Helping charities and other not-for-profit entities fulfill their mission is one of the most important community roles a lawyer can serve.

Not-for-profit entities play a vital and growing role in the social and economic health of our community, state and nation. All segments of our society – education, arts and sciences, health, social services, and families – are enriched by the work of charities, faith-based organizations, foundations, and service-focused nonprofits.

Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold has a long and proud history of working with nonprofits and charitable organizations, not only in providing legal advocacy and counsel, but also in serving as board members and volunteers.

Because our lawyers currently serve on charitable and other service-sector boards, ranging from modest startups to large multi-million-dollar corporations, we have direct knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that nonprofits face. Some of the boards on which our lawyers serve try to achieve positive change through public policy and legislation, as evidenced by our enduring commitment to mental health programs for schools and the workplace.

Legal Guidance

We put this experience to use for our nonprofit clients in proper organization, entity creation, operations, governance, and compliance.

The process typically begins by getting to know the client and understanding their immediate objectives and their long-term mission and goals.

From there, we help the organization obtain tax-exempt status with the IRS, forming the appropriate entity and preparing the required documentation, and providing experienced counsel on the full range of management issues, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Entity structuring, including use of for-profit subsidiaries
  • Governance structures
  • Ongoing IRS compliance
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Dissolution and distribution of the entity’s assets