Nonprofit Law Simplified


We serve nonprofits of all types and sizes, offering creative legal advice grounded in over 20 years of specialized experience in nonprofit law.

In addition to serving a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, our clients also include donors making significant or complex gifts, businesses forming foundations for cause-marketing campaigns, and nonprofit founders considering the best philanthropic vehicle to meet their needs.

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Employment Law for Nonprofits

Our newest team member, Jennifer Ward, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, brings over 15 years of experience with a strong focus on nonprofit and employment law. We can now assist you with:

  • Employment Agreements, Employee Handbooks and Workplace Policies
  • Compliance with federal and state employment laws, including paid sick leave, wage and hour, and discrimination laws
  • Governmental agency investigations
  • Executive compensation
  • Employee performance and management issues


Free Guides for your Nonprofit Organization

CharityLawyer Blog offers plain language explanations of complex nonprofit law concepts, discussions of current events and links to valuable resources for nonprofits.

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  • The Trouble with Voting Members

    Many nonprofits, especially older nonprofits, have voting members that retain the power to elect board members. For some groups – like golf clubs and trade associations – a voting membership form of governance makes sense. The members are professionally or financially invested. For other “membership” organizations, there is a desire to recognize a large base of … The Trouble with Voting Members Read More »

  • Why Start a Private Foundation?

    With the popularity and ease of donor advised funds, why do some donors still choose to start a private foundation to conduct their charitable giving? Private foundations are different from other types of charitable organizations because they receive “private” funding. Their funding comes from one donor, one family, one company, or any other small group … Why Start a Private Foundation? Read More »

  • Providing Acknowledgements for Nonprofit Event Sponsorship

    Nonprofit sponsorships are common but the correct way to provide acknowledgements for nonprofit event sponsorship is not well understood. Fundraising galas, breakfasts, golf tournaments, and similar events attract sponsors who may underwrite the event and provide a significant charitable gift. What distinguishes sponsorships from foundation grants and individual donations are the benefits provided to the … Providing Acknowledgements for Nonprofit Event Sponsorship Read More »