In the current economy, nonprofit organizations are looking for creative ways to raise money. But nonprofits should be aware of the many legal requirements that govern fundraising, both from the IRS and the State of Georgia. Arm yourself with information to avoid problems down the road. This webcast will briefly discuss the required “paperwork” (including charitable solicitation registration), the tax considerations of fundraising (including unrelated business income and sales tax) and a variety of specific fundraising models including: cause marketing, licensing intellectual property, sponsorships, raffles and other gaming, and galas and other events.
Presenters: Robyn Miller, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and Mindy Simon, Emory UniversityTo view the archived version of this webcast, click here.
Georgia nonprofit organizations often hold special events, such as silent auctions, black-tie galas, golf tournaments, and festivals, to raise money for their organization. This article discusses some of the important legal issues that may arise when an organization organizes such fundraising events.
Small nonprofits raising money often accept credit, debit and pre-paid card (also known as payment card) payments online and in person. Nonprofits take these payments at silent auctions and other events, and almost all have DONATE NOW buttons on their websites. The way in which nonprofits accept and process these transactions can expose the nonprofits to potential liability. While trying to limit this exposure, nonprofits can’t forget about the charitable solicitation laws that apply to them.
During this one-hour webcast, our speakers will:
- Provide a general overview of the risks and liabilities of accepting credit, debit and pre-paid card payments;
- Describe the compliance requirements for accepting such payments;
- Discuss the differences between accepting payments directly versus using an online payment processor;
- Describe how a nonprofit can limit its exposure; and
- Provide an overview of the charitable solicitation issues in accepting online donations
Presenters: Sean Christy, Sutherland
Robyn Miller, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
Please be advised that we experienced technical difficulties with video and sound during this webcast.To view the archived version of this webcast, click here.
It seems like every time you turn around, another charity is conducting a raffle, sweepstakes, contest, casino night or door prize give-away. The questions that most charities don’t ask are: Are such activities illegal under GA law? Are there ways to conduct such activities so that they are legal? How can I raise needed funds through giveaways and games of chance or skill in Georgia? During this one-hour webcast, our speaker:
- Provides an overview of the general promotions laws of Georgia;
- Talks about illegal lotteries and gambling and how to structure promotions in Georgia that fall under general promotions exceptions, as well as the “raffle” exception for §501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations;
- Provides practical advice, such as how to avoid an illegal lottery by “changing the elements of the game;” and
Discusses additional considerations, such as official rules, abbreviated rules, advertising your charity’s promotion and fulfilling the prizing.
Presenter: Thomas Federico, Turner Broadcasting
Please note: The webcast video does not sync with the webcast audio due to a technological problem.To view the archived version of this webcast, click here.
How does your organization deal with the value of benefits, goods or services given to a donor in exchange for a donation? This publication will teach you how to deal with this and other tricky issues involving written acknowledgements and disclosures.
Here’s a basic guide to sending acknowledgements. When are you required to acknowledge a donation? When is it just the polite thing to do? You’ll see sample letters for quid pro quo, cash, and non-monetary donations, as well as volunteer services.
Alcohol permit laws apply to nonprofit special events too! Here are some guidelines to get you started.
Learn about how to legally operate a bingo game as a fundraising event though obtaining a license, following the requirements for operationing, and the proper reporting and record-keeping.
So a generous donor has given you cases of wine for your silent auction. Did you know that you need a permit?
If your nonprofit doesn’t have the proper license from the local sheriff, that raffle you’re holding may be considered illegal gambling in the State of Georgia. Learn how to comply with the law and stay out of trouble.