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Charitable Giving

American Alliance of Museums

Museums depend on charitable gifts for more than one-third of their operating funds, and especially in this economy have seen a decline in contributions. We support efforts to extend and expand incentives for charitable giving and are concerned about any proposed limitations because they would have a chilling effect on the ability of museums to attract donations and therefore serve their communities.

Legal Structures for Business Ventures: Finding the Right Legal Structure

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Center discusses legal structures for business ventures and reviews the advantages and disadvantages of forming a subsidiary (PDF, 13 pages).

Unified Registration Statement

National Association of State Charities Officials; National Association of Attorneys General

The Unified Registration Statement provides a method for completing charitable solicitations registrations in multiple states. The URS effort is organized by the National Association of State Charities Officials and the National Association of Attorneys General.

Major Gifts – Part II: Considerations for Legal Compliance and Avoiding Lawsuits

Nonprofit Law Blog

Nonprofit Law Blog provides considerations for preventing donor intent disputes and communication problems, advice for seeking the help of experts when appropriate, tips for documenting a gift acceptance policy, and guidance on precautions to take when hosting fundraising events.

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