Nonprofit Organizations and Associations

Today’s nonprofit organizations face more complex legal, governance and management challenges than ever before. Resolving these intricate and rapidly evolving issues can make – or break – their ability to fulfill their missions. The Ober|Kaler Nonprofit Organizations Group understands these challenges. We’re proactive advocates for our clients, looking ahead to anticipate what impacts are likely to result from an ever-changing legal, business and regulatory landscape.

For decades, Ober|Kaler has taken a lead role in serving those in the nonprofit sector. We represent a wide variety of nonprofit and tax-exempt entities whose missions cover the entire spectrum of nonprofit activities. Our clients include:  

  • Public charities and private foundations
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and other health care organizations
  • Museums
  • Religious orders
  • Title holding companies
  • Trade associations and professional societies
  • Social welfare organizations and advocacy groups
  • Political action committees and political organizations
  • Veterans organizations

We provide legal counsel for nonprofit organizations on a wide range of organizational and operational aspects, both specific to the nonprofit area as well as generally applicable to all organizations. We advise our clients on:

  • Organizational structure and formation
  • Extraordinary transactions – mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, bankruptcy and dissolution
  • Creation of affiliated organizations, subsidiaries and chapters 
  • Tax, intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income and non-dues revenue
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Governance, membership, board and corporate management issues
  • Lobbying and advocacy activities
  • Antitrust
  • Election law and campaign financing 
  • Investigations and audits 
  • Government contracts, grants and vendor matters
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Fundraising 
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Litigation
  • Employment, employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Internet 
  • Charitable trust and endowment formation, administration and management
  • Intellectual property and licensing

Our clients’ geographic reach is as varied as the diversity of their missions. While some are based and operate locally, others have nationwide focus with members, stakeholders, beneficiaries, employees and operations spread across many jurisdictions. With our legal guidance, our clients are able to serve their constituencies effectively and efficiently.

Attorneys in Ober|Kaler’s Nonprofit Organizations Group have the good judgment and seasoning required to quickly assess what is at stake and what options are available and realistic for our nonprofit clients. We are strategic thinkers who can guide clients through the issues, opportunities and decisions required at each stage of their organization’s lifecycle.


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