Webinar on FL Fundraising Regulations from the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center.
I heard about this free webinar and think it might be useful for nonprofit professionals in Florida. I am not associated with the host group in any way, but I plan on attending and am sharing the details here.
When: Friday, August 8, 2014
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
This is the description from the Rollins web site:
Successful nonprofits need no reminders about the importance of guarding their reputation – they know that even the best fundraising efforts will fail if the organization does not maintain the trust of its donors. That is why the Florida legislature wasted little time in enacting tougher laws governing charitable solicitations in the wake of the Tampa Bay Times exposé that revealed a darker side to some of our nation’s charities. The result of an investigation by the newspaper, conducted in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting, confirmed a donor’s worst fears – millions of dollars contributed to causes that help veterans, terminally ill children, firefighters and people with cancer were not reaching those in need. Instead, they were lining the pockets of professional fundraisers and nonprofit executives. To make matters worse, the report identified the worst offender as a Florida-based charity, Kids Wish Network, which was accused of raising millions of dollars in the name of dying children, with only 3 cents of every dollar actually going to help children.
The response by the Florida legislature focused on increasing penalties against bad actors and tightening up the regulation of professional fundraisers. However, the legislation, which consists primarily of amendments to the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act (“SCA” or “the Act”), also makes significant changes that apply to all nonprofits regardless of whether they use professional fundraising consultants or have a history of ethical or legal problems.
The law became effective on July 1, 2014
The webinar will cover all of the changes in the law including: