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COVID-19 and the Nonprofit Sector: From Understanding the CARES Act to Establishing a Charitable Assistance Program


Speaker(s): Karen I. Wu, Seth Perlman
Recorded on: Apr. 20, 2020
PLI Program #: 299754

Seth Perlman is Senior Partner at Perlman & Perlman, LLP, the country’s leading law firm serving nonprofits, fundraising professionals and social enterprises.  Mr. Perlman has litigated in several state and federal jurisdictions on issues relevant to the philanthropic community.  In addition, he has worked with the Hungarian Government on the initial formation of its not-for-profit sector and has been invited by Congress and State governments to advise on legal and regulatory issues relevant to philanthropy.

Mr. Perlman serves as General or Special Counsel for several nonprofit industry trade associations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is a founding member of Charity Defense Council. He also was instrumental in helping to form the Stand Up To Cancer Initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Mr. Perlman advises a broad range of U.S. nonprofit boards and also holds international board positions with philanthropic organizations in Canada, France, and Germany. 

Mr. Perlman received the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association in 2009 for distinguished service by an attorney practicing nonprofit law.

Mr. Perlman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on charitable solicitations law, cause-marketing and nonprofit law. He is a regular speaker at several philanthropic-related conferences including the Practising Law Institute, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the joint conference of the National Association of Attorneys General/National Association of State Charity Officials.

Mr. Perlman is the author of Fundraising Regulation, a two-volume handbook that explains the regulatory requirements and procedures for nonprofits soliciting contributions on a state-by-state basis. He has written several articles on fundraising regulations for publications including The Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and has authored the fundraising chapter of The Nonprofit Handbook.

Mr. Perlman is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Bar Association’s Exempt Organizations Committee and Business Law Committee, and the New York City Bar Association. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Bates College of Law in 1984 and a B.S. in Geology from Beloit College in 1977.       


Karen I. Wu is a partner at Perlman & Perlman, LLP, a nationally recognized law firm serving the philanthropic and social enterprise sector. Karen leads the firm’s Washington, DC office.  Karen advises nonprofit organizations on corporate governance, federal tax law compliance, fundraising regulation, contract negotiations, and intellectual property matters. She also counsels a broad range of for-profit businesses, including Fortune 500 and start-up companies, on emerging issues involving corporate philanthropy and cause marketing, including corporate sponsorships, commercial co-ventures, crowd-sourced fundraising, and social media campaigns. Karen is a frequent author, blogger, and speaker on legal issues affecting the philanthropic sector.  She received the Outstanding Young Lawyers Award from the New York State Bar Association in 2012, the Nonprofit Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association in 2013, and the Best Lawyers Under 40 Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in 2015. These awards honor young attorneys who have a distinguished record of service within the legal profession and the community.