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Crowdfunding: The New Frontier in Fundraising

By January 9, 2018No Comments

In 2017, The Gertsburg Law Firm hosted “A Brave New World: Strategic and Legal Issues for Today’s Non-Profit” at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. This lunch-and-learn seminar included a presentation on Crowdfunding by GLF attorney Nate Haskell. If you weren’t able to attend, we’d like to share his presentation with you.

What was covered in this talk:

We all hear a lot about crowdfunding and how much it can do for non-profits, but how much of that is hype, and what does it take to get a crowdfunding campaign in motion, let alone successful?  This session will cover the state of crowdfunding and some basic legal and logistical considerations for getting a campaign launched.  But most importantly, we’ll discuss the importance of “why” – for you, for your donors, and for your organization and its mission.  Takeaways will include:

  • Recent campaigns that were successful, and what factors contributed to that success;
  • Key legal, financial and logistical considerations for whether and how to launch a campaign, including terms and conditions of contracts with platforms and social media sites; and
  • Finding your “why,” and putting it to use in your branding and marketing, to put your organization and your campaign in the best position to succeed.

Watch the presentation here:

The first few minutes had a microphone issue. These are resolved at the 8:40 mark, if you would like to jump to that point. That is also the beginning of the PowerPoint slides, which can be downloaded here: Crowdfunding Presentation Slides

YouTube video

About the Presenter

Nate Haskell has more than a decade of experience advising clients in business transactions and disputes.  His legal career began at Buckley King, LPA, a Cleveland-based law firm, where he represented banks and other middle market businesses in various business transactions and litigation matters, including loans, D&O and E&O coverage disputes and copyright and trademark licensing and litigation.

In 2007, Mr. Haskell joined Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, PLL, where he advised public companies, private equity firms, healthcare organizations and other middle market businesses in a broad spectrum of transactions and compliance matters including securities offerings, acquisitions, SEC periodic reporting, business formations, business separations, loan transactions and employment and consulting agreements. Mr. Haskell deepened his knowledge and experience in securities offerings and compliance as an associate at Jones Day, advising public companies on many types of debt and equity offerings, periodic filings and other compliance matters. Prior to joining The Gertsburg Law Firm, Mr. Haskell served as in-house counsel at FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), an Akron-based energy company with operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland, advising business units on governance, compliance and disclosure issues in a variety of contexts, including securities transactions, stock plan administration, financial reporting and investor relations.

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