Support LCN on Giving Tuesday

After two days for getting deals — Black Friday and Cyber Monday — #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back.  In dozens of towns, cities, regions and states across the country, people are celebrating generosity on Giving Tuesday.
Through our legal work, we help nonprofits get started positioned for success, and through our programs, we help nonprofit leaders get the information they need to lead their nonprofits forward.
Gifts to the Legal Center for Nonprofits touch the many nonprofits that receive services each year–
  • Youth organizations
  • Veterans
  • Community improvement
  • Animal rescue and shelters
  • Food pantries
  • And many others…
Like our clients, the Legal Center for Nonprofits is a 501(c)(3) charity, dependent on your generosity to continue to do its capacity-building work in our community.

Get on Board SouthCoast — We’re re-visioning!

November 9                                         Get on Board SouthCoast!

Thank you for your interest in Get on Board SouthCoast! Unfortunately due to low exhibitor registration, we must postpone the event.  While we are disappointed, we view this setback as an opportunity to gather feedback and re-assess the community’s board recruitment needs. We’d like to invite you to participate in a visioning/feedback session on Wednesday, November 9, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Legal Center for Nonprofits. If you’d like to join us for this session, please RSVP to

We’re Sorry!

Our program, Get that Government Grant, scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, is cancelled due to the Speaker’s illness.  We will reschedule this program in Spring.  Stay tuned!

Get grant-seeking help here!

Check out our upcoming programs about grant-seeking here!

Fall Programs from Legal Center for Nonprofits!

Nonprofit Finance 101 – Presented by Tom Butero – September 21, 6:00-8:00 pm

Your budget is your blueprint for success.  In tandem with its strategic plan, a nonprofit’s budget is its most important planning tool.  But where does a budget come from? What drives it?  Find our more when Tom Butero explains budgets and financial management, from day-to-day operations to annual requirements, at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, 412 County St., New Bedford, on Sept 21, 6:00-8:00 pm.  $10 per person.  Call (508) 264-5996 or email to register.

 Looking Ahead – watch for details, coming soon!

  • Board Basics, with Linnea – September 27
  • Get That Government Grant , with Tom Butero – October 12
  • Grantwriting, with Robin Cabral – in 2 sessions — October 18 & 25
  • Onboarding New Board Members, with Linnea – November 2
  • How to Ask for Money returns on Wednesday evening, November 16, with Robin Cabral & Laur Schaberg
  • Employment Law Update for Nonprofits in November

And don’t forget Get on Board SouthCoast!  Visit here for details.

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.