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Business Law Nonprofit Organizations Committee

Updates from the Business Law Nonprofit Organizations Committee

Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Gambling and nonprofit fundraising in California.” Our presenter is Jarhett Blonien. Nonprofits often use bingo, raffles, poker nights, and other gaming in fundraising, and employ sweepstakes and contests to generate interest in their programs. This program will provide an overview of the gambling laws in California as they apply to nonprofit organizations. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for Non-Profit Boards and Their Advisors.” Our presenters are Carol A. Bradford, Elizabeth Bluestein and Louis E. Michelson. The following topics will be discussed: Who is the Client? Avoiding the Representation of Adverse Interests; Payment of Fees by Third Party and Competency and Independent Judgment. This presentation was recently given by the presenters at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the California Lawyers Association in Monterey, California. Read more
The Nonprofit Organizations Committee serves as a resource for nonprofit lawyers on issues addressing the legal problems of not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, including corporate formation, federal and state tax issues, lobbying and political involvement, trustee duties and liability, charitable solicitations, and investments of financial assets. On December 19, 2019, the Nonprofit Organizations Committee presented a program on the topic of “Classifying Workers in California: Independent Contractors, Volunteers & Employees.” The presenter was Cecilie Read of Jackson Lewis. Misclassifying… Read more
Please note that, effective February 1, 2020, the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts will require charities and commercial fundraisers to use new and amended forms. The official forms will be made available on the Attorney General’s website on January 31, 2020. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Classifying Workers in California: Independent Contractors, Volunteers & Employees. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Donor-Advised Funds After Notice 2017-73.” Our presenter is Reynolds Cafferata of Rodrigues, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP. In late 2017, the IRS published Notice 2017-73 on donor-advised funds (DAFs). The notice provided interim guidance on use of DAFs to satisfy donor pledges, and sought comments on a number of DAF issues that are expected to be addressed when regulatory guidance is eventually published for Sections 4966 and 4967 of the Internal Revenue Code. The program will discuss both the content of Notice 2017-73 and how charities that sponsor DAFs are responding to it. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “California Campaign Finance Rules for Multipurpose Organizations.” Our presenter is Emily A. Andrews of Olson, Hagel & Fishburn. Under the California Political Reform Act, a “multipurpose organization” is a nonprofit organization that operates for purposes other than supporting or opposing California state or local ballot measures or candidates. Multipurpose organizations are required to register and report as “political committees” if they raise or spend money beyond certain safe harbor thresholds for either ballot measure advocacy, or to support or oppose candidates. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Update on Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Organizations.” Our presenter is Zenaida Espanola, Acting Chief Appraiser at the Los Angeles County Assessor. The meeting will held jointly with the Tax Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “The Forever Tax: IRS Trust Fund Penalties.” Our presenter is Kneave Riggall, Attorney/Certified Tax Law Specialist. This presentation will discuss the dire consequences of being a "responsible person" when employment taxes are not paid over to the IRS. Read more
Please join the Nonprofit Organizations Committee for a program on the topic of “Blockchain 101: An Introduction to Blockchain Technology, Industry, and Regulation for Attorneys.” Our presenter is Michael J. Fluhr, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. This presentation will include a basic explanation of blockchain and cryptocurrency fundamentals, how different industries use this technology, and how the government regulates it. Read more

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