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Below is an alphabetical list of currently scheduled and frequently recurring workshops.

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Webinars for Wise Nonprofits: Crowdfunding by Nonprofits: What Nonprofits Should Know When Using Online Fundraising Platforms
May 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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This webinar focuses on the legal and practical issues relating to nonprofits as they consider engaging supporters or raising funds using an online platform, specifically "reward"/"donation" crowdfunding campaigns. It will also very briefly touch on possible use by a nonprofit of "investment" crowdfunding options. Ethany Uttech will describe how ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform that connects leaders with funding and support, operates and works with nonprofits. Participants will learn about some of the different approaches taken by other online platforms, some of the factors to consider in choosing among platforms, and some of the principal legal (and business) considerations, including, "peer-to-peer" campaign elements, charitable solicitation compliance, consumer protections, and tax treatment.

Note: This webinar will not go into detail about the wide variety of online fundraising campaign designs. It will focus more on the relationships between the nonprofit campaign sponsor and the use of an online platform provider.

Learning Objectives: Participants will identify significant issues to address in fundraising through online platforms.

For nonprofit executives, managers, development professionals, and others involved in nonprofit fundraising.

Presenters: Neil Stevenson, Senior Staff Attorney and Ethany Uttech, Leader Action Strategist and Partnership Manager at ioby

Webinars for Wise Nonprofits: Making the Most of Election Season: Civic Engagement and Nonpartisan Advocacy within the Rules
June 7, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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With the 2017 election season quickly approaching, nonprofit organizations need to consider how they can help educate and mobilize their communities without jeopardizing their tax exempt status. While 501(c)(3) organizations cannot participate in election season in a partisan manner, they can run voter registration and get out the vote campaigns, hold candidate forums, and produce voter guides, so long as they do so in a nonpartisan manner. This webinar will explain how to do all of that and more. It will also provide advice on how to respond when a candidate asks to use an organization's space or mailing lists, or invites himself to appear at an organization's event.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify activities that could be considered partisan within the meaning of state and federal law so as to develop effective advocacy programs that are legally compliant.

For nonprofit managers and advocates.

Presenter: Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel

Becoming a Nonprofit: Incorporation and Tax Exemption
June 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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Getting a new nonprofit organization off to the right start can mean the difference between success and failure. This workshop will go step-by-step through the process of incorporating in New York State and applying for federal tax exempt status. Attention will be given to the benefits and obligations of incorporation and tax-exempt status including reporting requirements, the role of board members, and the limitations on lobbying and political activities.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to evaluate the decision to form a nonprofit corporation and apply for federal tax exemption based upon an understanding of state and federal law.

For those interested in forming a nonprofit organization in New York.

Presenter: Mary Burner, Staff Attorney

Compensating Nonprofit Executives: State Law, IRS Rules, and Best Practices
May 24, 2017 - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Paying excessive management salaries or paying more than fair market value for goods or services provided by insiders is wasteful and can result in enforcement actions against the organization and the responsible individuals. This workshop will provide legal and practical information for nonprofit organizations that seek to set reasonable compensation for executive directors and other senior managers, enter into legitimate transactions with Board members and other insiders, and comply with the conflict of interest and related reporting requirements on federal Form 990.

Learning objective: Participants will be able to establish procedures for setting reasonable compensation for executive staff and manage conflict of interest transactions consistent with state and federal law.

For senior managers, human resources professionals, and Board members.

Presenter: Sean Delany, Executive Director