SEATTLE: Let's Go Legal - Getting on the Right Road to Compliance and Protection

You care about your mission and want to make sure your organization does what it needs to do to succeed. You need to know some basic nonprofit law in order to stay compliant and protect your assets. Developed by Washington Nonprofits and Wayfind, Let’s Go Legal breaks down nonprofit law into its must-know pieces to help busy board members stay on the right road towards their mission.

Let's Go Legal

Let’s Go Legal covers the five main topics board members need to know: State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment, and Intellectual Property. Let’s Go Legal shows how your organization is like a car. You need to register it with the state, driving on federal roads involves an additional set of rules, you need fuel to move your car forward (that’s the money part), the people in the car matter, and the look and feel of your car make it special. It covers what you need to know about each of these topics and provides an easy checklist to make sure your organization covers it all.

We will take some deeper dives into nonprofit law topics along the way: by-laws and how to use them to strengthen your board practice, advocacy and ways to grow your mission within the public sector.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop is designed for nonprofit board members or staff interested in nonprofit law basics. It is appropriate for organizations with or without staff.

About the Presenters

Brenda LaporaBrenda Tausch Lapora, Wayfind

Brenda joined Wayfind in 2015. She has a background in civil legal aid, veterans law, and assisting nonprofits with transactional matters. Prior to joining Wayfind, Brenda launched the military Discharge Upgrade Clinic for the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project in New York City, and she represented veterans in veterans’ benefits and military discharge upgrade cases. She first started assisting low-income individuals and communities as an attorney on the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR legal hotline. Brenda also has experience teaching Ethiopian law students at Haramaya University, where she lived for six months. She has served on the Board of Directors of six nonprofits, and is currently on the Seattle Globalist’s Board. Brenda is also a part-time faculty member for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program, and is a 2017 JustLead Washington Leadership Academy Fellow.

nancybarriers2Nancy Bacon, Washington Nonprofits

Nancy leads the development and implementation of Washington Nonprofits’ professional development programs. Nancy received a B.A. in Economics and German Literature from Swarthmore College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She created and directed the World Affairs Council’s award-winning Global Classroom program and has worked with a range of small organizations as they developed their capacity and community to better serve their mission.


  • When

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • University Heights Center
    5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 9810
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206) 527-4278

Thank You to Our Partners

Presented by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State, Wayfind, and the North Seattle Services Coalition.     



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