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Benefit Entity Legislative Landscape as of August 2017

I was recently privileged with the opportunity to give a continuing legal education lecture with LawPro CLE on the topic of benefit entities, specifically the Benefit Corporation, the Social Purpose Corporation, and the L3C (or low profit limited liability company). A small portion of that lecture reviewed benefit entities across the 50 states, and there …

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Don’t Forget to Give Big this Wednesday!

Every year, the Seattle Foundation markets and supplies the platform for a day of giving called “GiveBIG.” Using its own powerful donor base as a foundation, the Seattle Foundation encourages many donors to give $1 for $1 matching gifts to local nonprofit organizations. This matching system inspires  philanthropy, and in many cases ensures that the minimum …

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A Check-In on Crowd Fundraising in Washington State

By Amy Riedel Back in October, I introduced the new crowdfunding laws as another vehicle for corporate fundraising in Washington. I subsequently attended a continuing legal education class that brought regulators and attorneys together to discuss the new laws now that had become effective. Many of the attorneys attending the event raised the same concerns …

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B-Corps & SPC’s: The Path to Certification!

In the past, I’ve explained the difference between being B-Corp certified and forming a business entity like a benefit corporation or, in Washington State, a Social Purpose Corporation (“SPC”). An SPC is a specific type of Washington corporation that permits management (officers and directors) to consider social purposes in addition to their financial bottom line. …

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Making Your Intangibles, Tangible. Part 4: Patents

By Ken Strocsher In this four-part series we’re discussing how to increase the value of your company by better quantifying and protecting your company’s intangible intellectual property. Of the areas covered in this series, patents are arguably the most complex to understand and most challenging to obtain. That being said, patents can serve as the …

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Securities Exemptions for Employee Stock Options (Rule 701)

By Amy Riedel   Once a growing startup begins to take on employees and advisors, one of its first considerations is incentivizing key team members or key advisers with equity.  Often, these are awards in the form of options or grants. A stock option gives the holder the ability to buy stock at an agreed …

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Equity Crowdfunding in Washington: The New Frontier in Venture Capital?  

By Amy W. Riedel As many of you may know, Washington State’s governor, Jay Inslee, signed the Washington State Jobs Act on March 28, 2014.  Our very own Peter J. Smith blogged about this development last spring. By enabling crowdfunding on the state level, Washington State is providing a more immediate solution for entrepreneurs and …

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Tax-exempt organizations – Be sure to file your 990 informational return!

Despite the IRS’s best efforts to inform the public, many tax-exempt organizations fail to file their annual informational return (examples here).  While failing to file for a single year may trigger late fee penalties, the real threat is that if an organization fails to file their 990 for three consecutive tax years, they AUTOMATICALLY lose …

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Introducing the New 1023-EZ!

Effective July 1, 2014, the IRS implemented a new, streamlined application process for smaller organizations seeking tax-exempt status as under IRC section 501(c)(3) . Replacing the old, longer Form 1023, the new, shorter, and electronic Form 1023-EZ is the IRS’s solution to reduce the existing backlog of applications for tax-exemption. Although this will not affect …

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SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS: Creative Lawyering Required!

By Marjorie Singer In recent years, government and private philanthropists have sought to focus their investments on services and interventions that show promise for addressing society’s most intractable and pressing problems. And they are doing so in a manner that emphasizes and measures social impact, thereby ascertaining whether the services result in a quantifiable benefit …

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