Legal and Ethical Crowdfunding for Non-profits: An ABA Webinar

Crowdfunding Law

I’ll be on a panel presenting a webinar for the American Bar Association titled Legal and Ethical Crowdfunding for Non-profits: Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Best Practices. Date: June 28, 2016. Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am PT / 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. 1.50 Ethics/Professionalism CLE Credit Hours.


Michael E Adler, moderator
Katherine Emily Redman
Gene Takagi
Hash Zahed

Program Description:

This program is intended for lawyers who work in or represent non-profits and are interested in (or provide legal counsel on) crowdfunding for an organization or charitable cause, including for litigation funding. Crowdfunding – raising money to support an undertaking or cause by reaching out to large (often unknown) numbers of people as donors through in-person events or social media – has become increasingly common. Websites including CauseVox, KickStarter, GoFundMe, and others are growing more popular, and LinkedIn offers hundreds of listings somehow related to crowdsourcing. All in all, an array of legal and ethical issues can trip up any individual or organization testing this financing approach. Lawyers need to be positioned to counsel clients effectively on the parameters, ethical considerations, and legal conditions surrounding crowdfunding. Our speakers will provide examples and guidance to put you on the right path.

Supplemental Resources:

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits (Michigan Community Resources Crowdfunding Legal Team)

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits)

Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding for Nonprofits (Foundation Center)

Nonprofit Radio: Crowdfunding

Nonprofit Crowdfunding Risks

Crowdfunding Platforms & Commercial Fundraisers

The Global Crowdfunding Industry Raised $34.4 Billion In 2015, And Could Surpass VC In 2016 (DazeInfo)

Crowdfunding and Nonprofits (California Attorney General)