A Primer on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado - Webinar

If you have ever wanted to advise community, political, or religious organizations, or any other nonprofit on day-to-day operational issues, this program is for you. During this half-day seminar, we will cover the basics, including structure, governing laws, compliance, tax concepts and common legal issues that confront nonprofits.
- Obtaining and keeping tax exempt status
- Formation and governance of nonprofits
- Supplemental title, Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations, available to attendees at a discounted price
Home studies will be available approximately 2-3 weeks following the live program.
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The program will be submitted for CLE accreditation in Colorado. If you need to seek accreditation in another state, please review the process and requirements for that individual state. CBA-CLE staff can provide a Uniform Certificate of Attendance, and it is the attendee’s responsibility to complete the accreditation outside of Colorado.

8:30 am  
Check-In Open
9:00 – 9:05 am
Welcome and Introduction
Presented by Cara Lawrence, Esq., Tierney Lawrence LLC, and John Valentine, Esq., Balson & Faix, LLC, Program Co-Chairs
9:05 – 9:55 am
Formation and Governance of a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
This session will begin with the mechanics of creating a nonprofit corporation in Colorado and then consider many of the different ways in which such corporations may be governed, including a discussion of the relative rights and responsibilities of members, directors, and officers. This session will also touch on important areas of compliance with the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Presented by Melanie L. Bartlett, Esq., Fairfield and Woods, PC
9:55 – 10:05 am
Stretch Break
10:05 – 10:55 am
Obtaining and Retaining Tax-Exempt Status
This session will provide a basic introduction to the tax laws applicable to organizations described in Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. It will begin with an overview of the different categories of tax-exempt organizations, including social welfare organizations, trade associations, and social clubs, and will then focus on the requirements for qualifying and operating as a Section 501(c)(3) organization. In that regard, this presentation will explore the types of activities that can be considered to fall with the scope of Section 501(c)(3), including charitable, educational and scientific activities; the relationship between its public benefit requirement and private inurement prohibition; and its restrictions on lobbying and political campaign involvement. It also will touch on the differences between public charities and private foundations, and differences between Section 501 (c)(3) organizations with respect to activities like lobbying.
Presented by Kathryn “Katie” Thomas, Esq., Executive Director and Corporate Counsel, Colorado Nonprofit Legal Center
10:55 – 11:05 am
Stretch Break
11:05 am – 12:00 pm
Operational Issues for Tax-Exempt Organizations
Your organization is formed and your tax-exemption is secured – now what? Successfully running a tax-exempt organization requires more than just passion; it requires a working knowledge about key state and federal laws governing the organization’s operations. This session will introduce legal counsel and practitioners to the most significant operational compliance issues for tax-exempt organizations, including requirements for state business and charitable solicitation filings, corporate record keeping, charitable contribution disclosure and substantiation, and annual tax returns (Form 990).
Presented by Kimberly Barr, Esq., Lyons Gaddis PC  
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Registration Fees
Non Member $389.00
CBA Member $289.00
CBA Taxation Law Section Member $229.00
CBA Business Law Section Member $229.00
Paralegal/Legal Support Staff $144.50
Active Military $144.50
Public Service/Government $144.50
Student Currently Enrolled in Law School $0.00
CLE Elite Pass Holder $0.00
New Lawyer Edge Member $0.00
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Start Date - End Date
August 31, 2022
Start Time - End Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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