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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 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.

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

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Posted on August 17, 2011

Nonprofit boards of directors are often passionate about the cause they support and anxious to find ways to help the organization. But that doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing when it comes to governing a nonprofit. The IRS has become very focused on corporate governance and whether nonprofit boards govern effectively, as evidenced by the very specific questions on the new Form 990. The IRS makes it clear that it wants nonprofit boards to adopt certain policies, such as a conflict of interest policy. But what other policies does your organization need?

During this one hour webcast, our speaker addresses:

  • Why your organization needs a board policy manual;
  • What policies and procedures your organization should include; and
  • How to implement board policies.

Presenter: Dan Rollman, Associate, DLA Piper

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Posted on July 20, 2011

Nonprofits often request medical information from clients and volunteers. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) establishes rules about the collection and protection of health information. Do nonprofits need to comply with HIPAA and, if so, what does HIPAA require?

During this one hour webcast, our speaker addresses:

  • Who is subject to HIPAA?
  • If your organization is subject to HIPAA, what does it need to do to comply?
  • What are the recent and anticipated changes to HIPAA, and how do they affect your organization?

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Posted on June 8, 2011

Georgia has seen some of the highest unemployment rates in the country resulting in historic levels of claims for unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance is temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. In Georgia, employers pay the entire cost of unemployment insurance benefits but nonprofit employers have options for how they pay those unemployment costs and small nonprofits may not be required to pay at all. Nonprofits can avoid paying unnecessary unemployment costs by understanding the system and appealing improper claims.

During this one hour webcast, our speaker explains:

  • Which employers are required to pay into Georgia’s unemployment tax system;
  • Options for nonprofits in paying unemployment;
  • Who is eligible for unemployment benefits;
  • How to avoid paying unnecessary unemployment costs; and
  • What to expect in an appeal.

Presenter: Tracie Johnson Maurer, Of Counsel, Jackson Lewis LLP

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Posted on April 27, 2011

The economy has hit nonprofits hard with more people to serve and less money with which to serve. In some cases, the best option may be for nonprofits to combine.

During this one hour webcast, our speakers help nonprofits understand:

  • The different ways to combine nonprofits
  • The steps for combining nonprofits
  • The advantages and disadvantages of combing nonprofits

Darcy White, Associate, Paul Hastings
Adrienne Smith, Associate, Sutherland

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Posted on March 23, 2011

Does your nonprofit send volunteers on international trips? Do you provide funding for projects in third-world countries? Do you have chapters in other parts of the world? This webcast helps you address the legal issues that your organization may face when operating internationally, including:

  • Sending money abroad,
  • Employment issues,
  • Contracting with foreign individuals or corporations,
  • Fundraising in foreign countries, and
  • Establishing nonprofits or chapters and affiliates in foreign countries.

Linda DiSantis, General Counsel, CARE USA
Eric Johnson, CARE USA

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Posted on January 20, 2011

Does my nonprofit organization need D&O liability insurance? What is D&O insurance anyway? How do I choose a policy or know if we have a good policy? Am I adequately protected as a nonprofit Board member or officer? What are other ways we can protect our officers and directors from liability? Find the answers to these questions in this webcast on directors and officers liability insurance for nonprofits.

Erin Reeves, Securities and Corporate Governance Attorney, Baker Donelson, Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
John Tanner, Senior Vice President & Division Counsel, Financial Services Division of McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc.

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Posted on December 8, 2010

Many nonprofits want to expand beyond the “home office” by setting up chapters or affiliates in other cities. First, a nonprofit should consider whether expansion is a good idea for the organization. Next, a nonprofit should determine what options for expansion work for it. During this one hour webcast, our speaker:

  • Identifies the various issues to consider when establishing chapters or affiliates;
  • Identifies the options for how to structure such chapters or affiliates; and
  • Discusses the pros and cons of each option.

Presenter: Rupert Barkoff, Kilpatrick Stockton

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Posted on November 10, 2010

During last month’s Questions to Consider in Tough Economic Times webcast, John Mills discussed options for nonprofits facing financial challenges with a focus on decreasing expenses and increasing revenue. If you haven’t watched it already, you can view this very helpful presentation here.

In this webcast, Mr. Mills turns to nonprofits that are facing possible shutdown. He will advise on how to put your nonprofit in the best position possible if closure is unavoidable. He also discusses issues to consider in deciding whether a nonprofit can dissolve or may need to file for bankruptcy.

Presenter: John Mills of Barnes & Thornburg

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