By providing skilled legal guidance, our lawyers help nonprofit organizations achieve and maintain their philanthropic mission. Koley Jessen attorneys assist nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations in all legal aspects of formation, operation, funding and management.
We have extensive knowledge of nonprofit and tax-exempt laws and serve organizations at each stage of their development advising them on the unique issues that nonprofits face. Our nonprofit client base includes public charities; private foundations; churches and religious organizations; hospitals and other healthcare organizations; schools and universities; research and environmental institutions; trade and professional associations; social clubs.
Our firm advises on a wide range of nonprofit legal issues, such as:
- Structure and formation of nonprofit entities
- Obtaining 501(c)(3) or other tax-exempt status, and related compliance
- Public charity support determinations
- Excise taxes, unrelated business income and intermediate sanctions
- Fundraising regulations and planned giving programs, including tax-exempt financing
- Employment matters
- Compensation issues
- Charitable beneficiaries in estate and trust disputes and litigation
- Regulatory compliance and disclosure requirements support
- Drafting applicable policies/procedures and committee charters
- Corporate governance support including advising c-suite officers and board members on fiduciary duties and responsibilities of directors, trustees and managers
- Private foundation compliance, including self-dealing, program-related investments, non-lobbying advocacy, qualifying distributions, and scholarship programs/grant-making
- Restructuring / termination of nonprofit organizations