Organizing and Operating Nonprofits

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Video on Site: Thursday, September 19 / Alexandria
  Friday, September 20 / Abingdon, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Tysons
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: August 15 in Fairfax and August 22 in Charlottesville


Why Attend?

  • Focus on legal issues arising from the creation and operation of tax-exempt entities—issues that are important both for advisors to nonprofits and for board members and officers.

As the operations of nonprofits come under increasing scrutiny, it is important for such organizations and their advisors to understand fundamental legal and tax issues associated with forming and operating nonprofit organizations.

Whether you are new to or experienced in this area of practice, you will benefit from listening to our two experienced professionals. Obtain a working knowledge of:

  • The governing documents used to create and operate a Virginia nonprofit
  • How to protect against liability from operation of Virginia nonprofits
  • How to apply for tax-exempt status
  • How to meet annual reporting requirements and maintain tax exemption
  • What income is taxable despite tax-exempt status
  • Charitable-giving opportunities and regulations
  • Special rules applicable to private foundations
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8:30 Registration
9:00 Organizing a Virginia Nonprofit
  • Choice of entity (corporation vs. unincorporated entity)
  • Incorporating a Virginia nonstock corporation
  • Important articles of incorporation and bylaws provisions
  • Important provisions of Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act — operational and liability issues
9:45 Applying for Tax-Exempt Status
  • Advantages and disadvantages of tax-exempt status
  • Categories of exempt organizations
  • Exemption application forms
  • Filing requirements for small organizations
  • Private foundation or public charity — significant differences in operational and fundraising rules
  • Supporting organizations
  • Applying for state and local exemptions
10:30 Break
10:45 Maintaining Tax-Exempt Status
  • Filing and disclosure requirements
  • Compliance
    • Lobbying
    • Political activity
    • Unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”): definitions, exclusions, common sources
    • Intermediate sanctions
  • Use of subsidiaries
11:30 General Counsel Services
  • Insurance
    • Director and officer liability
    • General liability, employment claims
    • Event cancellation
    • Multimedia
    • Cybersecurity
  • Advising on operational issues
  • Ethical issues
    • Attorney as board member
    • Conflicts of interest with board members
12:15 Lunch Recess
1:00 Charitable-Giving Basics
  • Charitable-solicitation registration and reporting
  • Forms of gifts, substantiation rules, deductibility
  • Special events, raffles, etc.
  • Substantiation and appraisal rules
  • Special rules for certain assets — cash, cars, clothes, etc.
  • Online fundraising platforms
2:30 Break
2:45 Private Foundations
  • Private foundation characteristics
  • Advantages of foundation status
  • Operational restrictions and deduction limits
  • Alternatives to foundation classification
  • Pitfalls and planning opportunities
3:30 Restructurings and Terminations
  • Mergers and consolidations
  • Spin-offs and subsidiaries
  • Dual directors
  • Going out of business
  • Tax implications
4:15 Adjourn



J. William Gray, Jr.
, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond

J. William Gray, Jr. is counsel in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods LLP, specializing in tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, and estate planning and administration. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a founding director and former president of the Virginia Gift Planning Council.

Eileen Morgan Johnson, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. / Falls Church

Eileen Johnson is a partner in the Falls Church office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. where she co-chairs their nonprofit practice group. She advises nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of legal issues, including tax advice, corporate governance, charitable solicitation and fundraising, and membership programs. She has held leadership roles in the American Society for Association Executives, the Association Foundation Group, and the Virginia State Bar.

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are not available for the video replays.)

$249 regular registration.
$269 on-site registration (if space is available).



Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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