Rules for Accepting Gifts: Protect Your Nonprofit by Developing a Solid Gift Acceptance Policy That’s Aligned with IRS Requirements

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: John Bradley, attorney at law
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Who Should Attend? Directors, executives, program managers, fundraisers, financial officers, development staff, counsel

Gifts and donations are vital to your nonprofit. Without them most nonprofits would lack the financial means to carry out their mission. However, not all gifts are beneficial to your nonprofit, due to the many strings that are often attached to them, and some can even impact your status with the IRS! Internally you may not be equipped to receive gifts of a particular nature or the gift itself might represent a conflict of interest with your organization’s values. Some gifts might even cost your organization more money in the long run. In addition, if not handled correctly, the receipt of certain types of gifts can have serious consequences to the financial health and well being of your nonprofit and can even jeopardize your compliance with IRS rules. Developing a solid gift acceptance policy can ultimately contribute to your mission by creating a culture of transparency for your donors and by saving you from headaches associated with certain types of donations.

Please join John Bradley, attorney at law, as he offers guidance for understanding the potential risk and liabilities arising out of the receipt of gifts and donations by your nonprofit. He will discuss how developing policies and procedures for gifts before they arrive can reduce or eliminate these risks.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What is a Gift Acceptance Policy and how can it benefit your nonprofit?
  • What should your nonprofit’s Gift Acceptance Policy contain?
  • What are the IRS requirements when it comes to accepting gifts?
  • When should gifts be declined?
  • All gifts are not created equal – a discussion of the types of gifts and how these gifts should be handled by your nonprofit.
  • When gifts come with strings attached – how to handle restricted gifts without putting your nonprofit at risk.
  • How to value the gifts your nonprofit receives.
  • What happens with donors want their donations back.


Your conference leader for “Rules for Accepting Gifts: Protect Your Nonprofit by Developing a Solid Gift Acceptance Policy That’s Aligned with IRS Requirements" is John Bradley. John is an attorney in the West Columbia, South Carolina office of Moore Taylor Law Firm. His 25 plus years of practice has involved 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 in the defense of professional negligence claims as well as representing and advising educators in employment matters before their local school boards and the State Department of Education.

John has long been active in nonprofits at the Local and State level. He is a former President and current board member of the Friends of the Richland Library Friends and Foundation, which provides financial and volunteer support to the Richland Library, a nationally recognized library system. He presently serves as co-chair of “The Literary Vine,” the group’s signature fundraising gala, put on entirely by a volunteer effort. He is immediate past president r of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, an organization made up of library friends groups throughout the State of South Carolina. His duties and responsibilities as president included working and consulting with local Friends groups as well as with individuals interested in forming friends groups. In addition to his responsibilities with local nonprofits, John has spoken to nonprofit groups throughout the United States regarding legal topics relating to nonprofits.

An avid runner, John presently serves on the board for the Carolina Marathon Association, an organization that puts on two showcase running events in Columbia, the Governor’s Cup Road Race and the Heart and Sole race. He has served as race director and course manager for several other local road races. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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