Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s Nonprofit Law Group provides clients with the broad expertise they need in today’s complex and heavily regulated nonprofit environment. Representation includes that of public charities with national or local programs, land conservation organizations, churches, museums, schools and related educational organizations, private foundations, charitable trusts, trade associations, social clubs and the patrons, directors and trustees of such entities. Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s group provides:

  • Comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of nonprofit law, including nonprofit corporate, tax, regulatory, charitable trusts and intellectual property law.
  • Strategies and tools for sound and effective nonprofit governance, board structures and board/staff relationships.
  • Legal documents attuned to critical nonprofit needs, including nonprofit bylaws, gift instruments, contracts and documents for applying for tax exemption in starting a nonprofit organization.

In the area of nonprofit law and corporate governance, areas of coverage include:

  • Formation and incorporation
  • Governance and board structure, composition, roles and responsibilities
  • Board/staff relationships, responsibilities and delegation of authority
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Liability, risk management and insurance
  • Regulatory compliance and annual reporting
  • Corporate practices and record keeping
  • Corporate dissolutions
  • Obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status
  • Advocacy, lobbying and political activities
  • Grant-making practices
  • Private foundation rules and regulations
  • Disqualified person and self-dealing rules
  • Commercial and entrepreneurial activities
  • Taxation of unrelated business income
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Annual reporting, Forms 990
  • Charitable gifts, contributions and deductibility
  • Endowments; creation, use and management
  • Donor gift instruments, including restricted and outright gifts, donor advice funds and board-designated funds
  • Protecting and managing intellectual properties, including copyrights, trademarks, names and logos

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Practice Group Chair, Christopher A. Brown at the firm’s Fresno office, (559) 432-4500, or by email at cbrown@dowlingaaron.com.