NASCO: 50 State Survey on Crowdfunding Regulations

The National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) published Results from 50 State Survey on Regulation of Crowdfunding Activities on October 3, 2017 (download PowerPoint file here). The Survey was designed and distributed to 50 States and the District of Columbia by the NASCO Crowdfunding Working Group convened in 2016. 41 States (including DC) responded. […]

Affinity Fundraising Registration Webinar: Crowdfunding and Your Charity

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, I’ll be presenting Crowdfunding and Your Charity: Legal Traps and Tips from a Nonprofit Lawyer for Affinity Fundraising Registration. Here’s the description of the program from Affinity: There’s little doubt that crowdfunding, or raising money for a cause by soliciting a large number of people through social media and online platforms, […]

NAAG / NASCO Annual Conference 2017 – Crowdfunding

This week, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) held their annual meeting and conference in Washington DC. This year’s theme was “The Impact of Technology on Charities Regulation.” The agenda is available here.  National Association of Attorneys General The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was […]

FTC/NASCO Conference on Consumers, Contributions and Charity

On March 21, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) hosted Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions, and Charity, a conference exploring charitable solicitations and consumer protection issues. Americans are among the most generous people in the world, contributing more than $373 billion to charity in 2015. Per capita giving […]

Nonprofit Radio: Crowdfunding Laws

I’ll be on Nonprofit Radio this Friday at 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET talking with host Tony Martignetti about crowdfunding laws. Catch us live on Talking Alternative or a few days later on iTunes (where you can also find our previous discussion on crowdfunding). Background Information Crowdfunding is defined as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small […]

Crowdfunding Rap

I’m moderating a panel on crowdfunding this morning at the 20th Annual Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations. In honor of the session, and thinking back to my recent trip to New York where reasonably priced Hamilton tickets were impossible to find, I wrote the following (still unfinished) rap – In the style of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s […]

Legal and Ethical Crowdfunding for Non-profits: An ABA Webinar

I’ll be on a panel presenting a webinar for the American Bar Association titled Legal and Ethical Crowdfunding for Non-profits: Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Best Practices. Date: June 28, 2016. Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am PT / 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. 1.50 Ethics/Professionalism CLE Credit Hours. Presenters: Michael E Adler, moderator Katherine Emily Redman Gene Takagi Hash Zahed […]

Nonprofit Radio: Crowdfunding

I’ll be on Nonprofit Radio speaking with host Tony Martignetti this Friday at 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET about charitable crowdfunding. You can tune in to the live feed on Talking Alternative or catch up later on iTunes. We’ll be talking about: The difference between an individual and a charity crowdfunding for a charitable purpose Whether a crowdfunding site operator is […]

Nonprofit Crowdfunding Risks

The popularity of nonprofit crowdfunding is undeniable. Last year alone, it is estimated that $5 billion was raised through global crowdfunding with about 30 percent of that total going to social causes. While that figure pales in comparison to the approximately $300 billion raised by charities in the US over the same time period, the […]