University of Texas School of Law

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Land Use 2017: Financing & Tax Credits (May 2017)

Session 1: Financial and Regulatory Constraints on Commercial Development - Hear from a private sector non-bank construction lender and investor on public-private development transactions (ground leases), about the construction of new multi-family homes, offices, hotels, and how the structure may impact underwriting and loan proceeds.   Session 2: ABCs of Development Financing - Review the vocabulary and tools used by large and small cities when negotiating today’s public-private partnerships, as well as tools used for projects inside and outside city limits.   Session 3: Tax Credits - For the past 30 years, the low-income housing tax credit has been a driving force to finance affordable housing. Learn how tax credit financing works and gain insight as to how changes in Washington, D.C. may impact the program. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2019

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Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$75  

Answer Bar: How to Protect Your Nonprofit (Jan 2018)

Session 1: Texas Nonprofit Law 101 - Hear an overview of the essential characteristics of Texas nonprofit organizations, legal requirements, benefits and restrictions of tax exemption, guiding governance principles and state regulation. Session 2: Governance Literacy - Governance at nonprofit organizations is often not a priority until something goes wrong. Gain practical tips to help board and staff members avoid problems, and review governance topics including fiduciary duties, governing documents, policies, procedures, and the roles of the board, officers, committees, and staff members. Session 3: UBIT Literacy: You’re doing WHAT?? - Hear the basics of Unrelated Business Income, including the definition, exceptions, and issues relating to advertising and sponsorship. Examine how much is too much UBI, plus key traps for the unwary. Session 4: Investment Literacy - Developing and maintaining a successful investment program that supports the mission and withstands challenging market environments requires the right mix of governance and portfolio management discipline. Review the fiduciary underpinnings, board considerations and policies, and key investment concepts that contribute to an effective investment strategy. Session 5: Financial Statements Literacy - Understanding financial statements is the key to understanding the financial health of your organization. Review the basic financial statements (statement of net assets, statement of changes in net assets, and statement of cash flows) and common disclosures. A look at NFP-specific accounting, including donor restrictions, net assets classes, functional expenses, and new guidance. Session 6: Form 990: The Naughty and The Nice - What can be the good and bad consequences for your organization of having its Form 990 publicly available and making audited financials available to funders who request them? Walk through the documents and hear from multiple perspectives on the key things that either worry or reassure them. What are “hot buttons” in Form 990 and audited financials that are likely to attract negative attention? What are signs of sound governance and compliance? What can a nonprofit do to present the best picture of itself? Session 7: ​GC/CFO Roundtable: Risk Management Tools to Prepare for the Unexpected - A discussion on the common risk areas for nonprofits and how to mitigate these risks, including ideas to help nonprofits manage unexpected risks, such as natural disasters and embezzlement. Session 8: Anatomy of an Attorney General Investigation - Explore the various aspects of an investigation of a charitable organization by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Learn how and why an investigation may be initiated, what to anticipate as part of the investigative process, the potential consequences of an investigation, and best practices for dealing with an investigation. Session 9: Funding Advocacy: A Roadmap for Private Foundations - Take that “no lobbying” language out of your private foundation grant agreements! Or at least some of them. Explore various ways in which 501(c)(3) private foundations may make grants that support lobbying and other types of advocacy. Session 10: Keeping an Eye on Privacy and Data Protection Risks - Gain practical tips for reducing the data privacy and protection risks faced by nonprofits. more »

Total Credit Hours:
9.50 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$355  

Charitable Giving: Endowments and Restricted Gifts (Jan 2017)

Session 1: Endowments and Other Restricted Gifts—Making Them and Breaking Them- Hear an analysis of important drafting and negotiating issues in agreements to govern endowment funds and other types of restricted gifts, the various ways to modify restricted gifts after they are made, and the role of gift acceptance policies and a board-level approval process. Session 2: Financial Reporting for Endowments and Donor-Restricted Funds - Endowments and other donor-restricted funds are subject to financial reporting standards aimed at enhancing understanding of the nature of donor restrictions as well as management’s application of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) in managing endowment funds. Hear an overview of the related accounting terminology and financial statement presentation and disclosure requirements. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues for Nonprofit Organizations (Feb 2018)

Session 1: Keeping an Eye on Privacy and Data Protection Risks - Gain practical tips for reducing the data privacy and protection risks faced by nonprofits. Session 2: Taking Cybersecurity Seriously - Nonprofit organizations of all sizes have sensitive information that needs to be protected—and increasingly, organizations need to be ready to respond when (not if) a data breach occurs. In this session, attendees learn about the most recent cyber threats they face, the costs associated with those threats, and what they can do to help protect their organizations in an increasingly insecure landscape. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

Donor Advised Funds and Impact Investing for Nonprofit Organizations (Feb 2018)

Session 1: Donor Advised Funds, Supporting Organizations, and Fiscal Sponsors - Increasingly, private foundations, corporations, and individuals are working through DAF’s, fiscal sponsors and other intermediaries to increase efficiency, enhance effectiveness, and reduce risk. Explore the various options, how to properly structure them, the compliance advantages of doing so, and common situations where working through intermediaries is common, including international grantmaking, grants to individuals, funder collaboratives, and PRI’s. Session 2: Investing in the Future: Impact Investing by Nonprofit Organizations - Explore what it means to be an impact investor, including the current state of impact investing by nonprofit organizations. Hear a discussion on the relationship between mission-related and program-related investments, the prudent investor rules applicable to nonprofit organizations under UPMIFA and to charitable trusts under applicable trust law, as well as the extent to which officers and directors may consider the relationship between an investment and a tax-exempt purpose when making investment decisions. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

Ethical Considerations in Representing Nonprofit Organizations (Feb 2015)

Fundamental principles and rules of professional responsibility governing legal counsel in their representation of charities and other nonprofit organizations. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper

$60  

Financial Statements Literacy for Nonprofit Organizations (Feb 2018)

Understanding financial statements is the key to understanding the financial health of your organization. Review the basic financial statements (statement of net assets, statement of changes in net assets, and statement of cash flows) and common disclosures. A look at NFP-specific accounting, including donor restrictions, net assets classes, functional expenses, and new guidance. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Slides

$50  

Form 1023 Workshop: Essentials for Tax-Exempt Organizations (Jan 2017)

Walk through Form 1023—qualifications, filing guidelines, how your policies and governing documents translate into the 1023, and how the 1023 serves as a “living document” for your organization after filing. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$55  

Form 990 Workshop: Essentials for Tax-Exempt Organizations (Jan 2017)

Walk through Form 990—tips for filling out key sections, policies, financials, compensation, etc. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Slides

$55  

Form 990: The Naughty and The Nice (Feb 2018)

What can be the good and bad consequences for your organization of having its Form 990 publicly available and making audited financials available to funders who request them? Walk through the documents and hear from multiple perspectives on the key things that either worry or reassure them. What are “hot buttons” in Form 990 and audited financials that are likely to attract negative attention? What are signs of sound governance and compliance? What can a nonprofit do to present the best picture of itself? more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

Funding Concerns for Private Foundations (Feb 2018)

Session 1: Funding Advocacy: A Roadmap for Private Foundations - Take that “no lobbying” language out of your private foundation grant agreements! Or at least some of them. Explore various ways in which 501(c)(3) private foundations may make grants that support lobbying and other types of advocacy. Session 2: Funding Individuals and Intermediaries - Hear an overview of the particular concerns for private foundations when making investments in individuals, with a focus on the tax law requirements for individual grant programs, the special rules for grants for travel, study, or other similar purposes, and how to structure individual grant programs that are administered by public charity intermediaries. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Slides

$75  

Fundraising and Planned Giving: Trends, Ventures, and Planned Giving Techniques (Feb 2018)

Session 1: Fundraising Trends, Ventures, and Traps for the Unwary - As fundraising evolves, new and old models compete for dollars while facing the scrutiny of state and federal regulatory regimes. Session 2: Planned Giving Techniques and Structures - A review of planned giving techniques from the basic to the complex. What should organizations consider when they are thinking of rolling out a planned giving program and managing it? more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

Governance Literacy for Nonprofit Organizations (Feb 2018)

Governance at nonprofit organizations is often not a priority until something goes wrong. Gain practical tips to help board and staff members avoid problems, and review governance topics including fiduciary duties, governing documents, policies, procedures, and the roles of the board, officers, committees, and staff members. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Slides

$55  

Grantmaking (Jan 2017)

Session 1: Beyond Scholarships: High-Impact Grantmaking to Individuals - Discover some of the strategic ways that funders can employ individual grantmaking to achieve their programmatic goals. Discuss the U.S. federal tax law provisions governing prizes and awards, disaster relief grants, scholarship and fellowship awards, and grants through intermediary entities primarily from the perspective of the private grantmaking foundation. And hear about the key compliance and reporting obligations for both funders and beneficiaries. Session 2: Beyond Grantmaking: Additional Mechanisms for Mission - Explore options for foundations to pursue and maximize their missions in ways other than, or in supplement to, their grant making initiatives while maintaining compliance with the private foundation prohibited transaction rules. Topics include leveraging expertise through direct charitable activities, participating in public/private partnerships, engaging in medical venture philanthropy initiatives, strategic investing through program-related or mission-related investments, and more. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$95  

HR Issues for Nonprofit Organizations: Employee Handbooks and Retirement Benefits (Jan 2017)

Session 1: Deconstructing the Employee Handbook - An organization’s employee handbook supports its good faith compliance efforts and helps reduce potential liability in audits and litigation. Understand key components, current trends, as well as common mistakes in drafting employee handbooks, and how provisions and policies translate into the workplace environment. Session 2: Advanced Issues with Retirement Benefits​ - Nonprofit organizations are subject to special rules regarding retirement and deferred compensation plans. Explore the complex issues related to these benefits and hear an update on the new regulatory guidance. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

HR Issues for Nonprofit Organizations: Identifying and Mitigating Employment Risk (Feb 2018)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure but some employee issues simply can’t be prevented. Learn how an employer can put itself in the best position to respond to the unexpected employee emergency, including identifying employment risk, mitigation tools and strategies, managing an employment-related investigation, having the right policies and procedures in place, and preparing and using a crisis checklist. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$60  

Internal Controls and Insurance for Nonprofits (Feb 2018)

Session 1: Internal Controls: ​Does One Size Really Fit All? - Internal controls are a necessary and essential component of any nonprofit organization’s operations, but should every entity’s processes and procedures fit and feel the same? An auditor and auditee provide their perspectives on what they look for to ensure sound internal controls, including the things that are non-negotiable when it comes to internal controls, as well as how you can keep your internal control system flexible without losing effectiveness or risking reportable internal control deficiencies or audit issues. Session 2: I Delayed Attending Happy Hour for This? Risk Management and Insurance Recommendations for Non-Profit Organizations - Not all problems are best solved by purchasing insurance, then closing your eyes and crossing your fingers. Listen to a discussion about the steps of the risk management process (identify, evaluate, mitigate/avoid, transfer) and how to best employ that process into your organization’s overall operations to maximize your mission while helping everyone sleep better at night. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Slides

$75  

Investment Literacy for Nonprofit Organizations (Feb 2018)

Developing and maintaining a successful investment program that supports the mission and withstands challenging market environments requires the right mix of governance and portfolio management discipline. Review the fiduciary underpinnings, board considerations and policies, and key investment concepts that contribute to an effective investment strategy. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Slides

$55  

Nonprofit ​GC/CFO Roundtable: Risk Management Tools to Prepare for the Unexpected (Feb 2018)

A discussion on the common risk areas for nonprofits and how to mitigate these risks, including ideas to help nonprofits manage unexpected risks, such as natural disasters and embezzlement. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$55  

Nonprofit Organizations Structures: Putting Things Together and Taking Things Apart (Feb 2018)

Session 1: Putting Things Together: Subsidiaries, Complex Organizational Structures, Joint Ventures, and Joint Funding Vehicles - Whether scaling to increase greater impact, engaging in joint ventures or collaborative efforts with others, or needing to address unrelated business income or risk to exemption, charities often find themselves looking to structure their operations through subsidiaries, affiliates, and other joint venture vehicles. Review the entities available while taking a closer look at questions to consider in choosing the best option providing examples of different structures. Session 2: Taking Things Apart: Unwinding Organizations, Ventures, and Collaborations - There are any number of reasons why efforts and enterprises come to an end. Then they need to be transitioned, transferred, merged into something else, spun out, or shut down entirely. Sometimes the end is precisely that, while other times it is a new beginning. Explore the key legal and practical issues to be addressed on this part of the journey, including tax, governance, creditors, employment, intellectual property, disposing of assets, and more. Consider who should address those issues and how. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2019

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Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$75  

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