OCCUR Workshop Covers Legal Issues for Faith, Non-Profit Leaders


Asha Wilkerson, Esq., president of The Wilkerson Law Office, will be one of the speakers training faith-based and other nonprofit leaders in the upcoming workshop, “Faiths, Nonprofits and the Law: What You Must Know Now,” presented by OCCUR and The San Francisco Foundation.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to noon, at the First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St. in Oakland.


The workshop will focus on a wide range of legal topics, such as: employment and other laws that apply to volunteers at faith-based and nonprofit organizations; the need for clear and effective bylaws and how they dictate an organization’s activities; when it is essential to have MOU’s, contracts and other written agreements with community partners; and how key policies and procedures can provide legal protections for organizations.


The workshop will also cover faith-based organizations and the 501(c)(3); essential steps to protecting nonprofit status; and the legal role of a nonprofit board in protecting and advancing the organization.


The key message is that nonprofit leaders are held accountable for observing these laws, so as the saying goes, what you don’t know can, in fact, hurt you, according to the speakers.


In addition to practicing law, Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at California State University, East Bay in the Paralegal Studies Program, and a faculty member in the Merritt College paralegal studies program.


This workshop is recommended for seasoned as well as new faith-based and nonprofit leaders. Seating is limited.


Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Register online at www.amodelbuiltonfaith.org, call (510) 839-2440 or email [email protected]


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