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Nonprofit Legal Resources

Access all of ACC's legal resources for nonprofit organizations in the Online Resource Library.

The Nonprofit Organizations Committee seeks to advance the practices of nonprofit and professional associations law and to help ACC members working in these areas better serve their clients. Resources provided include information on taxes and best practices for working with nonprofit organizations.

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Canadian anti-spam legislation

The Nonprofit Organizations Committee recently hosted a special 45-minute presentation and Q&A session on:

Charities and Not-for-Profits: Are You Ready for the New Anti-Spam Legislation? 

The Canadian Anti–Spam Legislation went into effect on July 1st and has major implications for nonprofits doing business in Canada. Without explicit advance permission from Canadian residents, you might be precluded from contacting them by email. Don’t let your organization be caught by surprise.  


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Upcoming Teleconference Meeting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Legal Quick Hit (Webcast presentation during the meeting)

Drafting and Revising Bylaws: Common Pitfalls, Best Practices, and Maximizing the Effective Governance of Your Nonprofit

Presented by ACC's Nonprofit Organizations Committee and Sponsored by Venable LLP Bylaws are the foundational guidelines that govern the internal management of every nonprofit. Having faulty bylaws can create legal problems for organizations, and make the governance of a nonprofit very difficult. In this Legal Quick Hit, two of Venable's nonprofit attorneys (with extensive experience in this area) will explain how to draft and revise nonprofit bylaws - step-by-step - and point out the most common mistakes made in drafting and revising bylaws, as well as highlighting best practices. Our speakers will explore the best process for updating your nonprofit's bylaws, explain what to include when drafting bylaws (and what not to include), and focus on the most common mistakes found in many nonprofit bylaws. Our speakers also will cover considerations regarding the process for updating bylaws, special issues in chapter and affiliate structures, and how other nonprofit policies and procedures fit into the governance mix. Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable LLP Kristalyn J. Loson, Esq., Associate, Venable LLP

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Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: What Does It Mean for U.S. Nonprofits?

Jun 2014 Article Download pdf
Under Canada's new Anti-Spam Law (CASL), as of July 1, 2014, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations engaged in marketing and fundraising campaigns from within Canada or to recipients in ...

Cybersecurity Checklist & Important Questions to Ask

Jun 2014 List Download doc
This resource, extracted from ACC Webcast "Global Privacy for Trade Associations," presented on June 12, 2014, covers important issues that counsel should consider when dealing with cybersecurity. ...

Q&A: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

May 2014 Article Download pdf
Transcript of live Q&A from the Nonprofit Organizations Committee's special presentation  on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation