Legal Insight For New Nonprofits

Lori Halley 14 August 2014 0 comments

There is so much to think about when you are starting or taking on leadership at a nonprofit. So when we heard about a new webinar series we thought we should share it with our readers.

Legal Issues for New Nonprofits 
is an 8-part webinar series designed to provide general legal information about operating a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation in the U.S.  

These webinars explain many of the rules and best practices for maintaining your tax-exempt status, including:

  • governance, fundraising and record-keeping requirements
  • a general overview for compliance with employment laws
  • protecting your organization's trademarks and copyrights
  • financial oversight by the board
  • basics of risk management to protect your organization and your clients

Legal Issues for New Nonprofits is a joint effort of Pro Bono Partnership, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, and Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

While geared towards new nonprofits, these free on-demand webinars are also appropriate for smaller nonprofits (for example, nonprofits that file IRS Form 990-N).

To see what the series includes, they offer a description here. You can also check out their Course Outline PDF. Each of the 8 webinars are provided in video as well as slide format.

Additional legal information and resources for nonprofits

In addition, through their LawHelp.org website, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program's Community Economic Development Project also offers a library of resources  for nonprofits and small businesses on topics such as: Legal Issues for New Nonprofits; Starting a Nonprofit; Manuals (e.g., “Welcome to the Board of Directors”); Risk Management and Insurance; and more.

It’s good to remember, as they clearly note, that “the information provided [via their website and webinar series] is a public service of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and is provided solely for informational purposes, [and] should not be construed as, and does not constitute, legal advice.”

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Published Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 8:30 AM

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