Our highly qualified and experienced attorneys represent a large and diverse group of private and public nonprofit organizations. These clients include charitable organizations, trade and professional associations serving a wide range of industries, political organizations, clubs, advocacy groups, cemeteries and rural electrical cooperatives. We also provide them with a full range of other services in the areas including government relations, employment, pension and benefits, real estate and litigation.
Our corporate services include:
- Formation of new nonprofit organizations.
- Preparing and amending articles of incorporation.
- Advice regarding corporate governance and planning.
- Liability protections for directors, officers and volunteers.
- Conflict of interest policies and conflict resolution.
- Corporate control, structuring and restructuring.
- Mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures.
- Creation and management of taxable and tax-exempt subsidiaries.
- Auxiliary and support groups.
- Establishment and administration of endowment funds.
- Tax-exempt bond financings, public debt offerings and other borrowings.
Our tax services to non profits include:
- Obtaining IRS recognition of tax-exempt status and other rulings.
- Tax audits.
- Compliance with exemption requirements and other tax rules.
- Planned giving, fundraising events and other charitable contributions.
- Representing donors and recipients in connection with large charitable gifts.
- Limitations on lobbying and political activities.
- Unrelated business income tax questions.
- Excess benefit tax and executive compensation issues.
- Private foundation excise tax issues.
- Property tax appeals, sales tax exemption and other state tax issues.
We also offer a range of other services to nonprofits, including:
- State regulation of charities and charitable solicitations.
- Compliance with federal and state campaign finance and lobbying statutes.
- Regulation of raffles, sweepstakes and similar fundraisers.
- Public law issues, such as open meetings, FOIA, constitutional and charter limitations, investments and public finance.