Waivers and Consents: How Well Do They Protect Nonprofits?

With summer in the air many nonprofits enter in the heart of the season for their charitable, educational, and religious programming.  As mission trips, camp excursions, hikes, and canoe trips fill up the calendar, many nonprofits pull out their tried and true “Waiver and Consent” forms and “Parental Permission” forms.  Are these forms an effective risk management tool? 

Domestication: Moving Corporate Status Into (or Out of) Illinois

Where were you born?  For many people, that question leads to all sorts of interesting conversation, and the answer may carry important legal implications. For nonprofit organizations, they are “born” wherever the corporation was incorporated.  The state of incorporation is sometimes where a nonprofit is still located, and sometimes far from where it now operates. May the nonprofit’s state of incorporation change?  Until recently, the answer for Illinois nonprofit corporations was “No.”  But thanks to Illinois’ recently enacted “domestication” law, formally known as the Entity Omnibus Act, the answer is now “Yes.”  Effective July 1, 2018, the new law allows nonprofit corporations to move their “place of birth” into or out of Illinois.  That may be good news for certain nonprofits that have migrated here or elsewhere, particularly with respect to periodic state reporting requirements as well as other applicable state law. 

Leadership Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints: A Step-by-Step Guide to Minimizing Your Risk of Liability

With all the attention that sexual harassment is getting in the media, you may be looking to shore up your organization’s policies and procedures. Not sure where to start? This blog post provides a step-by-step overview of common steps in leadership responses to sexual harassment complaints. That being said, every situation is different, many are tricky, and you may want to check with your counsel.

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