Cause-Related Marketing Campaigns: The Legal Concerns With Each Step

From the outside looking in, cause-related marketing campaigns seem pretty straight forward. A company sells something and donates a certain amount from each sale to an organization.   But whenever: 1. a product or a service is offered for purchase; 2.with a promise that the purchase will benefit a charity or cause there are all […]

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Article About Nonprofit Trademarks

I came across this article today and had to share. Not long ago I posted an article on things exempt orgs should do to protect its intellectual property (here). Then, in a fit of serendipity I came across this article outlining ways exempt orgs can protect one particular type of intellectual property; trademarks. I wanted […]

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Much Ado About IP

Whenever I speak, it always surprises me that the most popular questions I get deal with intellectual property. Not what it takes to get a tax exempt status and nada on starting an organization. But questions about when to copyright and how much the patent process is. Which to me, is uncanny. Generally, I don”t […]

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Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

    Tada!! Here it is, the last post in the internal controls series. The last two things I’ll talk about (don’t look so happy) is detection and maintenance. Detection I often try to impress that internal controls don’t just address the “bad stuff”, they catch mistakes as well. But, as we see in the […]

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Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do

The framework was set regarding what to think about with internal controls in my previous post  so now we can talk about a few types of internal controls you might consider putting in place now. Things You Can Start Doing Now Cash, Checks and Deposits.  Cash is one of the biggest exposures an organization has. […]

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Understanding and Negotiating Nonprofit Software Licenses

Not to long ago I had the pleasure of participating in a webinar hosted by 4Good and CJW Consulting called Understanding Software Agreements: The Legal Concerns Nonprofits Should Know.  For those who not only sign software agreements (who doesn’t) but also want to understand what they’re signing you should find this helpful. Gone will be the […]

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Nonprofit Internal Controls: Post Numero Uno

Whew. Now that things have slowed down a bit I want to post about something many (if not all) the last few presentation organizer’s have asked me to talk about; internal controls. Specifically, internal controls for organizations with staff smaller than 10 people and budgets less than 100K. What Are They and Why Do They […]

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