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