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Posted on March 15, 2017

In order to protect the public from fraud, most states have enacted laws that require organizations to register with the state before they solicit donations from individuals in that state. The goal is for the public to be able to trust that their donations are going to a legitimate nonprofit organization that will use the money for charitable purposes.

This article explains generally when an organization must register in a state, how to complete the registration process, and what an organization should do when soliciting over the internet. Because each state has its own registration requirements, nonprofit organizations should seek advice from competent attorneys to advise them on their particular situation.

Posted on March 15, 2017

If you raise money from the general public in Georgia, you may need to make a special filing with the Secretary of State’s office. Here’s a quick review of what you’re required to file, and where.

Posted on November 17, 2016

Nonprofit organizations frequently accept credit cards for donations and/or sales, either directly or through third parties. This webcast will provide guidance regarding the regulations with which you are required to comply in accepting such cards. The speaker will provide an overview of:
– the various participants in the credit card networks and processes;
– the Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) data security standards for merchants accepting credit cards; and
– guidance regarding how to minimize liability as a merchant.

Speakers: Sean Christy, Bryan Cave and Tim Carlton, Bryan Cave

Please click here to view the webcast.

Slides: Best Practices in Accepting Credit Card Payments

Posted on November 1, 2016

Raffles and door prizes are longtime favorites in the world of nonprofit fundraising and contests are becoming more popular as nonprofits look for creative ways to raise money. But are you familiar with the many laws that govern gaming and contests?

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?

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has several articles on the topic, including ones on Casino Nights, Raffles and Bingo listed below.

Casino Night, Poker Tournaments, Raffles and Bingo Games: Your Fundraiser Could Be Illegal Gambling

Raffle Guide

Bingo Games as Fundraisers

Posted on September 19, 2016

Complying with charitable solicitation registration, annual renewals and filings, and disclosure statement requirements for multiple states takes a lot of time and requires detailed and dedicated focus. There are many companies that provide this service at a reasonable cost. This is a chart comparing various charitable solicitation compliance companies. Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta does not endorse any of these companies.

Posted on May 13, 2016

The new buzz word in the nonprofit §501(c)(3) sector seems to be “self-sustaining.” Boards, foundations, and other stakeholders are asking how nonprofit §501(c)(3)’s can generate income and become self-sustaining. The goal of this webcast is to help nonprofits understand the potential risks of selling goods or services and to provide insights into options for doing so without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

Speaker: Robyn Miller, Corporate/Tax Counsel, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Please click here to view the webcast.

Posted on December 2, 2015

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.

Posted on December 2, 2015

Learn about the IRS and state regulations for nonprofits when using or selling donated vehicles.

Posted on October 28, 2015

In search of funds? What nonprofit isn’t? In addition to traditional grant writing, sponsorships, fundraising events and campaigns, there’s also planned giving. Nonprofits can benefit from understanding and attracting planned giving. Being ready to accept stock when offered and being prepared to discuss planned giving options may help an organization to expand its funding.

During this webinar, our speakers help nonprofits understand:

• What is planned giving?
• What is an endowment and what are the special rules governing endowments?
• What are unrestricted gifts?
• How can you facilitate planned giving?

Presenters: Nick Djuric & Elizabeth Faist, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Please click here to view the webcast.

Posted on September 1, 2015

Corporate sponsors often provide much-needed funding to nonprofit organizations in return for recognition and other benefits. It is important that your organization be aware of the potential tax consequences of providing benefits to the sponsor that exceed the safe harbors set by the IRS. Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts to follow to prevent your organization from inadvertently losing a large chunk of its sponsorship dollars to taxes.