The Firm’s Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations Group provides a comprehensive platform of services designed to address the complex legal needs unique to nonprofit organizations. Our attorneys provide practical guidance and creative solutions to allow for your nonprofit organization to successfully continue its operations, in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits are focused on achievement of mission, impact to the communities they serve and security of the organization as it moves into the future. We provide the tools to minimize risk, implement strategy and achieve goals.
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. The firm represents several industries, including arts, culture, higher education, private education, hospitals, health care and governmental organizations.
Built upon our experience, we advise clients regarding issues particular to nonprofits, such as:
- Board education, training and advice on fiduciary obligations
- Compliance, including annual filings and charitable solicitation registration
- Data privacy and cybersecurity
- Donor representation, including gift and tax consequences of contributions
- Endowment fund management
- Form 990 and reporting issues
- Governance, including bylaws and policies
- Joint ventures and affiliations
- Implementation and maintenance of charitable giving programs
- Litigation planning & prevention
- Managing bequests and complex gifts for organizations
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Obtaining and maintaining tax exemptions
- Political and lobbying restrictions
COVID-19 Advisory for Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations
- April 28, 2020 - Nonprofit organizations with traditional reliance on event fundraising are now in a position to solicit donors in an alternate manner because of the COVID-19 pandemic. PS&H counsel Liz Manchester defines methods of giving to be considered: Replacing Lost Revenues for Charities: Ways to Consider Charitable Giving Diversification PS&H Client Alert published April 28, 2020.
- April 23, 2020 - Massachusetts Public Charities Division extends filing deadlines for nonprofits. Click here to view notice.
- April 14, 2020 - As included in the order given by Governor Raimondo, starting Saturday, April 18, 2020, Rhode Island nonprofit organizations who have employees working on site must provide (buy) face coverings or materials to make face coverings and require employees wear them while within 6 feet of one another (regardless if they are customer-facing), including temporary close contacts in restrooms, breakrooms and entryways. For more information see the DBR Guidance for Wearing of Cloth Face Coverings At Work. The full Rhode Island Executive Order can be viewed here.
- March 31, 2020 - The CARES Act benefits nonprofit organizations. PS&H counsel Liz Manchester summarizes highlights of several applicable provisions.
How Nonprofits Can Benefit From The CARES Act - Summary of Provisions PS&H Client Alert published March 31, 2020
- March 29, 2020 - On March 27, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The CARES Act included provisions enhancing the opportunities for individuals and corporations to make charitable contributions. PS&H counsel Liz Manchester explains the importance of developing comprehensive charitable giving opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic:
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations Update: CARES Act PS&H Client Alert published March 29, 2020
- March 25, 2020 - The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts has established the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with the populations most vulnerable to COVID-19. Click here for details.
- March 20, 2020 - Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island today announced that local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response can apply for a COVID-19 Response Fund Grant.
- March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 will impact how nonprofit organizations deliver mission-based services for the foreseeable future. Liz Manchester shares some action steps nonprofit executives, leaders and board members can take to minimize risk and mitigate the impact of the pandemic:
How Nonprofit Organizations Can Mitigate Risk In Light Of Coronavirus Pandemic, PS&H Client Alert published March 16, 2020
- March 9, 2020 - On March 9, Governor Gina Raimondo issued an executive order suspending the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act prohibition on government bodies meeting remotely. The order, which will only be in place until April 15, requires public bodies that do meet remotely to provide some form of public access, through telephone or electronic means. The order can be viewed here.