Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations

The Dorsey Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations group counsels a variety of nonprofit and tax-exempt clients on a wide range of tax, corporate, and other legal issues.  Our clients include:

  • Public charities
  • Private foundations
  • Governmental and quasi-governmental entities
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Social welfare organizations
  • Professional societies
  • Trade associations
  • Cooperatives
  • Political organizations

Dorsey attorneys assist with the creation and ongoing operation of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations by providing advice on corporate structure, governance, fiduciary duties, and conflicts of interest, and by drafting organizational documents and amendments, tax-exemption applications, and other federal or state filings.

Dorsey attorneys also provide the full spectrum of legal services to non profit and tax exempt entities from employment and benefit law to advice on political spending to formation of cooperatives.

Dorsey attorneys also provide advice on tax issues, such as intermediate sanctions, private benefit, unrelated business income tax, tax-exempt financing, private foundation compliance, tax reporting, and employment and excise tax matters.  We have extensive experience dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, obtaining tax determinations and rulings, coordinating tax audits, and handling tax controversies, both administratively and in court.

Our attorneys also counsel section 501(c)(3) organizations in fundraising and donor-related activities, providing advice on matters such as:

  • Compliance with charitable solicitation laws (click here for more information) 
  • Availability of income tax deductions for donors, and substantiation requirements
  • Creation of donor advised funds, field of interest funds, endowment funds
  • Creation of charitable remainder and lead trusts
  • Creation of gifts annuities and pooled income funds

Please contact us for more information concerning the Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations practice group at Dorsey.

Food and Agribusiness

Benefits and Executive Compensation

Charitable Registration

Claire Topp

Governmental Entities
Thomas Vander Molen

Health Transactions
Claire Topp

Political Law
Lynette Slater Crandall

Private Foundations 

Property Tax Exemption 

Public Finance
Chris Kuhn

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