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Understanding Nondisclosure Agreements

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Nondisclosure agreements or “NDAs” are legal agreements entered into by parties who wish to share information with one another on a confidential basis and control how that information is used. NDAs, also referred to as “confidential disclosure agreements,” may involve disclosure of confidential information by only one party or both parties. Confidentiality Provisions vs. NDAs […]

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Four Reasons Nonprofits Should Be Especially Careful About Intellectual Property

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If “intellectual property” only conjures up images of scientists and trade wars, it’s time to think again.  Intellectual property or “IP” is relevant to all of us and should be a concern to your nonprofit. The materials you create, the website you launch, the software you develop, and the logo you design all involve IP. […]

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Faculty Consulting Agreements

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In the current economic climate, with innovation often critical to survival, many industries are eager to consult with academic faculty to examine and critique industry developments, opine on trends in the field, assess data, and generally help industry operate at the cutting edge. Faculty members, in turn, may be interested in providing such services, as […]

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Just Winning Points May Not Win the Game

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An email I received yesterday from a prospective client made me think about the last time I was asked by someone to negotiate a deal and told to drive a hard bargain.  Never, actually.  I work primarily with nonprofit organizations and perhaps they have less taste for combat, but most clients, whether nonprofit or for-profit, […]

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Fair Use

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Under certain circumstances, a copyrighted work may be used without the permission of the copyright owner. Such use is referred to as “fair use.” To understand fair use, a few basics on copyright are useful. Copyright Copyright is the exclusive legal right given to the creator of an original work to control copying and distribution […]

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Top 10 Questions Nonprofit Boards Should Ask About IP

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Budgetary issues, fundraising, hiring and programmatic initiatives. These are all typical topics of discussion among nonprofit board members and their senior managers. The topic of intellectual property – or “IP” – however, often isn’t considered even though it may be vitally important to your organization. Why not? Perhaps it’s because board members aren’t familiar with […]

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New Sources of Revenue for Your Nonprofit

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If you’re like many in the nonprofit sector, you’re looking for new ways to generate revenue. An important source to consider is your organization’s existing intellectual property. Do you have materials that you developed for one purpose, which might have new life if they were adapted or redirected to a new purpose? If so, repurposing […]

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Online Fundraising: Navigating the Legal Requirements

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For nonprofits seeking to broaden their donor base, online fundraising is a must. While the technology grows ever more sophisticated, however, the legal requirements may be difficult to navigate. Here’s a guide to help plot your course. Straightforward Tacking If you are a tax-exempt nonprofit (a charity) and plan to do any type of fundraising […]

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