March 30, 2017 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Dealing with Nonprofit Donors: Risks, Restrictions, and When to Say "No Thanks"

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Dealing with Nonprofit Donors

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Situations involving the presidential candidates' charities that were highly publicized during the recent election have shed light on some of the difficulties faced by charitable organizations and their donors. Although donors are the backbone of most charities, failure to pay careful attention to the relationship between the donor and the charity can result in legal risk and embarrassment for both of them. Complications can arise from the identity of the donor, the nature of the gift, and the restrictions placed on the contribution. The panelists—experienced in the legal and donor-development issues affecting nonprofits—will evaluate problems that are likely to be encountered by charities as they process donations and strive to protect themselves. Topics to be covered include:

  • Developments in donor privacy, including recent developments in the need to disclose donors and the use of confidentiality agreements
  • Acceptable and unacceptable donor restrictions on gifts, including the impact on the charitable tax deduction and threats to federal tax-exempt status
  • The use of gift acceptance policies and what should—and should not—be contained in such policies
  • Techniques for protecting the charity from a “rogue” donor
  • Dealing with donors when the charity incurs adverse publicity

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Networking Luncheon
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET - Program/Webinar

Robert L. Waldman, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Business Division, Venable LLP
Rebecca Rothey, CFRE, CAP®, Vice President, Development and Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

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