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Posted on July 27, 2018

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular tool in a nonprofit’s fundraising arsenal, and with good reason. Crowdfunding is essentially a means of asking for online donations to support specific projects and fundraising events. Organizations can pay crowdfunding platforms such as Crowdrise, PayPal Giving Fund, and Kiva, which are fundraising websites specifically geared towards nonprofits, to showcase particular projects and to collect donations on their behalf. Doing so can enable even a small nonprofit to gain national exposure and significantly enhance its funding potential.

With the benefits and popularity surrounding crowdfunding, it is easy to overlook the potential associated legal risks. For every nonprofit currently engaged in or considering engaging in crowdfunding, here are a few of the many factors to consider.

Posted on February 22, 2018

What nonprofit would not want a grant from a federal or state agency to help them accomplish their mission and to relieve some of the constant fundraising pressure that all nonprofits face? Grants are free money! But they do have strings attached. A children’s hospital misreported information on a federal grant application and had to pay $12.9 million to resolve the charges. Managers of a charter school faced charges and claims for grant fraud. Even Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has gotten stung with multimillion-dollar sanctions. Is your nonprofit poised to stay on the right side of obligations as a grant recipient?

During this webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand:
– What are grant recipients’ compliance obligations?
– What are the systems nonprofits need in place to prevent non-compliance?
– How do you “idiot proof” your organization from application prep to close out?
– How training and monitoring can keep you out of prison and bankruptcy?
– What does it mean to be a “Steward of Public Funds”?

Presenter: Carl Gebo, President of Government Contractors Assistance and Resource Line

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Posted on February 19, 2018

If your nonprofit provides donors with an item in return for a donation, you will need to determine whether such item qualifies as a “low-cost article”. That question impacts how much the donor can deduct for his or her donation and what language you need to include on the acknowledgment of the donation.

Posted on December 19, 2017

Thrift shops are a popular way for nonprofit organizations to earn extra income. Whether your nonprofit is about to open the doors to your new thrift shop or you have been running one for years, this article raises some of the legal issues to consider.

Posted on December 7, 2017

Of course, as a Georgia nonprofit 501(c)(3), you want to thank your donors for their generous donations, but did you know there are federal law requirements about how to acknowledge donations? If it’s not done the correct way, there can be fines for the nonprofit and the donor may not be able to take the tax deduction.

During this webcast, the speaker will:
– Define charitable contributions,
– Discuss the federal requirements for acknowledging donations including large cash donations, donations where items are given to the donor in return, in-kind donations, donated services and donated space, and
– Explain the proper form and format for acknowledgements including what must be disclosed.

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

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Posted on July 7, 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.

Click here for another article about charitable registration in Georgia.

Posted on April 3, 2017

Nonprofits often host fundraisers in which activities like raffles and bingo are used to raise funds. They need to be aware of the federal and state regulations governing these activities.

During this webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand how federal and Georgia laws impact a nonprofit’s ability to fundraise using gambling, such as raffles or bingo.

Presenter: Jennifer Bumbalough, The American Cancer Society

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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 January 3, 2017

Because nonprofits enjoy a significant discount on application fees for outdoor festival and alcohol permits in Atlanta, some for-profit entities have asked nonprofits to apply for such permits on their behalf. This article lays out some of the risks nonprofits should consider before agreeing to file for a permit on a for-profit’s behalf.