Web Series: New Nonprofits

Legal Issues for New Nonprofits

Your organization received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS – now what?

Legal Issues for New Nonprofits is an eight-part webinar series that provides general legal information for operating a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. These webinars explain many rules and best practices that will help you lead your organization and maintain its tax-exempt status, including:

  • governance, fundraising, and record-keeping requirements;
  • compliance with employment laws;
  • protection of your organization’s trademarks and copyrights;
  • financial oversight by the Board of Directors;
  • risk management essentials to protect your organization and clients.

While geared towards new nonprofits, the webinars will also help smaller nonprofits with limited access to legal resources.

Each webinar is a standalone presentation, so you can view any or all of the presentations in any order. Each webinar also has a PowerPoint that you can download.

Legal Issues for New Nonprofits is a joint effort of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, Pro Bono Partnership, and Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, members of the National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers.

We would also like to thank the Bipartisan Policy Center, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Turner Broadcasting System, and Weil, Gotshal and Manges, for their assistance with this project.

Webinar Series:

Click here to view the course outline, which covers all webinar topics

What Does It Mean to be Tax Exempt?

Highlights IRS regulations for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, including limitations on private inurement, lobbying and unrelated business income.

Presenter: Regina Hopkins, Esq., Assistant Director for Community Economic Development, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Nonprofit Governance

Discusses governance best practices and requirements, including those for board duties and meetings, board member rights and liabilities, governing documents, and filings.

Presenter: Holly Gregory, Esq., Weil, Gotshal & Manges (no longer with firm)

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Fundraising

Provides an overview of legal issues concerning fundraising by your nonprofit, including charitable solicitation registration, required IRS acknowledgments, and gambling laws.

Presenter: Robyn Miller, Esq., Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Recordkeeping Requirements

Covers the recordkeeping requirements for nonprofits, including IRS requirements, and best practices for keeping and maintaining other important organizational records.

Presenter: Mark Hoenig, Esq., Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Employment Law

Introduces several employment law concerns, including hiring, supervision and possible termination of employees; the proper use of contractors; wage and hour compliance, as well as an overview of harassment and discrimination laws.

Presenter: Judith Moldover, Esq., Lawyers Alliance for New York

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Trademarks and Copyrights for Nonprofits

Provides an overview of intellectual property, such as your organization’s name, logo, and program materials, and how to best protect these assets.

Presenters: Rick McMurtry, Esq. and Carly Regan, Turner Broadcasting System

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Board’s Responsibility for Financial Oversight

Details the financial responsibilities of the Board of Directors, including approving budgets, reviewing financial statements, and setting internal controls.

Presenter: Denise Devenny, CPA, Vice President of Operations with the Bipartisan Policy Center

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Risk Management and Insurance

Covers how to identify the risks involved in operating a nonprofit, and how to best address those risks to protect your organization, clients, board, employees and volunteers.

Presenter: Regina Hopkins, Esq., Assistant Director for Community Economic Development, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program

Webinar
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE: The course outline and webinars are being provided solely for informational purposes and do not provide specific legal advice for any individual situation. Moreover, the information contained in the course outline and each webinar were based upon the laws as of June 1, 2014, and these laws may be repealed, revoked or modified, possibly retroactively. Any changes in the law may result in changes to the information contained in the course outline and webinars. The course outline and webinars should be used in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for, qualified legal and tax counsel. Only an attorney or other tax professional with knowledge of your particular situation can provide the assistance you need. You are urged to consult an attorney or other tax professional.