In today’s world, charitable organizations must strike a balance between the increased opportunities for political participation by non-profit officers and employees and the potential reputational risks and other pitfalls to the 501(c)(3) organization. Although the IRS prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from engaging in any political activity, individuals associated with a 501(c)(3) organization have a First Amendment Right to participate in the political process. Join Genova Burns LLC Partner, Rebecca Moll Freed, Head of the Corporate Political Activity and Non-Profit & Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Groups, for a discussion on key considerations for developing a strategy to comply with the IRS ban on 501(c)(3) political activity.
I. Gain a general understanding of the IRS definition of political activity and the distinction between political activity, lobbying and educational activity
II. Identify the parameters of individual political activity
III. Recognize potential pitfalls of individual political activity
IV. Develop strategies for compliance to protect 501(c)(3) status
Ms. Freed advises corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trade associations, charitable organizations, social welfare organizations and political action committees on the legal aspects of their political activities.
Ms. Freed has substantial experience with New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws; she has lectured frequently on the topic, and written extensively on the issue as well, including articles for New Jersey Lawyer, New Jersey League of Municipalities Magazine, and New Jersey Law Journal.
Ms. Freed also has extensive experience in procurement law, assisting clients in the preparation of RFPs and RFQs on the state and local levels. She has represented numerous clients in bid protest disputes before administrative agencies and before the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court.
As Director of the firm’s Corporate Political Activity Group, the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organization Practice Group and Vendor Political Activity & Ethics Compliance Training & Audit Programs, Ms. Freed provides training and counseling to companies, in-house counsel and corporate ethics and compliance officers who seek to maximize government contracting opportunities while assuring compliance with the law.
Ms. Freed serves as co-Chair of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Freed served as co-Chair of the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative, which encompasses the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Diversity Initiative. The Inclusionary Initiative focuses on the common goal of fostering better lawyers and serving our clients’ needs.
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very good summary
One of the best I have attended
Ms. Freed was extremely well-prepared and her delivery was very organized and clear. The slides were also spot-on.
The presenter was well versed in the subject and presented professionally and with authority.
Very informative and factual. - thank you!!
VERY STrong presentation
Excellent course. Excellent instructor with sound practical advice.
Very informative session.
Timely and excellent advice for my political clients.
Great course - really enjoyed the speaker
Extremely well done.
The speaker was clearly knowledgeable in the field . I was able to understand the material .
Extremely knowledgeable presenter who spoke clearly, and concisely and covered a lot of ground in one hour . Very impressive.
Amazing, organized, and relevant program. Thank you very much!!
Good lecturer, well organized presentation.
One of your better presenters.
enjoyed the presentation, well organized and provided significant information within the time period allowed.
The speaker was very clear and informative on this subject. Would definitely recommend to others interested in this subject matter.
Speaker spoke very fast
Run a small 501(c)(3) in addition to practicing law, primary estate planning. Very helpful substantive topics and tips about training staff and board.
This was an excellent topic!!
This presentation was clear and very practical. Highly recommend.
Very clear and organized presentation
The presenter was superbly well-prepared and gave crucial points needing consideration while assessing conduct by a 901C3.
Great program discussing (c)3; thanks!
Excellent coverage of a complex topic.
Clear explanation of what is permitted and what isn't
well structured and comprehensive
This was an outstanding course. Amazingly comprehensive for the time allotted.
Excellent! I felt like I learned a lot and the presenter was very thoughtful!
Very concise and well presented.
This program was outstanding.
She was excellent - presented the information in a very clear, organization and professional fashion.
Very useful information, presented very well.
Well- organized, interesting program
Very good overview.
Very well done thank you
Well done program.
This was a very well prepared, organized, and presented program.
Great course, great instructor. Well done.
very articulate, well spoken and helpful.
Speaker presented a wealth of information and expeditiously responded to questions from viewers.
This is a very interesting, well presented program.
Very informative CLE.
Well organized and informative.
excellent even if we don't practice in this area many of us find ourselves one boards and should be aware of these issues
Very informative and clear!
One of the best and most specifically smart presentations on this subject I have viewed.
Fundamentals well presented and how to analyze the finer points too.
Comprehensive and practical
Quite well done for a complex topic.
Good practical information / tips.
Very strong structure and presentation skills. Thank you.
A lot of material covered in an hour, excellent course.
Very helpful and straightforward guidance in a complex area.
Good presentation and speaker
This was an excellent and timely program with many practical suggestions.
Having been on such a board (senior citizen organization) for many years, I well know how 501(c)(3) members rarely think about such “fine points” before plunging into similar questionable areas...a necessary and well-done presentation!
A ten. One of best.
Excellent presentation of complex and important area of tax/election law.
Rebecca was great. Very helpful session.
wonderful and relevant
This is an excellent, timely course for anyone working with a 501(c)3 during an election season.
One of the most concise and well-presented courses I have done thus far.
Informative presentation. Nicely done.
Very interesting, and relevant to many attorneys regardless of practice area.
It was very well presented, but quite elementary.
Exceptional presentation. Well presented!
One of best 501c3 professional development I have viewed in person or online. Clear recitation of standards, expectations and law. Really good on do’s and don’ts.
Very polished presentation!
good intro to the subject speaker was good and well prepared
Speaker certainly knew her subject and handled questions well.
She was excellent.
speaker was excellent!
very well cone
Excellent program and wonderful presenter.
speaker was very engaging and knowledgeable. Would recommend her to others.
Thorough discussion on specialized topic
Would be interested in hearing more about when orgs have a c3 a c4 and a pac. More written materials on that would have been good too. Maybe a chart?
good course, I wish Texas would give credit for more of your courses on non profits
I am on the board of a small 501(c)(3) and serve as the pro bono legal advisor to another 501(c)(3) which sometimes engages in issue advocacy. I found this CLE very helpful. The speaker provided a great deal of information in a well-organized and easily understandable way.
Great program and presenter. Thanks!
The content was spot on for what I was looking for. Presented very clearly and with good depth.
Excellent detail of compliance programs
very good presentation!
Very helpful for pro bono work
This was a fantastic seminar. So informative for me, a non-profit employee.
Not my area but interesting.
This was a great presentation!
Very well done.
The instructor answered four questions at the end of her presentation that enhanced the overall value of viewing the course.
Lawline should consider hiring speaker as spokesperson for Company because she is very smart, as well as articulate and photogenic
complex--organizations need continued training
very good presenter!
Very good overview. I recommend this course highly.
This was a great seminar and every non-profit administrator should watch it.
This was a highly informative program with an effective and engaging speaker. I learned a lot.
Very clear messaging.