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Posted on June 4, 2013

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 allows employers, including nonprofits, to claim a tax credit when they hire a qualified veteran. This tax credit was recently extended until December 31, 2013. This legal alert answers questions nonprofit employers may have about how the tax credit works and how to apply for it.

Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.

Posted on April 15, 2013

We apologize for the technical difficulties that prevented us from presenting this webcast last month.

Nonprofit organizations operating overseas trips and programs need to be aware of, and prepare for, potential problems and complications that can befall their travelers. This one hour webinar will address practical and legal tips for protecting your organization and its travelers. From advice on practical tips and emergency plans to insurance and releases, this webinar will arm participants with what they need to have in place to prevent problems from occurring or in the case of an emergency.

When: Monday, April 22, 2013
1:30pm to 2:30pm

Presenters: Melinda Simon, Emory University
Mike Ryder, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers

We are trying something new in this new year with our webcasts. You no longer need to register for each webcast. A few days prior to each month’s webcast, we will send a reminder to everyone along with the link to access the webcast at the designated time. Materials for the webcast will be available via the webcast link at the time of the webcast. Please note that if you are unable to view the webcast at the time below due to technical difficulties, the webcast will be posted to our website within 36 hours of the presentation.

Posted on April 15, 2013

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 workshop will discuss the basic legal requirements of fundraising, including:
• Registering to solicit donations;
• Online donations and registration requirements;
• Sending acknowledgements for donations; and
• Recordkeeping.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:00 am to 11:30am

Presenters: Melinda Simon, Emory University; Robyn Miller, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Location: The Foundation Center
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 150
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Click here to register

Presented in Collaboration with the Foundation Center- Atlanta

Posted on April 15, 2013

WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT INSURANCE
& RISK MANAGEMENT- A SERIES OF FOUR WEBINARS

As a nonprofit, you engage in many different activities. Your organization may own property, employ staff, engage volunteers, provide services to the community in need, and raise donations from the public. Each of these activities involves risks to your organization that could be financially devastating unless they are recognized, mitigated, and if necessary, insured against.

This series of webinars offered by the D.C. Bar will help you get a better understanding of insurance and risk management. Recordings of past webinars are available here.

The following webinars are being offered:
• Filing and Insurance Claim – April 22, 2013
• Loss Prevention & Mitigation – May 22, 2013

Click here for more information and to register

Posted on April 8, 2013

Like for-profit businesses, some nonprofits may own confidential and/or proprietary information that warrants protection from use or disclosure by partners, vendors, former employees, and the general public.

During this webinar, we will discuss practical guidelines for using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the nonprofit context, including:

• when to use NDAs;
• common mistakes to avoid in using NDAs;
• practical measures to protect confidential or proprietary information in addition to NDAs; &
• recent developments in Georgia law regarding enforceability of NDAs.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Presenter: Dan Hart, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

We are trying something new in this new year with our webcasts. You no longer need to register for each webcast. A few days prior to each month’s webcast, we will send a reminder to everyone along with the link to access the webcast at the designated time. Materials for the webcast will be available via the webcast link at the time of the webcast. Please note that if you are unable to view the webcast at the time below due to technical difficulties, the webcast will be posted to our website within 36 hours of the presentation.

Posted on March 21, 2013

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta volunteers provided more than $2.3 million worth of legal services to Atlanta nonprofits last year. The time and talents of our attorney volunteers make a big difference to the nonprofits they serve. Below are some “shout outs” to our volunteers from their appreciative nonprofit clients:

To: Robert Jones III of Sutherland
From: Crime Victims Advocacy Council
It has been a real blessing getting to work with you to clean up our minutes and by-laws. Thank you for being willing to share your expertise with us. I have been so blessed by CVAC’s relationship with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta! Thanks also to Sutherland for providing your time, and a home to PBPA!

To: Matt McGrath of Nelson Mullins
From: Georgia Radio Reading Service
My very greatest thanks for all of your efforts on behalf of GaRRS. You are a pleasure to work with and I am delighted that our website is up to par now! You all are so kind to give of your knowledge and time to nonprofits like us. Be blessed always!

To: Carly Regan and Rick McMurtry of Turner Broadcasting
From: Visions Anew Institute
You and Rick have been a Godsend to us – ever vigilant in our needs. I would never have realized that we needed a second design trademark without your comprehension of the whole picture. As we fly ever higher.. we need to have all the legalities covered. I am so grateful to you!

To: Isabella Lee of Ford Harrison
From: Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
I cannot thank you enough for taking the time and effort to produce these forms for us. I cannot brag enough on the efforts Isabella took for us. She came to the Center for a tour, brought me a binder of information and stayed to ask and answer questions. What a gift!

To: Joe Freeman of Cox Communications
From: Child Development Association
Your contribution of pro bono services will enable the CDA to better serve the preschool children of working poor families by providing affordable childcare and early childhood education programs. Thank you for sharing our vision of great starts toward bright futures for these youngsters.

Posted on March 21, 2013

I recently met the wife of one of our volunteer attorneys. When she told me her husband’s name, I exclaimed, “Oh, I love him!” Based on her expression, it was probably not the appropriate thing to tell someone’s spouse. But the truth is that we do love our volunteers. Every day, we watch them give generously of their time and expertise to our clients. So each year we have a reception to thank the volunteers and donors that make it possible for Pro Bono Partnership to do what we do. It’s a free event and we invite everyone who volunteered with or donated to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta during the prior year. You can read about this year’s event below.

Also, check out our brand new Annual Report for a quick review of our work in 2012 and a list of our donors. One interesting fact: over 500 lawyers volunteered with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta last year. For a list of everyone who volunteered on a project through PBPA in 2012, click here . Thank you volunteers and donors!

Sincerely,

Rachel

Posted on March 21, 2013

At twelve years old, Kate Atwood lost her mother after a six year battle with breast cancer. Numbed by the loss, Kate immersed herself in sports and social activities but the spiritual void she felt in her life was still unfulfilled. It wasn’t until Kate became involved with a bereavement camp that she began to heal.

Inspired by Kate’s experience, Kate’s Club was created. A nonprofit that began in June 2003 with humble beginnings has now touched the lives of over 400 children and their families. The organization helps empower and heal children that have lost a sibling or parent by providing social, recreational and emotional support. Operated entirely on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, Kate’s Club offers all support services, programs, and camps free of charge.

The organization has earned well deserved publicity and recognition. Over the last few years, Kate’s Club has been featured on CNN, The View, and in several magazines. But more importantly, the publicity has been a way for many children and teens that have lost a loved one to find Kate’s Club and become a part of the organization.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has connected Kate’s Club with generous volunteer attorneys to help with their legal needs, ranging from employment to contracts to intellectual property. According to Emily Brenner Hawkins, Executive Director of Kate’s Club, “the volunteer attorneys … have been incredibly experienced, effective and attuned to our needs as a nonprofit. The process of working with them and with PBPA has been a pleasure and the work has greatly strengthened the legal and policy framework of our organization. We are able to more effectively execute our mission because of our partnership with PBPA.”

The following attorneys have provided pro bono assistance to Kate’s Club through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. In addition, Valerie King (pictured 2nd from the left), not only advised Kate’s Club on legal issues, but also volunteers her time to Kate’s Club by visiting grieving children with rescue pets from Happy Tails, an animal rescue group.

Eric Barton of Seyfarth Shaw
Evan Pontz of Troutman Sanders
Mark Taylor of Taylor, English, and Duma
Mary Williams of The Coca-Cola Company
Ken Barr of The Home Depot
Christopher Holland of Smith, Gambrell, & Russell
Tim McDonald of Thompson Hine
Rick McMurtry and Toni Millner of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Posted on February 8, 2013
L-R: Reggie O’Shields and Jason Bernstein
Please see pictures of the reception here.

To celebrate another successful year, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta held its eighth annual appreciation reception for donors and volunteers. Over 100 attorneys gathered at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton on January 29, 2013 to recognize the incredible work accomplished by PBPA volunteers this past year.

After PBPA clients Michael Kimsey of Resource Service Ministries and Christina Guillen of Jeryme Brown & Mitchell Smalls Foundation spoke about the importance of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta to their organizations and the nonprofit community, Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears thanked all of the volunteer attorneys who contributed free legal services valued at over $2.3 million to nonprofit organizations in 2012. PBPA Board Vice Chair Betsy Griswold of the UPS Legal Department handed out Frabel glass peach sculptures to the following attorneys, law firms and corporations in recognition for outstanding volunteer achievement:

Turner Broadcasting System, Corporation of the Year
Alston & Bird, Law Firm of the Year
Volunteers of the Year:

  • Stephanie Aferiat of Home Depot
  • George Sewell of Polysius
  • Brian Galison of Nelson Mullins
  • Jason Bernstein of Barnes & Thornburg
  • Meg Kochuba, Katie Manley, and Bryan Stillwagon of Paul Hastings
  • Radha Manthe of King & Spalding
  • Cyndi Steinmetz

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta also gave a special appreciation award to the State Bar of Georgia Corporate Counsel Law Section for their grants to PBPA over the past four years to fund special projects, including initial funding for PBPA’s first staff attorney, Robyn Miller, and first paralegal, Laura Moore.

Generous contributions by the following businesses covered the expenses of the appreciation event:

  • Presenting Sponsor
    • Thomson Reuters
  • Sustaining Sponsor
    • RR Donnelly
  • Supporting Sponsor
    • SunTrust
    • Counsel on Call

“Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would not exist without our volunteers and donors,” said Spears. “This event gives us the opportunity to thank them and to highlight the extraordinary work of some of our outstanding volunteers.”

Posted on December 21, 2012

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta volunteers provided more than $2.3 million worth of legal services to Atlanta nonprofits last year. The time and talents of our attorney volunteers make a big difference to the nonprofits they serve. Below are some “shout outs” to our volunteers from their appreciative nonprofit clients:

To: Patty Butler of Turner Broadcasting
From: Resource Service Ministries
Pro Bono was able to connect me with Patty Butler who works in the HR department at Turner Broadcasting. She reviewed our old employee manual, helped me understand many of the new employee requirements for our size organization, and walked me through the whole process of updating our policies. Our new employee manual has made managing our staff a much easier task. I want to thank Patty and Pro Bono for helping a small non-profit like Resource Service Ministries receive such a high level of expertise.”

To: Amy Wilson of Bryan Cave LLP
From: A Friend’s House
Thank you so much for your time and talent in helping us with our website audit… As a non-profit agency we must depend on the generosity of others to sustain our programs. Thank you for taking the time out of an already busy day to help us.

To: Mindy Doster of Elavon
From: Midtown Assistance Center
On behalf of the Midtown Assistance Center, I thank you for working with us through Pro Bono Partnership to provide valuable legal services. As a small nonprofit, it is often difficult to raise the funds for many necessary expenses and still fulfill our mission to provide assistance to the working poor. By donating your time and expertise, you enabled us to assist many hard working families struggling to make ends meet.

To: Jeff Young of Alston & Bird
From: Jeryme Brown & Mitchell Smalls Foundation
I would just like to add that Jeff has been a true blessing to our company… I would like to extend a special thank you to PBPA for connecting our organization with Jeff. I feel we have forged a life-long relationship!

To: Kirk Domescik of Duane Morris LLP
From: Action Ministries
I wanted to thank PBPA for Kirk Domescik’s involvement in the Action Ministries and Feed the Hungry Partnership. I am impressed by his professionalism and expertise (and he is also a nice guy).