Podcast: Warren Harmon, Harbor Compliance

Join us for Episode 31 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as our host Roy Kessel sits down with Warren Harmon from Harbor Compliance. Together they examine the regulatory framework and the maze of state regulations that apply to non-profits as they raise money to support their causes.

Harbor Compliance understands that it takes more than dedication and heart to run a successful nonprofit. It also requires navigating regulatory requirements that can eat up precious staff hours and resources. Harbor compliance provides software and services to take care of those tasks so you can focus on your mission.From preparing initial filings to managing renewals, Harbor handles the government paperwork for fundraising registration, nonprofit formation, tax exemption, annual reports, and allows you to access records and oversee it all from a single interface.

EP31: Warren Harmon joins our host Roy Kessel on the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:30 Warren’s background
  • 02:41 Role at Harbor Compliance
  • 03:30 Registration requirements in 41 states
  • 04:45 Exemptions for educational and religious organizations
  • 05:45 Activities that constitute active solicitations (MORE THAN YOU THINK!!)
  • 07:45 Registrations for professional solicitors and consultants
  • 10:30 Requirements for registering employees
  • 12:15 Legality of taking percentage of funds raised
  • 14:30 Submission of contracts to states
  • 16:30 Scope of Harbor Compliance role
  • 18:45 Biggest challenges in dealing with registrations
  • 21:15 Timeline for getting all registrations in place
  • 25:00 Soliciting funds while filing is in progress
  • 26:30 Estimate of percentage of organizations in proper compliance
  • 28:00 Consequences for non-compliance
  • 29:00 Fees and expenses
  • 33:30 States with harshest application
  • 41:30 Warren as Commissioner of the NFL
Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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