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Corporate Philanthropy: Where to Start and How to Get it Right

SKU: COR2600
Total Credits
1 - 1.5
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As Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) continues to trend up, more and more companies are considering philanthropic initiatives. But there are many ways to give back, and each program comes with significant compliance challenges. How do you select and launch a program consistent with your brand -- without making an embarrassing mistake or incurring legal liability?

This CLE program will provide an interactive overview of the different options and their compliance regimes. Both new and experienced CSR and corporate foundation managers will benefit.

Topics include:

  • Corporate foundations: different types, potential pitfalls and alternatives
  • Commercial co-ventures (“cause marketing”)
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Sweepstakes and contests for the benefit of charities
  • Disaster relief and employee emergency funds

Lecturer Bio

J.J. Harwayne Leitner, Esq.

J.J. Harwayne Leitner is a partner and Chair of the Charitable Organizations group. Ms. Leitner represents tax-exempt organizations of all types and sizes, including private foundations, private operating foundations, public charities, supporting organizations, “friends of” organizations, donor advised funds, social welfare organizations, and trade associations. She counsels on all tax laws that affect nonprofit organizations, including private foundation excise taxes, taxation of unrelated business income, private benefit and inurement, intermediate sanctions, and lobbying and political activities.

Ms. Leitner also has extensive experience interpreting and applying the New York not-for-profit corporation law, and handling transactions for New York charities that are under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. Ms. Leitner serves as principal outside counsel to many of her clients. In this role, she regularly reviews and drafts contracts, both routine and extraordinary, and counsels on a wide variety of legal issues, including employment, real estate, intellectual property, and litigation matters. She also advises on the formation of new organizations and the establishment of federal and state tax exemptions; on corporate governance matters; on complex corporate transactions, including joint ventures, spin-offs, mergers, conversions, and asset sales; and on nationwide state charitable solicitation issues, including cause marketing and other fundraising transactions and methods.

A frequent public speaker, Ms. Leitner has presented on charitable organization legal issues for the American Bar Association, the Foundation Center, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Practising Law Institute, Grants Managers Network Annual Conference, and Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp. Her published works include: “Major Joint Charity Enforcement Action by FTC and Attorneys General” and “Charitable Registration is a Consumer Protection Issue” in the Advertising Law blog, “The ‘Delaware Advantage’ Applies to Nonprofits, Too” in Business Law Today (2016) and “Nonprofit Organizations Need Nonprofit Lawyers,” in Business Law Today (2016).

Ms. Leitner is the Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Committee of the ABA Business Section and is on the City Bar Nonprofit Organizations Committee. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Brown University. She is admitted to practice in New York.

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