1. Ensuring the Five “Conflict Doctrines” Don’t Surprise You or Limit You Too Much

Ensuring the Five “Conflict Doctrines” Don’t Surprise You or Limit You Too Much

Event ID: 76935
Recording: 17854
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020; 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Zachary Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM, Executive Director & Managing Attorney, Charitable Allies
Credits: Certificate of Attendance


Ensuring the Five “Conflict Doctrines” Don’t Surprise You or Limit You Too Much

Have you or your organization been approached with a generous in-kind offer but aren’t sure how to properly document it? The five “conflict doctrines” are among the most misunderstood and misapplied doctrines in nonprofit and tax-exempt law. Nonprofit leaders (and their advisors) often tend towards one of two extremes: avoiding anything that could even “smell like” a conflict (and thus missing some great opportunities for the organization) or ignoring the doctrines altogether (and thus failing to follow the rules that would permit the arrangement). The middle ground is the best and safest course.

A good nonprofit leader or advisor will lean on the generosity of key stakeholders and donors who might be willing to provide a discounted rate for good or services, but will do so only after documenting the permissibility of such transactions. In this important webinar, acclaimed nonprofit attorney Zachary S. Kester will show nonprofit leaders how their organizations can benefit from in-kind donations without running afoul of the law.


Attendees will come away with:

  • A basic understanding of the five conflict doctrines: Conflict of interest, private inurement, private benefit, excess benefit and self dealing.
  • An understanding of how these doctrines relate to each other.
  • Knowledge of the kinds of transactions affected by the doctrines.
  • An ability to analyze affected transactions (or series of transactions) for permissibility and/or desirability.
  • Strategies to help manage board members who tend towards one of the two extremes.


  • A copy of the webinar for future reference (digital download purchases only).
  • A quick reference table of the conflict doctrines.

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