2018 Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations (WCTEO)

The Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations (WCTEO), my #1 go-to conference every year for the past 13 years, will be held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7. We’re proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WCTEO. You can register here.

WCTEO 2018 Brochure (download)

With a schedule that features panels led by some of the country’s top tax-law experts, I highly recommend the conference to all of my professional colleagues serving or working in the nonprofit sector and am happy to talk with anybody considering attending. In a year in which we saw major tax law changes impacting the nonprofit sector, with many open questions about implementation and prudent practices, it’s a great opportunity to hear from some experts and engage in discussions with colleagues. If you’re like me and find it uncomfortable to go to a conference where you know very few people, please feel free to contact me in advance and we can talk and I can make some introductions. 


This year’s agenda features sessions on many critically important topics to charities and other nonprofits, including:

  • Washington Update – with presenters from the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department
  • New Tax Law: Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)
  • New Tax Law: Executive Compensation
  • Keynote by Stanford University professor and author of the new book Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better Rob Reich
  • Donor-Advised Funds
  • 501(c)(3) and its Relation to 501(c)(4) – moderated by Loyola professor and WCTEO leader Ellen Aprill and featuring Eric Gorovitz and my colleague Erin Bradrick
  • Ethics of Opinion Writing
  • Current Developments on Tax-Exempt Organizations Law
  • California FTB and AG Developments
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Private Foundation Hot Topics
  • Charitable Giving Update

WCTEO Highlights from Past Years

2017 Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations (WCTEO)

2016 Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations (WCTEO)

2015 Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations (WCTEO)

2014 Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations (WCTEO)

2013 Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations (WCTEO)

Highlights from the 2018 WCTEO

WCTEO 2018 Highlights