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Our nonprofit organization attorneys understand the full range of issues of concern to nonprofits. We can work with you at all stages, from formation and recognition of tax-exempt status to mergers and even termination. The breadth of our practice group is matched by the diversity of the clients we represent, which include educational institutions, healthcare and scientific research clients, religious and social welfare organizations, public charities, private foundations and business leagues.

Seasoned, Comprehensive Guidance for Tax-exempt Organizations

Broad Experience with a Focus on the Details

Our firm is well-known for our collaborative approach. Nowhere is this collaboration more evident than in our nonprofit organizations group, which includes professionals from the firm's tax, ERISA/employee benefits, corporate finance and technology, labor and employment, healthcare, real estate, intellectual property and government relations teams. Together, we provide a broad scope of experience coupled with the detailed knowledge that nonprofit organizations require in order to achieve their mission.

Our attorneys provide a full range of services that meet the unique needs of nonprofit entities, including:

  • Establishing or restructuring nonprofit organizations, including obtaining tax-exempt status from the IRS and state tax authorities.
  • Advising clients on charitable solicitation rules and assisting with state registrations.
  • Managing business activities and minimizing the effect of unrelated business income tax.
  • Designing compensation arrangements, employment agreements and succession plans.
  • Advising on intellectual property issues.
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
  • Structuring and negotiating joint ventures between for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
  • Structuring and negotiating tax-exempt financing.
  • Performing legal audits.
  • Representing nonprofit organizations in IRS and state audits.
  • Advising on corporate governance issues.
  • Advising on tax compliance, including lobbying restrictions and private foundation rules.
  • Assisting with reporting obligations.
  • Structuring program-related investments by private foundations into traditional for-profits and hybrid business entities, including low-profit limited liability companies.
  • Advising on structuring mission-related investments.
  • Advising on international philanthropy matters.
  • Monitoring legislative and regulatory developments.