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Training Videos

Communities Rise offers on-demand nonprofit and small business legal training videos on a variety of nonprofit legal topics. All training videos come with electronic copies of handouts provided by the trainers.

We offer a discounted rate for Communities Rise volunteers, nonprofit staff and board members and small business owners. Attorneys who want CLE credit do not qualify for the nonprofit rate.

How to Rent Training Videos

Rented training videos are available to watch for 30 days. The fee depends on the length of the training recording. Preview “trailers” are available for each video before purchase.

Once you have determined the video(s) you want to rent:

  1. Contact us to determine if you qualify for one of our discounted rates and request the handouts for the training.
  2. We will send you the handouts and discount code, if applicable.
  3. Visit our Video on Demand page and select the video you wish to rent.

Small Business Legal Training Videos

If you qualify for a discounted rate, you must email us for the coupon code before renting the video on Vimeo. See “How to Rent Training Videos”, above, for detailed instructions.

Microenterprise 101

$150 General/Attorneys with 3.75 CLE credits
$120 Communities Rise Volunteer Attorney with 3.75 CLE Credits
$50 discounted rate for micro- entrepreneurs

Communities Rise’s signature microenterprise legal training is designed for attorneys who want to volunteer at Communities Rise’s Microenterprise Legal Clinics. In this 4 hour recorded training, speakers Rodger Kohn, Toulsey, Brain, Stephens, Jennifer Jolley, Perkins Coie, and Kyle Flindt, Aeon Law discuss the common legal issues that micro-enterpreneurs face and that arise at the legal clinics:

  1. Choice of Entity
  2. Contracts
  3. Intellectual Property
  4. Patents, and
  5. General Advising at the Microenterprise Legal Clinic.

This training is approximately 4 hours long and was recorded on October 2, 2014 in Seattle.

Nonprofit Legal Training Videos

If you qualify for a discounted rate, you must email us for the coupon code before renting the video on Vimeo. See “How to Rent Training Videos”, above, for detailed instructions.

Nonprofit Law Nuts & Bolts Series

We continue to offer the both the 2015 and 2017 versions of the Part 1 training because the content on the Federal tax law is different. The 2015 version walks through the Full Form 1023 Application while the 2017 version focuses on the shorter Form 1023EZ Application for 501c3 tax-exemption. Both versions include Washington State law and how to create a nonprofit.

Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Law, Part 1 (2017 Edition)

$175 General/Attorneys with 2.75 CLE credits
$150 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys with 2.75 CLE credits
$125 for Sponsor Members
$60 discounted rate for nonprofit staff and board members

Communities Rise’s signature nonprofit legal training is everything you need to know to create a new Washington nonprofit and obtain 501c3 tax-exemption. In the 2017 Edition, we focus on using the IRS Form 1023EZ, which is the application for tax-exemption for nonprofits with smaller budgets

Attorneys Judy Andrews, Apex Law Group and Tony McCormick, Perkins Coie, bring years of experience practicing nonprofit law here in Washington. Judy will talk about creating a nonprofit under Washington State Law and Tony will walk you through applying for 501c3 tax-exemption using the Form 1023EZ and discuss key requirements of 501c3 tax-exempt organizations, under Federal tax law.

Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Law, Part 1 (2015 Edition)

$100 General/Attorneys with 2.75 CLE Credit
$100 Communities Rise Volunteer Attorney with 2.75 CLE Credit
$60 discounted rate for nonprofit staff and board members

This is Communities Rise’s signature nonprofit legal training. In this 3 hour recorded training, speakers Judy Andrews, Apex Law Group and Lorri Dunsmore, Perkins Coie discuss everything you need to know to create a new Washington nonprofit and obtain 501c3 tax-exemption using the IRS Form 1023. (See the 2017 Edition above for Form 1023EZ.)

This training is approximately 3 hours long, and was recorded at a live training on October 14, 2014 in Seattle.

Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Law, Part 2: Maintaining Nonprofits (2015)

$150 General/Attorneys with 2.75 CLE Credit
$120 Communities Rise Volunteer Attorney with 2/75 CLE Credit
$100 Sponsor Members
$60 discounted rate for nonprofit staff and board members

Nonprofit organizations do great work in our communities. Nonprofit founders and board members work hard to make their vision a reality and then volunteers and staff focus on the day-to-day programs of fulfilling their mission. There’s often very little time to think about the on-going details that keep your organization is in compliance with state and federal tax laws.

This is Communities Rise signature nonprofit seminar will review the state and federal tax compliance requirements and issues Washington nonprofits and 501c3 tax-exempt organizations face on an ongoing basis, that are often overlooked. Topics will include: fiduciary duties of directors and officers, Charitable Solicitation Act, governance policies, Form 990 reporting, private inurement and private benefit (executive compensation), lobbying and political activities, charitable contribution issues, unrelated business income and other issues.

This seminar is ideal for attorneys and nonprofit staff who have already taken Communities Rise’s Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law, Part 1 seminar or have some experience working with nonprofits.

Note that the on the video the title is a little different – “Nuts & Bolts of Representing Nonprofits, Part 2: Maintaining Nonprofits.” Both titles refer to the same video. We apologize for the confusion of having two titles referring to the same training.

Tax-Exempt Status (Form 1023) & Fiscal Sponsorship

Deep Dive into the Form 1023 Application for 501c3 Tax-Exemption

$50 General/Attorneys with 1 CLE credit, approval pending
$20 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys, Champion Sponsor Members and nonprofit staff and board members
Free for Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 attendees

Attorney Lorri Dunsmore, Perkins Coie, walks through the IRS Form 1023 application for 501c3 tax-exemption. Ms. Dunsmore explains the application process, what the IRS is looking for, and on-going compliance issues that are raised in the Form 1023.

This is a one-hour video recording of a session held at the Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 on November 2, 2017 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

Fast & Easy 501c3 Tax-Exemption? The New Form 1023EZ

$120 General/Attorneys with 2 CLE Credit
$100 Communities Rise Volunteer Attorney with 2 CLE Credit
$60 discounted rate for nonprofit staff and board members.

In this 2 hour recorded training, you will learn about the new IRS Form 1023EZ, which is the shorter online application for 501c3 tax-exempt status. Speakers David Lawson, Davis Wright Tremaine and Nathaniel Taylor, Ellis, Li & McKinstry discuss considerations on whether you are ready to apply for 501c3 tax-exemption, eligibility to use the Form 1023EZ, and how to apply using the Form 1023EZ.

This training was recorded at a live training on March 26, 2015 in Seattle.

Fiscal Sponsorship: Compliance and Best Practices

$50 General/Attorneys with 1 CLE credit, approved
$20 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys, Champion Sponsor Members and nonprofit staff and board members
Free for Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 attendees

Attorney Madhu Singh, The Foundry Law Group, explains what is the nature of a fiscal sponsorship relationship, what should be addressed in a fiscal sponsorship agreement, what the IRS looks for when assessing a fiscal sponsorship relationship, and best practices for a successful fiscal sponsorship relationship.

This is a one-hour video recording of a session held at the Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 on November 2, 2017 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

Taxes & Form 990

State and Local Law Tax Rules for Nonprofits

$50 General/Attorneys with 1 CLE credit, approved
$20 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys, Champion Sponsor Members and nonprofit staff and board members
Free for Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 attendees

Tax Accountant/Attorney Bob Heller, Clark Nuber explains the local and state tax rules that apply to nonprofits.

This is a one-hour video recording of a session held at the Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 on November 2, 2017 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

Speed-Reading Form 990 for Non-Accountants

$50 General/Attorneys with 1 CLE credit, approved
$20 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys, Champion Sponsor Members and nonprofit staff and board members
Free for Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 attendees

In “Speed-Reading Form 990 for Non-Accountants”, Tax Accountant Howard Donkin of Jacobson Jarvis, explains the purpose of the Form 990 and how to read and understand it and spot red flags.

This is a one-hour video recording of a session held at the Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 on November 2, 2017 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

Private Foundations

The Legal Ins and Outs of Private Foundations

$150 General/Attorneys with 2 CLE credits
$120 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys with 2.75 CLE credits

There are many private foundations in Washington State and we have had several requests for a legal training on this topic. In this 3 hour recorded training, speakers Lorri Dunsmore, Perkins Coie and David Lawson, Davis Wright Tremaine, give an overview of the legal structure and requirements of private foundations. This training covers the following questions:

  • What is a private foundation and how is it different from a charitable nonprofit?
  • What are the special tax rules that govern private foundations?
  • Join us and learn about the legal ins and outs of private foundations in Washington State.

Private Foundations Deeper Dive

$50 General/Attorneys with 1 CLE credit, approved
$20 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys, Champion Sponsor Members and nonprofit staff and board members
Free for Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 attendees

Nonprofit Attorney David Lawson, Davis Wright Tremaine, explains how a “private foundation” is different from other charities under the section 501c3 of the tax-code and what the specific compliance requirements are for private foundations.

This is a one-hour video recording of a session held at the Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 on November 2, 2017 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

Proposed Revisions to the Washington State Nonprofit Statute

$50 General/Attorneys with 1 CLE credit approved
$20 for Communities Rise Volunteer Attorneys, Champion Sponsor Members and nonprofit staff and board members
Free for Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 attendees

Attorneys Judy Andrews and Jessica Breitbarth give you preview of the proposed new Washington State Nonprofit Statute. Both Judy and Jessica are members of the WSBA Business Law Section Nonprofit Committee who are helping to draft the new statute. The statute is expected to become law in 2019.

This is a one-hour video recording of a session held at the Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 on November 2, 2017 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.


If you have any questions about our training videos, please contact us.