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Can a person us his personal business e-mail while representing a non- profit if that e-mail also contains solicitation for that business?

I would need to look at an individual email that he sends on behalf of the nonprofit organization to see what the wording is for his mixing in solicitation for his private business, but, generally, anyone has free speech (and free writing) in the United States, so, if he makes it clear that he is using the email for two separate purposes, I do not see any problem with that, although the organization can decide to inform him that they do not want such a mixture when he is representing the nonprofit.

Even before email, officers of nonprofits would meet local people on the street and invite them to donate to the nonprofit and could then, state that they own a business and also would like them to come into the store.

Harvey Mechanic
Attorney at Law

P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.

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I have been practicing law and especially the law of nonprofit organizations since 1990 when I was admitted to the New York Bar and I have maintained my status with the Bar since that time.


B.S. Columbia University in New York City, 1970

J.D. (Law Degree) Brooklyn Law School, 1990 -- Cum Laude.

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