1. Raffles, Co-Ventures, Crowdfunding & Beyond: Legal Issues with Common Fundraising Methods

Raffles, Co-Ventures, Crowdfunding & Beyond: Legal Issues with Common Fundraising Methods

Raffles, Co-Ventures, Crowdfunding & Beyond: Legal Issues with Common Fundraising Methods
Event ID: 72733
Session ID: 15702
Live Webinar Date: 10/23/2019, 1 PM Eastern

Date/Time: 10/23/2019, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Reinhardt; Christopher Leigh-Manuell
Price: $299.00 webinar or On-Demand, $399.00 webinar and On-Demand. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Chief executives, board members, nonprofit counsel, senior management, financial staff, managers, development staff, program directors


This webinar will focus on the legal framework and ramifications of popular fundraising methods to help nonprofits make informed decisions on development strategy. Many nonprofits engage in raffles and co-ventures with for-profit entities. They are however rarely aware of the state regulations governing these activities. Online fundraising including crowdfunding is also popular for nonprofits with limited resources. As the practice becomes mainstream and online tracking data becomes increasingly easily obtainable, nonprofits need to be aware of the legal framework involving Federal Trade Commission for such activities as part of their corporate governance strategy.

Please join Elizabeth Reinhardt and Christopher Leigh-Manuell who will discuss these emerging areas of fundraising for nonprofit organizations. The session will start with the fundamental legal underpinning of charitable fundraising -- the donation being kept in trust -- to help nonprofits understand the ramifications of their fundraising. It will then give an overview of the regulations on registration with state Attorneys General, raffles, co-ventures, fundraising professionals, and crowdfunding to help nonprofit board and management make informed decisions when strategizing development.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Basic legal underpinning of charitable fundraising, donor intent, gift restrictions, and acknowledgements
  • Different types of state charity registrations and what activities typically trigger a registration requirement
  • Multi-state fundraising
  • General guidance about solicitation from individuals, co-ventures, crowdfunding, and online-giving portals
  • Professional fundraisers: solicitor versus counsel, contracts, reporting, and registration


Your conference leaders for “Raffles, Co-Ventures, Crowdfunding & Beyond: Legal Issues with Common Fundraising Methods” are Elizabeth Reinhardt and Christopher Leigh-Manuell.

Throughout her career, nonprofit lawyer Liz Reinhardt has worked with nonprofit organizations, including nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts, and religious organizations, as a lawyer, regulator, advocate, consultant, educator and board member. Her practice includes business, consumer, contract, employment, litigation, and real estate matters and she serves a number of her nonprofit clients as 'out sourced' in-house counsel. She consults in areas including the roles and responsibilities of board members, governance best practices, conflict of interest avoidance, executive compensation, fundraising and regulatory compliance.

A graduate of Colby College and the Northeastern University School of Law, for eight years she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Division of Public Charities. She is the author of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS): A Battleground for Cities and Nonprofits, Nonprofit Law (MCLE, Inc. 2011); Getting Going Getting Organized: Threshold Considerations and a Road Map for Start-Up Nonprofits, Chapter 1, MCLE Nonprofit Law Conference 2001(2001-04.06-CM) and co-authored “Guide for Board Members, Regulators and Advocates” (2000) Kellogg Foundation Healthcare Conversions Information Project.

Past and present professional and community affiliations include the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Board of Directors; Attorney General’s Division of Public Charities Advisory Committee; Crossroads Community Foundation, Board of Advisors; President, Acton Boxborough United Way; Coach, Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial program; Instructor, Director Business School; Member, Massachusetts Bar Association and North Middlesex Bar Association. A frequent public speaker, she maintains a law office in Concord, Massachusetts.

Christopher T. Leigh-Manuell provides paralegal services to nonprofit and philanthropic clients and manages the firm's registration, reporting, and filing compliance program. In addition to ensuring clients are compliant with state and federal registration and reporting requirements, he provides paralegal services in the areas of nonprofit formation, incorporation, bylaw development and review, and applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.

Central to his work with clients is Chris' understanding that each client possesses a unique set of principles, objectives and resources that impact the scope and direction of our work together. With this understanding, Chris works with clients to build individualized compliance programs that are both fully compliant with the law and relevant to the unique needs of each organization: whether completing corporate or charitable registrations across the country for clients operating nationally, or providing targeted registration assessments for clients operating in a limited number of states. Once the client's filing requirements have been determined, Chris provides registration, reporting, filing, and extension request services. In this capacity, he regularly works with offices of the Secretaries of State and Attorneys General across the country.

Chris' prior employment and volunteer work includes more than twenty years experience in the nonprofit sector where he has provided advocacy, program and community development, and support services. As an employee or a consultant, he has worked with the American Red Cross, Massachusetts Bible Society, Mercy Haven, British Soldiers Fund and At the Table. Chris served these organizations in many capacities from providing direct client services, development planning, and program development, to networking in the US and abroad. Prior to beginning a development consulting practice, Chris served as Vicar at Faith Lutheran Church where he ministered to a congregation of approximately eighty members, managed the congregation's community meal program, and established close relationships with other faith communities in the neighborhood.

In addition to his work with clients, Chris also oversees the firm's accounting and billing services, which includes managing retainer accounts, invoicing, bookkeeping and auditing.

Christopher Leigh-Manuell received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University in 2004, and a B.A., magna cum laude, with a major in History and English and a Minor in Multicultural Education from Ball State University in 1999. He currently volunteers his time working in advocacy and supporting his local community farm.

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