Nonprofits Engaging in International Activity: Learn the Rules and Avoid the Risks

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On-Demand (OD)     $299.00
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Ryan Oberly, partner, Wagenmaker & Oberly, LLC
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, financial officers, directors, board members, senior staff, legal counsel


U.S. nonprofits regularly serve charitable and educational needs around the world. Many do it right, and many do not. Charitable activity does not lose its charitable character if it’s performed outside the United States – except in some countries. Do you know where? Can your nonprofit solicit donations for overseas activity? How do “friends of” organizations raise funds for foreign organizations? What countries do not welcome US NGOs? How can your nonprofit own property in foreign countries? Can you set up foreign subsidiaries?

Please join Ryan Oberly for answers to these questions and many more. Foreign activity - and support for foreign charities - is an important piece of the 501(c)(3) world. Attend this webinar and learn how to do it right - and keep your nonprofit out of the IRS and Treasury Department crosshairs.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Sending your people overseas
    • Liability issues
    • Covering costs
  • Doing the work
    • Who can conduct the work of a U.S. organization overseas?
    • Direct work vs. working through controlled subsidiaries or local entities
    • Local registration
    • When you’re not welcome: Countries hostile to U.S./foreign NGOs
  • Asset ownership
    • How can – and should – a U.S. nonprofit own overseas?
    • How to protect investments overseas
  • Foreign chapters and subsidiaries
    • Conflicts between local laws and U.S. laws
    • Control of foreign subsidiaries and affiliates
    • Licensing overseas
  • Criminal law concerns
    • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • USA PATRIOT Act and other anti-terrorism measures
  • Grants to foreign organizations
    • By public charities
    • By private foundations
  • Donations
    • Earmarked donations for foreign organizations or projects
    • "Friends of" organizations
    • Special treatment for donations to Canadian, Mexican and Israeli charities




Your conference leader for “Nonprofits Engaging in International Activity: Learn the Rules and Avoid the Risks” is Ryan Oberly. Ryan is a partner at Wagenmaker & Oberly, LLC and represents a diverse group of tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, religious and educational institutions, trade associations, social clubs, and social enterprises.

From start-ups to complex corporate and tax planning, Ryan works with clients to protect tax-exempt status, facilitate organizational growth, and manage risks. He has successfully represented clients in IRS audits, state attorney general investigations, and other diverse crisis situations. His practice covers nonprofit governance, fundraising laws in all fifty states, unrelated business income, private benefit, political campaign and lobbying restrictions, and other federal and state tax issues affecting nonprofits.

Ryan advises clients through corporate mergers, joint ventures, and diverse multi-state and international operations. He is also well versed in intellectual property issues facing nonprofits and regularly works with clients to register, protect, transfer, and enforce trademark and copyright interests.

Ryan is an adjunct lecturer at Charleston School of Law where teaches a graduate level course on the law of nonprofit organizations. Prior to moving to Charleston, he taught a similar law course at DePaul University’s College of Law. Outside of work, Ryan can be found watching sports, reading history, or doing anything active in Charleston’s Daniel Island community where he lives with his wife and three children. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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