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Legal Traps of Nonprofits: Selling Goods Online


Gain insight into selling goods online versus tax-exempt public purpose.

Many nonprofits struggle to meet operating costs during sluggish economies and look for ways to diversify revenue streams beyond traditional fundraising. Some nonprofits will turn to selling goods or promoting services online, bringing into issue key distinctions between raising funds from sales versus grants and gifts. This white paper reviews those issues and also discusses trademark issues.



Debra L. Scott

Debra L. Scott

The Scott Practice, LLC

  • Lawyer and nonprofit consultant for the Atlanta-based law firm, The Scott Practice, LLC
  • She began her legal career working for a trusts and estates boutique law firm in 1995 before becoming a relationship manager for the Private Bank at Bank of America
  • As a relationship manager, she was responsible for managing Bank of America’s first donor-advised fund along with private foundation accounts and special needs trusts
  • In 2000, she established The Scott Practice, LLC where she represents clients concerning fiduciary disputes and estates and trusts matters
  • With over 20 years of experience, she introduced a new nonprofit consulting division to the firm called SP Consulting
  • Has worked with various nonprofit organizations such as The Emory Clinic and Nature Abounds
  • J.D. degree, Syracuse University College of Law; M.A. degree in public health with a concentration in health management, Emory University; bachelor’s degree in political science, University of California, Riverside

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