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Nonprofit Bylaws – Webinar

All nonprofits need bylaws. Bylaws are the governing document for the nonprofit and its board of directors. But what does that mean? What is the real purpose of the bylaws and what provisions should be in the bylaws?

This training for nonprofit leaders will cover the purpose of nonprofit bylaws, and explain all necessary or recommended nonprofit bylaw provisions. This training is excellent for those who are going to start a nonprofit, or would like to review and update their nonprofit provisions. Highly recommended for nonprofit board members.

Let’s Go Legal! – Aberdeen

Let’s Go Legal covers the five main topics board members need to know: State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment, and Intellectual Property. Let’s Go Legal shows how your organization is like a car. You need to register it with the state, driving on federal roads involves an additional set of rules, you need fuel to move your car forward (that’s the money part), the people in the car matter, and the look and feel of your car make it special. It covers what you need to know about each of these topics and provides an easy checklist to make sure your organization covers it all.

We will take some deeper dives into nonprofit law topics along the way: by-laws and how to use them to strengthen your board practice, advocacy and ways to grow your mission within the public sector.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop is designed for nonprofit board members or staff interested in nonprofit law basics. It is appropriate for organizations with or without staff.

Best Practices for Non-Profits: Managing Personnel Files and Preparing Employee Documentation – Webinar

Jackson Lewis P.C. and Exponentum are pleased to present a complimentary webinar for nonprofit employers.

This webinar will share best practices for HR record keeping and personnel files, including what types of separate files to maintain, what should be in each file, and the basics of file maintenance and retention.

We will also share tips on: how to prepare effective documentation; what to do and what not to do; how documentation plays a part in court; and tips on how to stay out of trouble.

All executive directors, in-house counsel, human resources professionals, board members, and other leaders of non-profit organizations are invited to attend.

Advocacy for Nonprofits – Back to Basics – Kent

South King County:

This training is part of our South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series and is intended for residents of S. King County and organizations that serve S. King County residents. Registration is limited to S. King County participants. This training is also sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and City of Kent and is a partnership of Wayfind and the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC).

More and more, nonprofits are using advocacy and lobbying to accomplish their missions.  Using advocacy and lobbying are powerful tools to get more funding for their programs and change rules, regulations and laws to work better for their communities.  Nonprofits are recognizing that we can’t do this work alone and we need to partner with our state and local governments to create the change we want to see in our communities.

Can nonprofits do advocacy and lobbying to accomplish their missions? Yes -They can!  Join us to learn about the different types of advocacy and lobbying that nonprofits can do and how to do it and stay in compliance with the law.

This workshop is designed to help nonprofits that are just starting to do some advocacy and lobbying or have not yet done any advocacy or lobbying before. We will cover the basics of how government works and how nonprofits can advocate and partner with government entities to help accomplish their missions.  We will also address the legal compliance and limitations that all nonprofits should know about.

Hot dinner provided!

 

Eastside Legal Clinic + Choice of Entities Workshop

Nonprofit and Microenterprise Legal Clinic 

Date: May 13th, 2019

Time: 45-minute appointments available at the following times:

·      5:00-5:45pm

·      7:15-8:00pm

Location:  Redmond Library 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Cost: FREE – Food Provided

Wayfind is partnering with Nonprofit and Philanthropy Resource Center- King County Library System, Eastside Refugees and Immigration Coalition, Nonprofit Assistance Center, Ventures, and Muslim Community and Resource Center to offer free business law consultations with a lawyer to small business owners and nonprofit board members or staff.

Sign up to meet with a lawyer, at no cost, and ask them your legal questions about your business or nonprofit.  There will be attorneys with expertise in the following areas:

Starting up your business or nonprofit:
– Which type of legal entity should you become? Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Corporation, Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Nonprofit
– Incorporation
– Obtaining 501c3 tax-exemption for Nonprofits
– Contracts
– Employment Law
– Intellectual Property (Protecting your name and logo)

Please register by reaching out to Sarah Baker at Wayfind – sarahb@wayfindlegal.org

 

Choice of Entities Workshop

Date:        May 13th, 2019

Time:        6:00 – 7:00pm

Location: Redmond Library 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Cost:         FREE- Food provided

As part of our East Side Legal Clinic, we will be offering a training designed for small businesses to learn about the common legal issues that small businesses face.  This training is free of charge!  It is a great opportunity to get information about running your business from experienced lawyers, who have prepared presentations and materials with you in mind and are available to answer questions in person at the training.

Attorneys may also attend this session for 1.0 CLE credits Law and Legal.

We will answer the following questions at the training:

·      Which type of entity will save me the most taxes?

·      Can someone sue me for my personal assets, like my home?

·      Which type of entity is better if I have investors or partners?

To register for this workshop, please contact Wayfind’s Program Manager, Sarah Baker: Sarahb@wayfindlegal.org

*If you are an attorney please include your bar number in your email*

Social Media and Nonprofits: Legal Best Practices – Webinar

Using social media is now almost a necessity in running a nonprofit. Everyone uses it and social media can be powerful tool in getting news about your organization out to your constituents. Social media is also used to promote events, post job postings, and advocacy. However, social media also brings risks that can compromise your organization. Because social media is powerful, mistakes can have significant consequences. Join us for this webinar to learn about the legal considerations and risks that every nonprofit using social media should be aware of. Learn also about best practices to make the most out of social media and avoid the potential hazards of using social media. Specifically, we will talk about potential for causing harm to others, misusing of intellectual property and policies around employees use of social media.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is concerned about liability to the nonprofit organization, nonprofit management (board and staff), and communications staff who would use social media.

About The Presenter

Madhu K. Singh, Foundry Law Group

Madhu is the founder and chief legal officer at Foundry Law Group. She and her team enjoy growing the firm by empowering businesses and nonprofits to get organized and protect their assets and intellectual property. Madhu believes in building strong relationships with her clients by acting as a resource and being active within the local business community. She volunteers regularly with Wayfind by speaking at CLEs, providing legal consults at micro-enterprise clinics, working probono with wayfind clients, and supervising a cohort of attorneys new to advising nonprofits. Madhu also sits on several board including the Women’s Business Exchange. In 2014 she was named the Woman Business Owner of the year by the Small Business Administration and has been named a ‘rising star’ by Superlawyers for the past three years. In addition to her practice, she is in her sixth year as an Adjunct Faculty at the Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic at Seattle University School of Law. She holds a JD and MBA from the University of Kansas.

Risk Management for Organizations Serving Children + Free Legal Clinic – Kent

South King County:

This training is part of our South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series and is intended for residents of S. King County and organizations that serve S. King County residents. Registration is limited to S. King County participants. This training is also sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and City of Kent and is a partnership of Wayfind and the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC).

Join us for this new legal training on the important and sensitive issue of keeping children safe while in the care of programs intended to serve them and minimizing liability for the organizations who serve children.   Preventing sexual and other misconduct in programs that are intended to serve children and keep them safe requires intentional practices of having the right policies in place and following those policies.  These policies can include who and how you hire employees and volunteers, how you train your employees and volunteers, complying with mandatory reporting laws, and how you communicate with families.

This training will cover the risks involved when serving children, prevention of sexual and other misconduct, including appropriate policies, social media use, insurance coverage, releases, and legal compliance requirements.  We will answer the following questions:

How do we keep our organization safe for children and families?
How do we protect our organization from liability in our work with children?
What do we do if the children in our programs are misuing social media?
What are the elements of a good internal policy for our employees and volunteers who work with children?
When are background checks required and who should be checked?
This training is intended for organizations that serve children and families, including:

·      Churches

·      Preschools

·      Schools

·      Youth Sports Programs

·      Out of School Time Programs

·      Summer Camps

Dinner is provided!

If you are a board member or volunteer for a nonprofit organization and would like to receive a free legal consultation prior to this training, please contact me at sarahb@wayfindlegal.org for more information and scheduling. The clinic is by appointment ONLY. 

This training is also intended for lawyers who advise organizations that serve children and will offer 2 CLE credits law and legal, pending approval.

$10 admission for community organizations.

$125 admission for attorneys seeking CLE credit.

South King County:

This training is part of our South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series and is intended for residents of S. King County and organizations that serve S. King County residents. Registration is limited to S. King County participants. This training is also sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and City of Kent and is a partnership of Wayfind and the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC).

Advocacy and Lobbying – What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

$60 – Nonprofit Members/Community Partners

$125 –Attorneys (CLE credit – 2.25 law and legal)

 

Presenters: Elaine Rose, Sheila Anderson, Campion Advocacy Fund and Stand for Your Mission, and David Lawson, Davis Wright Tremaine

This seminar will examine the rules around advocacy and lobbying by nonprofit tax-exempt organizations in Washington State.  There are many misconceptions about whether and to what extent nonprofits can engage in lobbying and advocacy. Nonprofits can do some advocacy and lobbying, but there are limitations and specific rules regarding the type and amount of advocacyand lobbying that nonprofit tax-exempt organizations can do.  We will explore the Washington State and City of Seattle law registration requirements and the Federal tax law restrictions on tax-exempt organizations that do advocacy and lobbying.

 

Light snacks and coffee, tea and water will be served. Please bring your own lunch.

Thank you to the Campion Foundation for supporting this training!

Let’s Go Legal! – Seattle

Let’s Go Legal!
Getting on the Right Road to Compliance and Protection
Monday, April 15, 2019
1:00PM – 4:00PM
University Heights Center, Seattle

Let’s Go Legal covers the five main topics board members need to know: State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment, and Intellectual Property. Let’s Go Legal shows how your organization is like a car. You need to register it with the state, driving on federal roads involves an additional set of rules, you need fuel to move your car forward (that’s the money part), the people in the car matter, and the look and feel of your car make it special. It covers what you need to know about each of these topics and provides an easy checklist to make sure your organization covers it all.

We will take some deeper dives into nonprofit law topics along the way: by-laws and how to use them to strengthen your board practice, advocacy and ways to grow your mission within the public sector.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop is designed for nonprofit board members or staff interested in nonprofit law basics. It is appropriate for organizations with or without staff.

 About The Presenters

Nancy Bacon, Washington Nonprofits
Nancy is a teacher and instructional designer who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She led the teams creating Finance Unlocked, Boards in Gear, Let’s Go Legal, and Strategic Planning in Nonprofits and regularly teaches on nonprofits topics in communities across Washington.

Brenda Tausch Lapora, Wayfind Legal
Brenda joined Wayfind in 2015. She has a background in civil legal aid, veterans law, and assisting nonprofits with transactional matters. Prior to joining Wayfind, Brenda launched the military Discharge Upgrade Clinic for the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project in New York City, and she represented veterans in veterans’ benefits and military discharge upgrade cases. She first started assisting low-income individuals and communities as an attorney on the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR legal hotline. Brenda also has experience teaching Ethiopian law students at Haramaya University, where she lived for six months. She has served on the Board of Directors of six nonprofits, and is currently on the Seattle Globalist’s Board. Brenda is also a part-time faculty member for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program, and is a 2017 JustLead Washington Leadership Academy Fellow.

 Cost

Washington Nonprofits is pleased to offer its members a discounted price. If you are interested in becoming a member, please find more information here.

$20 Members of Washington Nonprofits (Check the Member Resources Page for the Member-only Promo Code)

$30 Not-yet-members

Cost should not be a barrier to participate. Please contact Washington Nonprofits if you have any requests, concerns, or questions.

Let’s Go Legal! – Webinar

Let’s Go Legal!
Getting on the Right Road to Compliance and Protection
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00PM – 1:30PM
Free, Online through Washington Nonprofits

Let’s Go Legal covers the five main topics board members need to know: State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment, and Intellectual Property. Let’s Go Legal shows how your organization is like a car. You need to register it with the state, driving on federal roads involves an additional set of rules, you need fuel to move your car forward (that’s the money part), the people in the car matter, and the look and feel of your car make it special. It covers what you need to know about each of these topics and provides an easy checklist to make sure your organization covers it all.

We will take some deeper dives into nonprofit law topics along the way: by-laws and how to use them to strengthen your board practice, advocacy and ways to grow your mission within the public sector.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This webinar is designed for nonprofit board members or staff interested in nonprofit law basics. It is appropriate for organizations with or without staff.

About The Presenters

Nancy Bacon, Washington Nonprofits
Nancy is a teacher and instructional designer who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She led the teams creating Finance Unlocked, Boards in Gear, Let’s Go Legal, and Strategic Planning in Nonprofits and regularly teaches on nonprofits topics in communities across Washington.

 

Tony Ramsey, Karr Tuttle Campbell
Tony Ramsey is an attorney with Karr Tuttle Campbell and is a member of the firm’s trusts and estates and taxation practice groups. In his practice, Tony regularly advises tax-exempt organizations on legal issues related to formation, corporate governance, and qualification for and maintenance of tax-exempt status. Prior to joining the firm, Tony was a summer associate with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he supported the legal team in providing guidance across a variety of areas including tax, transactional, employment, and operations. He currently serves as an adjunct professor with the Graduate Program in Taxation at the University of Washington School of Law and as a mentor attorney with Wayfind’s “Start-up Advocates Program.” Tony earned his B.A. degree from Seattle University and both his J.D. and LL.M. in taxation degrees from the University of Washington School of Law.