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Private Operating Foundations: A Legal Option for Hands-On Philanthropists

Private operating foundations may have distinct advantages over other types of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations for philanthropists who want to have more direct involvement in guiding their philanthropic program and impact.[1]  Philanthropists with access to the financial means to fund their foundation’s activities …

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California Proposes Law to Regulate Online Fundraising Platforms

What does this mean for charitable solicitation compliance? On February 8th, California Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin introduced Assembly Bill 488, which would establish a new statutory framework for the ever-evolving world of online charitable fundraising platforms.[1] The proposed  bill for “charitable fundraising platforms” …

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Key Legal Issues in Corporate Partnerships

  Are you looking for answers to legal questions that arise in cause marketing and corporate partnerships?  If so, look no further! Last year, Selfishgiving.com founder and blogger  Joe Waters and I distributed a five-question survey to businesses and nonprofits regularly engaged in cause …

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Have you Reviewed your Solicitation Disclosures Lately?

PayPal Giving Fund Enters Multi-State Settlement to Ensure Transparency to Donors

Almost two dozen states announced that they have entered into a multi-state settlement agreement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund (“PPGF”) to ensure that donors have adequate information to make informed decisions when giving through PPGF’s online fundraising platform.  As part of the …

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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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