NONPROFIT PRACTICE

We counsel and serve charities, foundations, churches, private schools, colleges, universities and other types of nonprofit organizations — providing broad transactional and general counsel services, including those listed below.

These organizations merit a great deal of respect and admiration. Daily, our clients write a new narrative for our future: the future of education, the future of generosity, the future of kindness and care for the poor and powerless. They encounter complex situations that demand excellent legal service, from corporate structuring to raising capital to employing volunteers and executives. On all these issues, we can deliver. They deserve it.

SOME OF THE MORE COMMON SERVICES WE PROVIDE FOR NONPROFITS

  • Formation
  • Corporate and Finance
  • Governance and Industry-Specific Best Practices
  • Employment
  • Philanthropy

WHILE THERE IS MUCH BEHIND EACH AREA OF NONPROFIT PRACTICE, THIS IS A SCOPE SUMMARY OF EACH

Formation

We form and qualify 501(c)(3) organizations.

Philanthropy

We structure tax-advantaged gifts and establish family foundations and charitable trusts.

Corporate and Finance

We effectuate mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, bond financings, mortgage financings and bridge loans. We plan and structure ownership of for-profit and nonprofit subsidiaries. We also guide organizations in their on-going compliance with I.R.S. rules and regulations regarding their tax exempt status, including treatment of unrelated business income and management of charitable contributions.

Governance and Industry-Specific Best Practices

We prepare and implement organizational documents and policies based on industry-specific best practices. And we support boards of directors, year after year, with timely counsel on good governance.

Employment

We negotiate and prepare executive employment agreements. We also analyze issues in connection with teams of volunteers and employees, drafting employee handbooks and policies. Among those, we understand key matters to assist clergy, ministers and pastors. And we help put these plans into practice.