When it comes to benefit events, unknown variables come with the territory. You can't know for sure if you'll reach your fundraising goals, get bids in the live auction, smoothly execute the night's agenda and more.
However, if low bids, sloppy mistakes or an unenthusiastic audience seem like worst case scenarios - you'll want to read on.
Ever considered the consequences of holding an unauthorized raffle? What if a donor gets injured on the golf course? How about the illegal or irresponsible sale of alcohol at the annual gala?
We don't like to think about these "what if's", but legal troubles cause much more than a one-time revenue hit - they can put good nonprofits in financial jeopardy.
Fortunately, a little preparation now can spare you major headache down the road. To gain insight, we sat down with Mary Tovella-Dowling, an attorney at For Purpose Law Group in San Diego, Calif., for a recent episode of Winspire's podcast Events with Benefits.
Tovella-Dowling offers invaluable, money-saving preventive measures for charities to take before getting into hot water due to disputes or accidents. Learn why and how to...
- Seek legal advice
- Comply with local, state and federal laws
- Properly insure events (and volunteers)
- Serve alcohol responsibly
- Protect yourself with corporate sponsorship contracts
...and more! Learn the actions to take now, to protect your nonprofit's sustainability for years to come.