Classes & Training Programs
Deborah Dyson conducts seminars, workshops and classes on all aspects of nonprofit and charter school law.
Deborah will work with you to customize training for your staff or board. Training sessions can also be tailored for multiple nonprofit organizations and are then customized to the collective needs of the organizations attending. In an advance interview with the board chair and/or the executive director, Deborah gathers information about the organization and the current functions of the board and staff to determine the required areas of emphasis for the training.
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The following topics can be customized into training series, workshops or individual
- Legal Duties of a Director on a Nonprofit Board
Learn about the basic roles, responsibilities, and liability issues facing a
board of directors; protections and preventions, and public official requirements (charter schools).
- Governance – Legal Requirements
Understand articles of incorporation, basic tax-exempt laws, bylaws, public meeting law, conflicts of interest, IRS and Oregon Dept. of Justice recommendations.
- Governance – Effective Practices
Discuss practical concerns such as effective meetings, clarity on decisions, micro-managing, clarifying board expectations, officers, committees, board/staff relationships, board policies (IRS recommended policies).
- Tax-Exemption Issues
Learn about lobbying and political activity, business activities, unrelated business income, excess benefit rule (with conflict of interest).
- Charter School Law
Understand your charter, public meetings and public records, public contracting, and public officials.
Know the legal requirements for reporting and disclosure, methods of fundraising, bingo and raffles, gaming, internet solicitation, gift acceptance policies, planned giving and endowment funds.
- Employment Laws
Many topics including personnel policies, job descriptions, performance evaluations, liabilities, employment taxes, independent contractor/employee, recent legislation.
- Current Legal Issues for Nonprofits
Brings you up-to-date on changes in legislation and
regulations affecting the operation and governance of nonprofit organizations.
- Starting a Nonprofit Organization
Steps to starting a nonprofit organization and obtaining tax-exempt status.