Author: Karen l. Wu

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Should Our Company Establish a Corporate Foundation?

When used strategically, corporate foundations can advance a company’s philanthropic goals.  However, operating a corporate foundation comes with many legal obligations.  A company’s social impact goals may often be achieved more effectively or efficiently through other strategies. Therefore, it’s critical to assess …

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The Hidden Engine Driving CSR? It’s the Nonprofit Sector…

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) has become an essential and increasingly public part of a company’s business strategy for long-term success. A company’s CSR strategy reflects its approach to operating the business while considering its impact on society, including its social, economic, and …

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2018 NAAG/NASCO Conference – Update on the State Charity Regulatory Landscape

The 2018 conference of the National Association of Attorneys General/National Association of State Charity Officials (NAAG/NASCO), convened on October 1st with the theme of “Charities in a World of Change.”  The agenda included discussions on developments in nonprofit governance and accounting, self-regulatory …

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Sixteen States Enter into Settlement Agreement with Charity Involved in Unlawful Cause Marketing Campaign

Sixteen state agencies have entered into a settlement agreement with Tennessee-based charity Operation Troop Aid (“OTA”) for engaging in a nationwide cause marketing campaign that violated state charitable solicitation laws.  According to the settlement agreement announced on July 19th, OTA violated state …

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Joint Cost Allocations Under Scrutiny by State Regulators: Avoid These Mistakes

Seven years ago, I wrote “Navigating Joint Cost Allocations: Top Five Mistakes to Avoid for the newsletter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In that article I pointed out common mistakes that nonprofits make in conducting joint cost allocations on their fundraising …

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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 …

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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 …

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