January marked the beginning of the 2015 fundraising season for many nonprofits, and as important as fundraising is to achieving the nonprofit’s mission, many nonprofit executives are unaware of the basic requirements underlying their fundraising campaigns. These requirements can be far reaching and affect all forms of fundraising whether it be by mail, email, in-person solicitations, or by web-based, social media, crowdfunding, or other web-based fundraising methods. Complying with regulatory requirements doesn’t mean that the success of your fundraising efforts will be undermined, but it does offer protection from unwanted legal risks and liabilities that can be not only distracting from the mission, but also result in possible legal penalties. There are not only specific solicitation requirements, but also registration requirements that you will need to comply with, and it’s important to get them correct. Please John Bradley, attorney at law, as he offers analysis and practical guidance relating to the fundraising solicitation and registration requirements that govern nonprofit fundraising activities. Getting it correct will help to make your 2015 fundraising season both successful and trouble free.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- The required registration requirements: public information, using registration agents, required IRS forms
- What to do if you haven’t registered
- Are you conducting solicitations? Understand how this term is defined and some of the variations in this definition
- Whether there are different requirements depending on the type of solicitations you are doing
- An update regarding the trend towards online registration
- The role of IRS Form 990
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Nonprofit Fundraising: Understanding the Rules That Govern Charitable Solicitations” is John Bradley, attorney at law. Mr. Bradley is an attorney in the West Columbia, South Carolina office of Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. John, in addition to his active law practice, has been involved with various nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities, and as a result has accumulated a wealth of experience relating to sound nonprofit management and operations. In addition he has practiced law for more than two decades. His practice involves numerous areas of law including appellate practice in state and federal courts, construction law, commercial liability, and products liability. His present practice primarily focuses on representing physicians, hospitals and medical care providers. John has long been active in nonprofits at the local and state level. He is a current volunteer and past board member and president of the Friends of the Richland Library, a nationally recognized library system. He presently serves as a member of the Richland Friends Book Sale Committee, a group that raises money for the Friends through quarterly book sales, put on entirely through volunteer effort. As president of the Richland Library Friends he served as a member of the Richland Library Foundation Board. He has also been active with the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, an organization made up of library friends groups throughout the state of South Carolina. John is presently serving his third term as president of this organization. His duties and responsibilities as president include working and consulting with local Friends groups as well as with individuals interested in forming friends groups. He is familiar with legal issues that arise in both new and previously existing Friends groups. John earned his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
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