June 14, 2018 - 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET

Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Charitable Fundraising

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Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Charitable Fundraising

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It's a fact of life: in order for nonprofits to have the resources needed to serve their charitable missions, they need to raise money. And that is where fundraising and donor outreach come in, but these activities are heavily scrutinized by state and federal regulators, charity watchdog groups, and savvy donors.

Charities and their professional fundraisers are subject to a web of registration obligations, state and federal consumer protection laws, and the influence of industry watchdogs. Traditional fundraising methods such as telemarketing and direct mail have regulators' attention, while plaintiffs' lawyers have begun to lob TCPA suits against charities and their fundraisers. Meanwhile, emerging fundraising platforms such as social media campaigns and crowdfunding have regulators grappling with how to apply old laws to new technologies.

In this program, our panelists will discuss:

  • The regulatory and litigation landscape of charitable solicitations;
  • Key considerations and recent enforcement actions for both new and traditional fundraising methods;
  • Other considerations, such as IRS rules, intellectual property, and donor privacy issues; and
  • Compliance "checklists" that charities should keep in mind to safeguard their fundraising campaigns.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET - Registration/Networking
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET - Program/Video Webinar
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET - Reception

Eric Berman, Partner, Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable LLP

Atitaya Rok, Associate General Counsel, American College of Cardiology
Yael Fuchs, Co-Section Chief, Charities Bureau Enforcement Section, New York State Office of the Attorney General

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