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Nonprofit Organizations (LAW 795)

This course explores the legal issues surrounding nonprofit organizations. Topics covered include formation and dissolution, operation and governance, regulation, tax exemption and charitable contributions, “unrelated” commercial activities, the role of constitutional law, and the treatment of nonprofit organizations in tort law and antitrust law. The course also considers the origin and purpose the nonprofit organization, its place in the social and economic spheres, whether the law should accord them special status, and how all these questions relate to the special role that voluntary activity and philanthropy have played in our nation's history. The course also examines important distinctions between the various types of nonprofit organizations, including religious entities, traditional charities, advocacy groups, and private membership associations.

2 credits

Faculty: James J. Fishman