Need help growing your organization? Do you have legal questions about your nonprofit?
Because communities across the U.S. benefit from the work of nonprofits, the federal government offers a variety of legal privileges and tax breaks to charities, foundations, churches, and other nonprofit groups. With all of these benefits, however, come some trade-offs. Starting and managing such groups can be time-consuming, expensive, and confusing. But we can help. Our award winning nonprofit attorneys help social impact groups to maintain compliance.
We manage the legal side of your nonprofit, so you can focus on your cause and community.
Legal Check-Ups are important for nonprofits and foundations that want to stay in compliance and avoid potential legal problems. We conduct a complete organizational check-up (a “legal audit”) to identify risks and to fill any gaps in the operations and/or services.
This service is a “tune in” that strengthens your nonprofit. We advise that a Legal Check-Up be conducted every few years. It is also helpful for nonprofits undergoing a change in direction or leadership.
We perform the legal check-up and advise the board on findings. The service includes:
- Corporate governance matters – review formation articles, board duties, and governing documents to ensure proper structuring of board, validity of board actions and authority, legal compliance
- Federal tax matters – ensure compliance with IRS, verify 501c status, verify that nonprofit is providing donors with proper acknowledgment forms
- Conflicts of interest topics
- Affiliations and partnership agreements
- Employment relationships
- Risk management, insurance coverage
- Fundraising law, gift planning, charitable solicitations, social investing
We offer training to Nonprofit Staff and Board Members. Training is especially helpful for new boards, and new executive leadership team, or for an organization that has been finding conflicts between board/staff roles.
Cullinane Law Group comes to your foundation or nonprofit for one-on-one or group training. Topics can include:
- Roles of the ED vs. the Board
- Financial oversight, compliance, planning, budgeting, financial reporting
- Staff and volunteer management
- Program development, evaluation, and outcome reporting
- Legal reporting requirements on state and federal levels
- Fundraising Legally! Issues and requirements, including donation acknowledgments
- Financial oversight, compliance
- Leadership succession issues
- Conflicts of interest
- Due diligence issues
General Counsel Services – Growth Plans
Cullinane Law Group serves as general counsel to strong and emerging nonprofits and for-good businesses.
We offer several Nonprofit GROWTH Plans, so you can have an award-winning attorney on your team – no matter your organization’s size.
This is important to nonprofits or foundations that want an attorney on call to handle tasks common to foundations and nonprofits. Nonprofits are highly-regulated businesses; strong nonprofits rely on strong legal teams!
Depending on your monthly Nonprofit GROWTH Plan, you will have
- G – Guidance for Your Nonprofit or Foundation. You can call us at any time with your questions. You will have peace of mind by knowing an award-winning team is here for you.
- R – Review of Activities & Risk Management. We will review your nonprofit or foundation’s activities, give practical advice and offer tools for success. We advise on indemnification policies, insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, and record-keeping.
- O – Organizational Governance. We help with the board of directors, governing documents (bylaws, articles of incorporation), conflicts, meetings, state compliance and reports.
- W – Ways to Raise Funds. Nonprofit fundraising is highly regulated. We counsel on fundraising law, gift planning, charitable solicitations, tax deductibility requirements, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, endowments, grant contracts, charitable gaming and social investing.
- T – Training. We offer training to your board and staff that are specialized to your needs.
- H – Help with all of your legal needs, as they arise. This may include adversarial proceedings or litigation, real estate, intellectual property, management, employment issues, insurance, contracts, and more.
Help with IRS Form 990-N
Most tax-exempt organizations are required to file an annual IRS Form 990. While there are are several types of 990s, some smaller-sized organizations are eligible to file the Form 990-N.
We can prepare and file your nonprofit’s IRS Form 990-N for you. Quick, easy, affordable help is here for you and your nonprofit!Get Help with IRS Form 990-N