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Nonprofit Legal Resources

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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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UPCOMING Peer-to-Peer Conversation

Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a special peer-to-peer conversation on:

Mergers & Acquisitions for Nonprofits

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT

Mergers and acquisitions are not just the province of for-profit corporations. Many nonprofits have grown via acquisition. Join fellow committee members and hear about their M&A experience and insight.

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Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Privacy and Data Security for Your Nonprofit: Understanding Your Client's Legal Obligations and Minimizing Legal Risk

The headlines this year regarding the Heartbleed bug and the numerous credit card breaches at retail and hotel chains have again highlighted the need to take an enterprise-wide approach to cyber risk. Technology accepted as secure can be flawed or attacked. Vendors believed to be secure can inadvertently introduce vulnerabilities that intruders will exploit. The ensuing data compromises can lead to governmental investigations and lawsuits ‹ and nonprofits are not immune. Smart nonprofit organizations are seeking protection from both inside and outside attacks and looking for technological and financial solutions to mitigate their risks. At the same time, the federal government has released a cyber-security framework widely expected to be applied not only to critical infrastructure industries, but to the nonprofit community as well. This Legal Quick Hit will educate nonprofit in-house counsel on how to take advantage of available resources to effectively address the risks to handling personally identifiable data and other sensitive information. Emilio W. Cividanes, Esq., Partner and Co-Chair of the Privacy Practice, Venable LLP

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Fundraising 201: An Update on Managing the Legal Risks of Nonprofit Fundraising

For nonprofits, raising funds is a must. As nonprofit in-house counsel know well, development departments can be very creative in proposing new fundraising strategies, which can present unique legal risks. This program will discuss legal issues that often arise in development campaigns, including charitable solicitation registration issues, promotional considerations when partnering with for-profits, federal tax requirements for charitable contributions, and strategies for meeting legal requirements in raffles and other charitable promotions. We will go beyond the basics to cover recent developments, such as new state filing requirements, considerations for evaluating evolving online fundraising vehicles, and new marketing regulations that could affect your organization‰s international fundraising. Finally, this program will offer practical recommendations for in-house counsel to spot and address issues in innovative fundraising campaigns. Topics will include: Strategies for ensuring compliance in commercial co-venture campaigns Regulatory update for state charitable solicitation registration Key points to consider when participating in an online fundraising platform Legal issues in running raffles and other charitable promotions Join us for what promises to be an informative, interactive, and in-depth dive into the most current legal issues in nonprofit fundraising. Kristalyn Loson, Esq., Associate, Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable LLP Jocelyn Starzak, Esq., Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Special Olympics

Upcoming Webcast

Mergers & Acquisitions for Nonprofits

Sep 2014 Webcast

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Cross-Border Money Transfers: Key Requirements and Pitfalls Every U.S.-Based Nonprofit Needs to Know

Sep 23 2014 2:00 PM ET On-Line CLE/CPD Program
On Demand 60 Minutes
Sponsored by Venable LLP

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Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Preliminary Considerations for a Nonprofit’s Potential Activities Abroad

Sep 2014 Form & Policy Download doc
A chart that outlines Organizational Options for Specific/Isolated Events and the advantages and disadvantages to consider.

Nonprofit Joint Venture, Affiliation & Collaboration Decision Chart

Sep 2014 Form & Policy Download doc
A sample decision chart to consult when dealing with joint ventures and collaborative decision making.

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 ...