Need Board Members? Save the Date!

Save the date! November 9 – Get on Board South Coast
A first time event to connect local non-profit organizations and public boards/commissions with prospective board members. Presented by the Legal Center for Nonprofits and Leadership SouthCoast, and taking place at The Cove in Fall River from 4:30-7:00 p.m. More details coming soon!

Only two more programs!

Top 10 Mistakes on 990-EZ

Wednesday, May 4         6:00 – 8:00 pm

Nonprofits raising more than $50,000 in a year are required to file the IRS Form 990-EZ, and small nonprofits filing 990-N are required to provide a 990-EZ to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, if they raise more than $5,000 in a year.  While 990-EZ is only 4 pages, it can still be challenging to complete, and the due-date is just around the corner: Annual filings are due on May 15 for calendar fiscal year nonprofits.
Join us on May 4 for Top 10 Mistakes on the 990-EZ, so you can get this filing done right!  Steve Reale is an IRS Enrolled Agent, and retired from a career with the IRS Exempt Organizations Division.  He will explain the top 10 mistakes most often made on the 990-EZ so you can avoid them.  If you’ve been dragging your feet on this required filing, here’s your opportunity to get your questions answered.
Admission is $10 per person; off-street parking is available. This program is presented at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, inside the Inter-Church Council house, 412 County St., New Bedford, MA.


Friday, May 13
8:30 – 11:30 am
How to Ask for Money: An Experiential Workshop
An essential part of the nonprofit world is fundraising and that means asking others to give, whether gifts of cash, or in-kind gifts like silent auction items, sponsorships, and so much more.  Learn from the experts how to get past your nerves and ask for charitable gifts, both in-kind & financial, for your nonprofit.
Development professionals, Robin Cabral of Development Consulting Solutions, and Laur Schaberg, an independent fundraising professional, will teach you tips and strategies to help you get comfortable asking for money. Practice your ask in a comfortable, friendly setting; bring another board member to partner with during the role-play exercises (We’ll match you with someone if you come solo.)
Breakfast refreshments will be provided. $25/pp; $20 for additional attendees from same organization.  This program is presented at Grace Episcopal Church (Rodman Hall), New Bedford, and pre-registration is required by 5:00 pm on May 10!
For more information or to pre-register, call (508) 264-5996 or email to

Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit?

Wednesday, April 13,  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Do you have a great idea that will help your community? Maybe it should be a nonprofit! We’ll discuss the difference between nonprofits & for-profits, some preliminary considerations before you take action, and an overview of the steps in the process of getting a nonprofit up and running, with a quick look at getting tax-exempt status. Join us at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, located inside the Inter-Church Council House at 412 County Street, New Bedford, MA. Cost to attend is $10 per person. Pre-registration is recommended. Call (508) 264-5996 or email to for more information or to pre-register.


Have you learned to tweet yet?

Sharing Your Message Online Part 3: Twitter & LinkedIn
April 6 at 6:00 pm

Have you discovered how Twitter and LinkedIn can boost your nonprofit’s visibility? Twitter is the cutting edge for news and information, while LinkedIn offers a virtual network that increases your nonprofit’s professional reach. Find out how to use these essential social media tools to advance your nonprofit when Catherine DeTerra, Vice President for Marketing & Grants Development at Old Colony YMCA, discusses Twitter and LinkedIn, as Part 3 of her series, Sharing Your Message Online, on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:00 pm, at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, located inside the Inter-Church Council House at 412 County Street, New Bedford, MA.

Cost to attend is $10 per person. Pre-registration is recommended. Call (508) 264-5996 or email to for more information or to pre-register.

Download our Flyer april may 2016


Nonprofits Must Manage Risk

Nonprofit boards of directors are responsible for risk management in their organizations. Larger nonprofits may have staff to carry out the risk management function, but for most small nonprofits, this falls to the board of directors, with the assistance of the executive director if there is one.

What is risk?

At its simplest, “risk” means “the possibility or chance of loss, danger or injury”. Risk generally involves harm of some type along with uncertainty. To manage risk, the board must identify:

  • What can go wrong?
  • Can it be prevented?
  • Can we insure against it?

Some sources of risk include:

  • Program, such as providing professional, such as counseling or child care, or other services, classes (art, music, cooking), etc.
  • Accidents, slip-and-fall, motor vehicles; transporting students, etc.
  • Acts and omissions, such as failure to warn of a danger, defamation, failing to perform an act or service, etc.
  • Breaches of duty, particularly with regard to board members’ fiduciary duties.
  • Employment, such as discrimination, wrongful discharge, other personnel actions. (Most claims against nonprofits derive from employment matters.)
  • Finances, such as mishandling or misappropriation of funds.
  • People, volunteers, clients, contractors, the public, etc.
  • Disasters, natural or otherwise.

Insurable risks include:

  • Loss of assets
  • Injury
  • Interruption of service
  • Litigation

Unininsurable risks include:

  • Loss of audience or membership.
  • Loss of funding, such as cuts to state budget, or termination of a grant.
  • Social or scientific changes that eliminate the need for a service (e.g., March of Dimes).
  • Increased competition.

A key component of every nonprofit’s risk management program is insurance. Join us for a presentation by Jeffrey Pelletier, Commercial Account Executive with the Sylvia Group, as he explains the particular insurance needs of nonprofits on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:00 pm, at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, located inside the Inter-Church Council House at 412 County Street, New Bedford, MA. Cost to attend is $10 per person. Pre-registration is recommended. Call (508) 264-5996 or email to for more information or to pre-register.


Customized Board Training Available

Does your Board of Directors need a refresher on tax-exempt/nonprofit topics like fiduciary duties, the role & responsibilities of boards, best practices for board meetings, or another topic of particular interest to your nonprofit organization?

Contact us for more information about affordable customized trainings for your board delivered at your location.

Congratulations to New 501(c)(3) Nonprofits!

Congratulations to our clients who have recently been recognized by IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities:

Hearts 4 Paws, Inc.

Veterans Guardian Angels, Inc.

World Coming Together to Make a Difference Incorporated (WOCOTOMADI)

These organizations may receive tax-deductible donations!

Make LCN Part of Your Holiday Giving!

Help us to build a better tomorrow in the Southcoast— please make a gift to LCN so it can continue to unleash the power of nonprofits in our community.

As one organization assisted by LCN said, “When we began our quest to become a nonprofit organization, the Legal Center for Nonprofits was there….without them our food pantry would not exist.” (St. Anne’s Food Pantry)

LCN has worked with more than 60 organizations doing transformational work in SouthCoast and beyond, through its legal services and educational programming. Organizations we’ve helped include:

  • Youth organizations
  • Veterans
  • Community improvement
  • Animal rescue and shelters
  • Food pantries
  • And many others…

When you support LCN, you are supporting the entire nonprofit community in the SouthCoast. You are helping nonprofits achieve the fullest expression of their missions. Their success strengthens our entire community.

On Giving Tuesday, Support the Legal Center for Nonprofits!

On Giving Tuesday, December 1, support the Legal Center for Nonprofits and you will support many other nonprofit organizations serving the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.  Through our educationally focused work with nonprofit clients, both start-ups and established, we help build capacity in the region’s nonprofit community.

Our client organizations include youth organizations, schools, veterans, community improvement, animal rescues and shelters, and food access. Touch all these organizations and more with one tax-deductible gift.

It’s Giving Tuesday! Please give to support the Legal Center for Nonprofits!  Use your credit card and donate via PayPal.

Popular program returns

Board Meeting Basics
November 18, 6:00-7:30 pm

“Are all nonprofit boards like this?”

“Is our board typical?”

“Is this how a nonprofit board is supposed to run?”

“What about Robert’s Rules?”

Find out about best practices for boards of directors of small nonprofits at the next program of the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Board Meeting Basics, on Wednesday evening, November 18, at 6:00 pm.

Admission is $10 per person, payable at the door. Off-street parking is available. The Legal Center for Nonprofits is located inside the Inter-Church Council House, 412 County St, New Bedford. Call (508) 264-5996 or email for more information or to preregister.