Crowdfunding for For-Profits and Non-Profits: Legal Best Practices, Tips, and Traps

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: October 24, 2017
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  • Introduction: What is it? Types and trends
  • Investment Crowdfunding
  • Jobs Act "Regulation" Crowdfunding
  • Other Federal Crowdfunding Tools
  • State crowdfunding laws
  • Special 501(c)(3) nonprofit considerations
  • Donating Crowdfunding - Legal Considerations
  • Benefits and Pitfalls of Crowdfunding
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 24, 2017


Crowdfunding—raising money to support a business or cause by reaching out to large numbers of people as donors or investors—has become popular for both non-profit causes and for-profit businesses. While many are familiar with donation—based crowdfunding through platforms such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, recent changes in state and federal securities law have made investment crowdfunding a more realistic option for business and nonprofits. The crowdfunding market is rapidly growing, including web platforms that offer crowdfunding opportunities. All in all, an array of legal and ethical issues can trip up any individual or organization looking at this financing approach.

With experts on crowdfunding from both the for-profit and non-profit realms, this program will educate attorneys whose clients want to offer either a business or project up for crowdfunding, or are thinking of getting into the funding portal business. The topics to be covered include basic legal requirements, liability issues, and some practical tips and best practices.

This program was recorded on October 24th, 2017.

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American Bar Association

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