Navigating the Maze

Tips and News to help you stay compliant

FTC/NASCO Conference on Consumer Protection and Charitable Solicitation Highlights a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

On March 21st, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) hosted “Give and Take: Consumers, Contributions and Charity,” a conference exploring the intersection between consumer protection issues and charitable solicitations, with a focus on new and evolving fundraising …

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California Attorney General Issues Guidance on Charity Crowdfunding Platform Regulation

The rapid growth of online and social media fundraising activities has caught the attention of state charity regulators. Yet, very little guidance exists that helps businesses, particularly technology companies new to the charitable fundraising space, analyze their compliance obligations under state charitable solicitation laws. In …

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State Charity Regulators Offer Tips on Internet and Social Media Fundraising

 The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) recently posted tips on internet and social media fundraising to help charities and fundraising platforms understand their rights and obligations, and to help donors make informed giving decisions.  The tips highlight four key concerns that state charity regulators …

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Sending Email to Canada? Think First. Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Requires Prior Consent in Many Cases

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”), which became effective on July 1, 2014, requires nonprofit organizations (and others) to obtain consent from recipients in Canada before sending them certain electronic marketing and fundraising messages, and it imposes strict requirements for the content of such messages. CASL applies …

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Trends in Fundraising & Cause Marketing – Local and Grassroots Engagement

In recent years, fundraising and cause marketing trends have been on the rise, particularly those utilizing strong social networks. Local and grassroots community engagement, each with unique features and legal considerations, are worth noting. National Localized Cause Marketing According to the 2013 Cone Communications Social …

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Website Solicitation

A number of states require disclosure notice statements on all written materials used when soliciting contributions. Most often the disclosure notice is required to be included on every printed solicitation or written confirmation, receipt, and reminder of a contribution. Customary examples of printed solicitations are …

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