Special Events: What Are the Legal Issues Your Nonprofit Needs to Know?

  • Nonprofit / Community Development

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, in partnership with DLA Piper and Pfizer Inc., is sponsoring a video conference entitled: SPECIAL EVENTS: What Are the Legal Issues Your Nonprofit Needs to Know?

Gala dinners, walk-a-thons, local and national service days, and other special events can raise funds and increase awareness and excitement for your organization's work. They are also a helpful strategy to recognize existing donors and reach additional supporters. Hosting a successful special event requires significant time, energy and planning, as well as a careful consideration of relevant legal issues.

This Strategic Legal Thinking seminar will review the legal issues that your organization may face in connection with its next special event, including state requirements that apply to organizations that solicit donations in connection with the event; the IRS rules for when participants may claim a tax deduction for cash or in-kind gifts made; and when and how you can recognize event sponsors without running afoul of IRS rules. It will discuss legal questions your organization may encounter when dealing with employees, contractors or special event volunteers, and will present information about how to help ensure that nothing happens that could cause liability for your organization. We also will hear from an experienced nonprofit executive about some of the practical issues that arise in connection with planning and hosting special events.

The conference will be held Wednesday, April 3rd at the offices of DLA Piper, 500 8th Street, NW. (Gallery Place Metro Station on the Red, Green and Yellow lines.) There is no charge for the conference. It is designed for executive directors, fundraising professionals, board members, and other nonprofit staff and volunteers responsible for planning special events.

A luncheon will be served at the conference.

Please click here to register. The registration deadline in March 28th.

For more information, please see the attached brochure.