually within two business days of your request.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm EDT
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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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By Tish Mogan & Don Kramer

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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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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Originally recorded - January 17, 2017 This is a pre-recorded webinar (audio file and program materials). Planning great things for your organization in the New Year? That’s wonderful. But you need to be sure that the basic underpinnings of your operations are in good shape.

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Every year is 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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Presented by Don Kramer & Karl Emerson

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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—especially since noncompliance can result in the imposition of significant fines and penalties.

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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. Unlike the corporate world, there are no financial "matchmakers" to help nonprofits identify successful partners for a merger.

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By Erin Gloeckner & Don Kramer

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The threat of a zombie apocalypse might be far-fetched, but an unmanaged crisis could be the apocalypse for your nonprofit.

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By Karen Ibach & Don Kramer

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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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Understanding the contents of policies - their opportunities and risks - can create more effectiveness in your organization. The Form 990 tax information return requires nonprofits to report whether they have a conflict of interest policy, a whistleblower policy, and a document retention and destruction policy. Potential donors, the media, and regulators have greater confidence when an organization responds “yes” to the policy questions.

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Experts estimate that Americans hold some $3 trillion dollars in traditional Individual Retirement Accounts. Donors with children and an IRA who are also committed to making a significant gift to charity at death are usually receptive to a suggestion to combine the gifts to children and charity by giving all or a portion of the IRA to a charitable remainder unitrust ("CRUT"). Both charity and the children can do better with a larger combined gift than with an actuarially comparable gift of a portion of the IRA directly to charity.

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Special fundraising event planners have a lot to handle with the invitation list, the menu and the program. But they also have to plan around a host of legal issues.

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Whenever there is a major scandal at a charitable organization, one question almost inevitably arises: Where was the Board?

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It can be a slippery slope for board and staff when it comes to electioneering. This audio will encourage you to participate in advocacy and help you to manage risk when it comes to electioneering.

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Listen to both of our 20 minute Ready Reference Audios for one reduced price.

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Don Kramer

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. This webinar will explore the unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”), how to define it, how to avoid it, and how to deal with the consequences of having “too much” of it.

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Don Kramer and Charles Sterne III

Obtaining a commitment for a charitable contribution is only the first step in a charity’s obligation for stewardship of its gifts. Stewardship requires good communication with donors — and a whole lot more. There are both public relations issues and legal requirements....

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Every year is election year. And nonprofit organizations know that the outcome can significantly affect their work. 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations and 501(c)(6) trade associations may participate in election campaigns, but 501(c)(3) charities must be careful not to intervene in an election campaign at any level because “electioneering” can cost them their exempt status.

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Presented by Don Kramer, Diane Moyer and Alexa Livelsberger

Protecting children is the duty and responsibility of all adults. As nonprofit entities, you have the opportunity to craft policies and procedures that not only manage your own risk but also create a space where children are protected and child sexual abuse is prevented.

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Employers of all sizes need effective personnel policies that advise employees of organizational standards and procedures. They need to understand the documentation that helps sustain adverse employment actions that have to be taken against problem employees.

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Social entrepreneurs and other individuals often ask for help in starting a nonprofit organization. This webinar discusses many of the most important questions one should ask before proceeding and provide a checklist of legal and practical requirements for getting the organization up and running.

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Presented by Don Kramer & Dan O' Meara

Certain employees of nonprofit organizations are protected by the National Labor Relations Act, even if they don’t belong to a union. And they don’t have to be seeking to establish a union to be covered.

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Originally recorded – March 28, 2017 This is a pre-recorded webinar (audio file and program materials).

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Presented by Don Kramer and Eric Fraint

Three national sources of charity information have just published an open letter to donors confirming what most charities have known for a long time: “the percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs ‑ commonly referred to as ‘overhead’‑ is a poor measure of a charity’s performance.”

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Don Kramer & Janice Dubler

This webinar reviewed the “top ten” employment law issues for nonprofit organizations, with tips on improving relations with employees and avoiding litigation. Janice Dubler, a partner in the employment law department of Montgomery, McCracken in Philadelphia, explains the principal employment law issues facing nonprofit employers with real world suggestions on ways to do it right.

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Nonprofits depend upon effective leadership from both the board and staff to successfully fulfill their missions and programs. The Standards for Excellence® 2.0 Ethics and Accountability Program for the Nonprofit Sector has set forth a series of significant principles and policies to enhance the leadership and governance of charitable organizations.

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Don Kramer

Charity fundraising event planners have to worry not only about the invitation list, the menu and the program. They also have to worry about a host of legal issues that, if ignored, could turn the event into a financial and public relations disaster. This webinar will explore the top ten areas of legal concern for a charity’s annual gala dinner dance, bikathon, day in the park, or other special fundraising event.

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Carol Weisman

Transforming Ordinary People into Fundraising Superheroes! Fundraising is a team sport. This entertaining, humorous book describes the fundraising process and how to make it work for your organization.

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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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By the Nonprofit Risk Management Center

This publication provides a practical framework through which nonprofit CEOs, boards, and others engaged in fundraising can address the risks and pursue fundraising responsibly.

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By the Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Recruiting and managing the spectrum of volunteers who bring your nonprofit’s mission to life is no easy task. Safeguarding volunteers, service recipients and the organization requires a sophisticated blend of risk taking, risk awareness and risk management.

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By the Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Nonprofit organizations purchase insurance for many reasons, covering many exposures (risks), and at a wide range of prices. This book puts insurance in perspective as a risk-financing tool that is part of an overall risk management strategy.

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By the Nonprofit Risk Management Center

A nonprofit organization’s building and grounds make up its facility. Responsibilities and protection differs depending on whether or not a nonprofit owns, leases, loans, rents, borrows or operates out of a home facility. Risks vary depending on the physical and mental capabilities, and ages of the service recipients.

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Gregory L. Colvin

Describes six models of sponsorship that have been approved and accepted by the IRS. It details how they are supposed to work and why, how they differ and how they are similar.

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Ronald W. Clement

Clearly explains the mainly self-imposed limitations, and enumerates the many pluses, of open and candid communication with grant seekers as key to the process.

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Jean Block

A fun, upbeat, and down-to-earth manual that walks you through the process of clarifying the roles of the board and staff.

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In Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops: How to Leverage Your Annual Fund in Only Five Hours per Week, Amy Eisenstein guides you, in only five hours a week, to safely and surely meet the challenges of getting your organization ready for major gift fundraising, all the way up to that all-important ask—and beyond.

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Simone Joyaux

Every organization deserves a good board and effective board members. And every board member deserves a chance to be an effective board member. But too often, things aren’t working. Board members aren’t effective – and staff aren’t helping them to be effective. Or, staff are doing all that is possible – but the board member is causing too many problems. This book tells you how to fix the situation.

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Linda Lysakowski

Whether you are a “newbie” to fundraising or an experienced fundraiser concerned about shrinking funding sources, Fundraising for the GENIUS will guide you every step of the way toward fundraising success.

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