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Fundraising Law Made Easy

Even the smallest nonprofit needs legal advice on how to fundraise according to the laws that govern it. With the increased scrutiny now being directed at nonprofit fundraising campaigns, precise observance of all applicable federal, state, and local laws is more important than ever to prevent well-intentioned efforts from turning into nightmare situations. Filled with straightforward, clear guidance on the ins and outs of fundraising law, Fundraising Law Made Easy demystifies this topic for your nonprofit's board members in order to successfully navigate the basics.

Author Bruce R. Hopkins—a leading authority on the laws regulating fundraising—offers essential, practical legal information in easy-to-understand English. His practical tips and "red flags" provide useful advice and present critical information in an efficient and comprehensible fashion.

Now your nonprofit can be fully informed about the basic legal requirements affecting fundraising for charity and avoid the perils lurking in the myriad charitable solicitation-law and tax-law traps. Fundraising Law Made Easy clearly shows you how, with insights clarifying everything you need to know, including:

  • What charitable fundraising is and isn't

  • A primer on nonprofit law

  • Public charities and private foundations

  • Federal annual reporting requirements

  • Charitable giving rules

  • Unrelated business rules

  • Other federal tax law regulation of fundraising

  • Fundraising and constitutional law

  • Fundraising and governance

  • Fundraising and IRS audits

  • Fundraising and fraud

  • And much more

Mandatory reading for anyone involved in fundraising on behalf of their nonprofit or charitable organization, Fundraising Law Made Easy illuminates the legalities surrounding charitable fundraising, and authoritatively and thoroughly guides you through every aspect of its laws.

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"As fundraisers, we focus on cultivating relationships with donors and inspiring them about the impact their gifts can make. But the reality is, federal and state laws play a very important role in all aspects of philanthropy, and fundraisers need to understand the legal issues that affect their work. There's no better authority than Bruce Hopkins, and Bruce's latest book covers all of the legal aspects of fundraising that beginning and experienced practitioners need to know. It is easy to read, and together with Bruce's other companion books, they all are 'must-haves' for every nonprofit organization."—Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals

"With accountability for nonprofits at an all-time high, and¿the governance rules changing monthly,¿everyone in this field needs to know the basic legal rules applicable to philanthropy. As an attorney, I know how essential and powerful this information can be, especially with closing large gifts."—Laura Fredricks, JD, LLC, author of The Ask: How to Ask Anyone for Any Amount for Any Purpose

"Through five editions, I have recommended Bruce's book Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization to clients and students, but have wanted a book more directed to the work of the development professional. Bruce has filled this void by providing legal answers to key questions in an understandable style. Fundraising Law Made Easy has provided us with a long-needed resource for the fundraising community. A most welcome book with the growing emphasis on accountability and transparency in the nonprofit community."—Robert W. Buchanan, PhD, Senior Fellow Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri—Kansas City

The ins and outs of fundraising law—made easy!

Written by renowned author Bruce R. Hopkins, Fundraising Law Made Easy is a must-read guide for accountants, consultants, and charity managers—anyone needing to know the essentials of the laws involving charitable fundraising. It's all here—made easy!


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