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Posted on April 24, 2014

Nonprofit organizations use technology to streamline otherwise time consuming paper and pen processes. Electronic signatures offer one such opportunity to simplify agreements with your beneficiaries, volunteers, staff, and other third parties. This article helps guide you in determining whether to adopt the use of electronic signatures at your nonprofit.

Posted on February 14, 2014

Do you collect information from children under the age of 13 on your website? If so, you need to be familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) which restricts online data collection from children under 13. Recently, the FTC revised and expanded COPPA. During this webinar our speaker will highlight the basics of COPPA and the new changes, as well. This will include:

• Basic policies and protections for children under the age of 13.
• The expanded definition of “personal information” and when parental consent will be required for collecting information.
• New policies regarding online chat rooms or message boards.
• Application of COPPA’s new rules related to social media.
• Streamlining privacy notices included in parental consent notices and privacy policies.

Presenter: Pam Lina, Turner

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Posted on January 17, 2014

Electronic signatures can help get your organization’s business done easier and faster. By having participants and volunteers sign liability releases and other agreements online, you can reduce paperwork, shorten contract exchange times, and ease your document retention burdens. But electronic signatures also present special concerns and issues that, while they can be overcome, you should be mindful of. We’ll walk through the issues, discuss online release and digitally signed contracts, and present some best practices.

Presenter: Creighton Frommer

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Posted on November 14, 2012

As a nonprofit, your organization may have access to a lot of information about a lot of different people, including clients, volunteers, employees and donors. Information is necessary to enable your organization to better serve your clients, manage your volunteers and employees, and communicate with your donors. But mismanagement of information can have legal consequences or, worse yet, damage your reputation in the community.
This webcast will answer the following questions:

• What are the basic privacy and data security legal and regulatory requirements every nonprofit should know?
• How can your organization collect, use, share, and dispose of personal information without getting into trouble?
• What happens if the personal information you collect is lost or stolen?
• What are some privacy and data security best practices that you can implement today?

Presenter: Stacey Keegan, Home Depot

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Posted on June 15, 2012

After a frustrating day at work, an employee comes home, logs onto Facebook, and posts on her wall that she hates her boss, her co-workers are incompetent, she doesn’t get paid enough, and she works too many hours. When her boss learns about the posting, the employee is fired. Under federal labor laws, this firing might be illegal.

With the use of social media on the rise, employers are facing the difficult decision of what to do when employees discuss work-related issues on social media. This is especially a concern for nonprofits, which rely on public image and trust to remain sustainable. In each situation, employers must react carefully so as to not tread on employees’ rights under federal law. This new article on our website discusses recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning discipline or termination of employees for social media postings and suggests best practices for employers to avoid problems.

Posted on March 22, 2012

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

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Posted on December 7, 2011

Whether your website is simple or complex, your organization could benefit by reviewing the legal issues that may arise from your website. Learn about each of them in this guide.

Posted on December 7, 2011

Does your Organization receive donations through an internet website? Here’s when, where and how you might have to register to solicit donations in different states.

Posted on November 16, 2011

Odds are that many of your employees regularly visit online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. It’s also likely that more than a few maintain their own blogs. You may even have employees that maintain sites on behalf of your organization. Should an employer care about what employees are doing online? Absolutely! During this webcast, our speakers help nonprofits understand the following risks related to social networking activities:

  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Copyright infringement
  • Protection of your organization’s proprietary and confidential information
  • Other legal risks for employers
  • How to use social media safely and successfully

Our speakers then provide best practices for creating and enforcing policies to minimize these risks.

Presenters:
Lael Bellamy, Chief Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, ING Americas
Justin Connell, Associate, Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson LLP

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Posted on January 20, 2010

Virtually every nonprofit has a website, yet many do not consider the legal ramifications of having them. This webinar focuses on just a few:

  • Policies presented on a website including, but not limited to, terms and conditions and privacy
  • Who owns the rights to the website and other considerations regarding the web host
  • Intellectual property issues related to domain names, content, pictures, and links to other websites.

Presenter: Bill Helmstetter, Alston & Bird

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