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Posted on April 23, 2021

In this episode of the PBPA Podcast, Erin McGinnis answers our questions about shielding board members from personal liability for volunteer services, while also minimizing risk to the organization. Our guest will walk us through the many options available to Georgia nonprofits, including exculpation, indemnification, advancement of litigation expenses and directors & officers insurance.

Guest: Erin McGinnis, Partner at Nelson Mullins

Episode 14 – Minimizing Risk of Director Personal Liability Transcript

Posted on March 25, 2021

Nonprofit staff and board are all on the same team, but problems can arise if the roles of team members are unclear. In this webcast, PBPA’s Justine Cowan, who has served as both an executive director and a board member herself, will discuss how to navigate the complex board-staff relationship, including:

• Key policies that strengthen the board-staff partnership;

• How board and staff duties may evolve as an organization grows;

• Troubleshooting issues when the board-staff line gets blurred.

Speaker: Justine Cowan, Staff Attorney at PBPA

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Posted on January 12, 2021

Start the year off right by submitting IRS filings, completing local renewals and sending out donor acknowledgements on time.  This Article includes a checklist of common items that most Georgia nonprofits should have on their legal maintenance “to do” list for January, including W-2s, donor acknowledgements, and Georgia Secretary of State corporate renewals.


Posted on September 4, 2020

The US Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided further guidance on FFCRA childcare leave available to caregivers. Given that “back to school” is taking many forms this school year (virtual, in-person, blended and hybrid), the DOL has clarified which employee situations would be covered by FFCRA childcare leave. Please see this article for details on the DOL’s guidance.

Posted on September 1, 2020

Nonprofits (or NGOs) based outside of the U.S. are usually not eligible to receive tax-exempt status here. These NGOs may choose to form a brand new U.S.-based §501(c)(3) or to partner with an existing U.S.-based §501(c)(3) with a similar mission in order to be able to obtain tax-deductible donations from U.S. taxpayers. But U.S.-based nonprofits risk losing their tax-exempt status if they accept donations on behalf of organizations based in other countries without meeting certain IRS requirements. This article outlines the three key factors the IRS uses to determine whether or not a US §501(c)(3) can accept donations on behalf of organizations based outside the U.S.

Posted on April 16, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service recently provided tax-exempt organizations filing relief for returns and tax payment obligations due between April 1 and July 14, 2020. Find more details here.

Posted on March 19, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and goes into effect on April 2, 2020. This law is a financial aid package intended to address the Coronavirus outbreak. It includes several employment-related provisions that affect will employers with fewer than 500 employees, including nonprofits. Employers are required to provide family leave for public health emergencies and paid sick leave. Employers have 15 days to determine how they will comply with the Act and start implementing it. They will also need to provide notice to employees of these new requirements through postings and policies. While the Act provides the Department of Labor with the ability to issue regulations to exempt certain employers with fewer than 50 employees from the family leave requirements, please be aware that no such regulations have, as yet, been issued. See this new Legal Alert for more information.

Posted on January 17, 2020

Have you ever thought about combining with an organization that does similar work or serves the same clients? There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to merge two nonprofit 501(c)(3)s. During this webcast we will explore best practices and lessons learned. Nonprofit mergers are complex and if not done properly can result in a lot of wasted energy, resources and goodwill. We will also discuss the legal process of a merger and when to get a lawyer involved.

Presenters: Erik Speakman, founder, Speakman Management Consulting and Robyn Miller, Senior Corporate/Tax Counsel, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

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Posted on September 20, 2019

PBPA Executive Director, Rachel Epps Spears discusses the good habits that make a successful board member. Learn to be an effective partner to the organization you care so much about and help avoid the pitfalls of financial mismanagement. This knowledge is more important than ever, especially considering recent closures of several well-established nonprofits in Atlanta.

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Posted on September 5, 2019

If your organization’s plans for the new year include a name change, check out our article that presents steps for changing the legal name of a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization in Georgia.