Zach Jones is an attorney with the firm of Stites & Harbison. Zach is an attorney with the firm of Stites & Harbison with offices serving Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, greater Cincinnati, and the metropolis of Washington DC. Zach has experience representing nonprofits and government contractors. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Zach served in the United States Army and worked for a government contractor where he spent a considerable amount of time responding to government solicitations. Zach joined Stites & Harbison in 2013. Stites & Harbison traces its origins to 1832 and its members have included a United States Attorney General, State Supreme Court Justice, a Master Commissioner of the United States Supreme Court, and Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and state Attorney General. Stites & Harbison is a full service law firm with attorneys with specific experience in any number of industry and practice groups, including attorneys who serve as outside general counsel for national nonprofit organizations. Zach is a highly sought after author and speaker on a wide variety of legal topics. Zach is regularly asked to speak at national conferences and devotes a considerable amount of his spare time to educating and training non-lawyers on how to manage and avoid legal risk. When not practicing law, Zach can usually be found navigating the rivers and streams with his son and daughter somewhere in the southern states—most recently the Elk River below Tims Ford dam.
Election years always raise questions for nonprofits. Typically, those questions relate to policy advocacy, political contributions, and affiliation with certain candidacies. This election cycle, however, the questions being raised are both broader and deeper. The reason this cycle is departing from cycles of the past is the vast coverage—or maybe the lack of coverage, depending on your perspective—of the issues relating to certain nonprofits associated with present and past political figures. The issues faced by nonprofits who are covered in the national press are the perennial issues faced by most nonprofits. However, the troubles they face present opportunities for leaders of nonprofits of all sizes to learn of potential traps they face which will threaten their nonprofits missions.
In this presentation, expert speaker Zach Jones will discuss several potential traps or pitfalls that nonprofits should seek to avoid. Those risks include the risk that a nonprofit will be devastated by allegations that it or its public supporters have crossed legal or ethical boundaries. They also include very real and substantial legal risks associated with fundraising, tax exempt status, and regulatory/tax compliance. To illustrate these risks, Zach will use stories straight from recent headlines to demonstrate there are very real and present dangers that await nonprofits who disregard the warnings. Throughout the discussion, specific attention will be paid to practical solutions and strategies to employ to avoid falling into the traps in the first place.
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