NEO Law Group’s Video on Tips for Starting a Nonprofit – Alternatives to Forming a Nonprofit

  Today, NEO Law Group released a new 3 minute video in its series of videos on tips for nonprofits, available on YouTube.  While incorporating a nonprofit and applying for tax exemption may be the right choice in some instances,  there may often be a better way to achieve your charitable goals.  This video focuses on some possible alternatives to formation, including partnering with an existing […]

Alternatives to Forming a Charitable Nonprofit

Check out the article Emily and I wrote for the American Bar Association's Business Law Today on Alternatives to Forming a Charitable Nonprofit here.  It was nice to get a "Hallellujah" from New York Times philanthropy reporter Stephanie Stromm on Twitter. In connection with the Business Law Today issue focusing on nonprofit organizations, Lisa Runquist, Alice Anderson […]

How Independent Audits and Audit Committees Protect Nonprofits

A nonprofit’s viability may depend heavily on the organization’s financial credibility. Proper financial management is essential to the health of any nonprofit and may be pivotal to the protection of the organization’s mission and consequent effectiveness and efficiency. Independent audits and audit committees can help nonprofits make informed financial decisions that further the development and application […]

Risk Management Podcast: How and When Should Your Nonprofit Use a Lawyer?

Nonprofit risk management is an investment, not an expense. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Risk Alternatives CEO Ted Bilich on how and when nonprofits should use a lawyer. The podcast is available here. ​ Topics Lawyers’ Disclaimers Why do lawyers usually want to profess that they are not giving legal advice during interviews […]

CEB: Representing Charitable Nonprofits: Formation and Exemption

On February 22, 2018, Erin and I recorded a webinar for Continuing Education of the Bar – Representing Charitable Nonprofits: Formation and Exemption. It’s a basic to intermediate-level 90 minute CLE program available here. Ensure you can advise clients on the special issues affecting nonprofits. This program covers how to get a nonprofit 501(c)(3) up and […]

California Nonprofit Law: The Self-Dealing Prohibition

Section 5233 of the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law defines and prohibits self-dealing transactions. A self-dealing transaction is defined as “a transaction to which the corporation is a party and in which one or more of its directors has a material financial interest and which does not meet the requirements of paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/27/17

The past week was marked by the extraordinarily powerful Women’s March in Washington DC and throughout the world and the question of what happens next from the new administration and those who are passionately opposed to many of its policies. Have a listen to the flashmob’s I Can’t Keep Quiet while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of […]

Two Lawline CLE Programs for Attorneys Helping California Nonprofits

We are presenting two Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for Lawline on Friday, January 13, 2016 that we hope California attorneys will find helpful in their representation of nonprofits:  Forming a California Nonprofit (Erin) This program will discuss the process of forming a California nonprofit entity, going through the legal considerations involved in each step in […]