Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations

The Firm’s Nonprofit Group provides a comprehensive platform of services designed to address the particular and often complex legal needs unique to nonprofit organizations.  Our attorneys offer counsel, guidance, and advocacy to nonprofit organizations including public charities, private foundations, and other 501(c) organizations, such as trade associations, professional societies, cooperatives, and advocacy groups.  We have the experience and expertise to advise and assist with tax issues facing nonprofits, such as exemption, governance, excess benefit transactions, gift and estate tax consequences of contributions, planned giving, political and lobbying restrictions, and Form 990 and reporting issues. 

The attorneys in this group bring significant experience in many other areas of law as well and, with a focus on nonprofits, offer direction on best practices in navigating the range of issues faced by boards and executives. For example, our attorneys advise and assist with the special corporate issues facing tax exempt organizations and nonprofits, such as succession planning, mergers and joint ventures, drafting bylaws and conflicts of interest policies, and best practices.  We also provide guidance on stewardship of charitable funds, such as the impact of UPMIFA and related state and federal law, state and federal tax law standards for fiduciary responsibility, UPMIFA issues related to management and investment of institutional funds and endowment spending, charitable trust issues, and cy pres.  In addition, our attorneys have extensive state and federal regulatory expertise and experience to deal with the specific regulatory framework (for employee benefits and operational issues) facing churches and religious organizations, private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and governments and governmental organizations.