Compliance for Charitable Organizations: Navigating the Maze of Financial, Compliance and Reporting Requirements


Re-Broadcast on July 28, 2017

Both the federal and state laws regulate charitable activity and navigating the maze of the financial, compliance and reporting requirements at both levels is often a daunting experience for charitable organizations, as well as their fundraisers and cause-marketing partners. This session will provide you with vital information about forming a charitable organizations and obtaining IRS tax-exempt status, followed by a discussion of the registration, reporting and disclosure obligations under state solicitation laws. Tracy Boak, a former charities regulator from Pennsylvania and president of the National Association of State Charity Officials, is a Partner at Perlman & Perlman, a law firm dedicated to nonprofit law, will guide you through the maze of regulations.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Federal Regulation of 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Charitable Organizations
  • 501(c)(3) Overview
  • Obtaining 501(c)(3) Status
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Regulation of Charitable Fundraising
  • What Activity is Regulated
  • Registration Obligations
  • Registration Exemptions
  • Solicitation Disclosures and Other Compliance Issues
  • Soliciting on the Internet
  • Fundraising Fraud
  • Areas of Specific Concern

Date / Time: July 28, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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  • On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date.



Tracy Boak, Esq. is a Partner with Perlman & Perlman, LLP a New York, NY law firm specializing in working with nonprofit organizations. Prior to her current position, Ms. Boak was the Director of the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations where she was responsible for the management of the division that oversees the administration and enforcement of the State’s charitable solicitation law. During her eleven year tenure at the Department of State, she also served as the prosecuting attorney for the Bureau, was Counsel for the Office of Human Resource Management and was a prosecuting attorney for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

Before joining the Commonwealth in 1999, Ms. Boak was in private practice with a boutique firm in Harrisburg, PA, where she practiced business litigation. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Boak is a former President of the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) and served on the NASCO board for six years. She is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, serving on the Non Profit Organizations and Public Service Network Committees, as well as the New York State Bar Association, and volunteers her time with several nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Boak earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Shippensburg University.

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