We work with nonprofit organizations to incorporate and obtain their tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. There have been recent changes to obtaining 501(c)(3) status and we have worked with organizations in submitting successful applications on the simplified track by filing a 1023-EZ and the more rigorous 1023 application for larger organizations. Nonprofits also face similar legal challenges to assure that they comply with business requirements and additional requirements to assure that they do not jeopardize their tax exempt status. As a law firm advising nonprofits, we work with nonprofit organizations to guide them through these issues.
Once we have helped you in the process of obtaining a tax-exempt status, we will help you through the process of establishing the proper corporate governance since a nonprofit organization and people operating a nonprofit must comply with same laws and regulations as a for-profit business must comply with, such as contracting, human resources law and trademark. We will help the nonprofit organization maneuver through the tricky waters of conflicts of interests between board members and the organization, particularly what is known as private inurement and private benefit transactions.
We provide guidance to non-profits that need legal guidance on fundraising for organizations, such as corporate sponsorships, grants, gifts from individual donors. We advise on restrictions on organizations’ political activities and governmental lobbying. We have more resource materials on non-profit law here.