Nonprofit Organizations

Running a nonprofit is exceptional; navigating the changing landscape of tax-exempt status is difficult.

We are here to help.  We are proud to be the strategic partners for nonprofit organizations to provide support on the legal issues so that you can focus on your mission.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, we provide integrated advice from the very beginning to ensure that your nonprofit organization’s structure and operations are compliant with the current tax-exempt status and you have implemented the appropriate internal policies to prevent future issues.  Our attorneys can advise on a range of issues through the nonprofit organization lens, including corporate, employment, intellectual property, real estate, dispute resolution, and education law. Our goal is to limit your risk and ensure compliance while supporting your business needs. Please call us at (301) 251-1180 or submit an online inquiry so we can assist you.

I want to start an independent school, how do I become a tax-exempt organization?

While most people are familiar with a 501(c)(3) organization that is exempt from some taxes, there are actually many other tax exemptions that could apply. Our attorneys will discuss your mission, your organization’s activities, and your strategic plan to determine what is the appropriate fit for you. We will then work with you to form the organization under state law, complete the appropriate applications, such as the IRS Form 1023, and ensure you have the bylaws, policies and procedures in place for the maintenance of the tax-exempt status.

Our organization needs a caterer for a large fundraising event. One of our board members owns a restaurant. Can we give her the business?

This is a conflict of interest and, if you do not manage it properly, you could jeopardize your tax-exempt status. In order to determine whether this is possible, we have to start with your governance documents and your conflict of interest policy. You do not have one? No problem. Our attorneys can work with you to establish the appropriate policies and advise on implementation to limit your risk and reach your goals.

We want to hire an Executive Director. Can we have her sign an employment agreement with a non-compete provisions?

Remember that nonprofit organizations are also still corporate entities. Many of the laws that apply to corporations and limited liability companies will also apply to you. Our attorneys are here to help you understand the similarities and differences to ensure that you are compliant with all laws, not just those specific to nonprofit organizations.

  • Business Contract Negotiations
  • Bylaws and Compensation Reviews
  • Conflict of Interests Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Disputes and Negotiations
  • General Counsel
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Harassment and Discrimination Complaints
  • Manuals, Training and Compliance
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Tax Exempt Status Application and Maintenance
  • Nonprofit Formation