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Do Good Deeds, Go Unpunished: Legal Pitfalls And Practice Tips For Cause Marketing

“Join in the fight against breast cancer!” Each October, store shelves are filled with pink products and pink packaging in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Businesses across a variety of industries solicit...more

Avoid the Pitfalls of Charity Fundraising

Raffles, bingo, and other games of chance can be great fundraising opportunities for charitable organizations, but they can also land you or your organization in hot water. You may be surprised to learn that there are...more

Californians To Vote On Stripping Common Cause Of Its First Amendment Rights

I recently wrote about SB 1272 (Lieu) which calls a special election for this November 4 at which California voters will be able to cast an advisory vote on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to overturn the U.S....more

Last Minute Uncertainty for Registered Charities Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

Canadian registered charities seeking to comply with Canada’s new anti-spam law (CASL) recently received some disappointing news. CASL is a very complex law and many important issues remain ambiguous and uncertain. Several...more

Sweet charity: Maine repeals its commercial co-venture licensing law

Maine has repealed its statute that requires registration and licensing of commercial co-ventures. Effective on October 8, 2013, co-venturers will no longer be required to obtain a license to conduct a commercial co-venture...more

Exemptive Relief from the Ontario Securities Commission Permits a Limited Crowdfunding Platform

On June 17, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) rendered a decision granting exemptive relief (the Decision) to MaRS Social Venture Connection (MaRS VX), a not-for-profit entity, effectively allowing it to operate...more

Levick Monthly - June 2013: The New Balance; The Impact Of The SEC’s Social Media Pronouncement + How To Protect Your Brand From...

In This Issue: - COVER STORY ..The Impact of The SEC’s Social Media - CORPORATE & REPUTATION ..Everything You Know About Charity Is Wrong - CRISIS ..How Kraft Can Neutralize a Crusading Food...more

Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently released an Information Letter, written in response to a congressman’s inquiry about an unidentified charity’s unidentified practices, confirming that Section 501(c)(3) organizations may use the internet to...more

EXCLUSIVE: Florida’s top sweepstakes regulator discusses recent changes to Florida’s game promotion statute

Effective April 10, 2013, the state of Florida made changes to its Game Promotion Statute. The changes were made partly in response to the state’s recent ban of so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes....more

Form PC Revisions and Other Areas of Focus on Charities – A Summary of Remarks by Mary Beckman, Non-Profit Organizations/Public...

Forthcoming revisions to Form PC, examining new forms of solicitation using social media, and newly proposed legislation regarding director compensation were topics covered by Mary Beckman, Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney...more

DC Circuit Reversed Van Hollen. Players Changed Tactics to Avoid Disclosure. Did It Matter in 2012? by Claudia A. Hrvatin

On September 18, 2012, in Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a March 30th ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia...more

New York Attorney General Issues Best Practices for “Pink Ribbon” and Other Cause Marketing Campaigns

“Cause marketing campaigns,” or “commercial co-ventures” (i.e., advertising campaigns in which a company indicates that the purchase or use of its products will result in a charitable contribution) have long been a popular...more

FCC Proposes to Liberalize Rules Against Noncommercial Stations Fundraising For Third-Party Non-Profit Groups

The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking suggesting, with significant limitations, a liberalization of its rules that prohibit noncommercial broadcasters from raising funds for an entity other than the station...more

Watchdog Group files Complaint on Tax-related Comment by Bishop

The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed an official complaint against Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Peoria, Illinois diocese over remarks he made about how social services for...more

Legal Risks in Nonprofit Social Media Use

Social media has become an invaluable tool for advancing nonprofit causes. But most nonprofits are unaware of the many potential legal traps in the online world. Below are some tips on avoiding legal troubles in social media...more

Social Media and the Law for Nonprofits

Powerpoint presentation to help nonprofits be aware of the legal risks of engaging in social media and of employees' use of social media....more

Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Alert: Cause Marketing Targeted By New York Attorney General

This past June, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went to court to shut down the “Coalition Against Breast Cancer,” which he characterized as a “sham charity that fraudulently raised millions of dollars under...more

Assessing Control of the Noncommercial Broadcaster - FCC Looks to Board of Directors

How do you determine who is control of a noncommercial broadcaster governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors? That question was addressed in a recent FCC decision, dismissing an application for a new noncommercial FM...more

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