Exempt Organizations

Robinson+Cole has earned a reputation for its special interest in serving nonprofit, or tax-exempt, organizations. These organizations range in size from well-established community organizations with multimillion-dollar annual budgets to start-up organizations with modest levels of financial activity. Our clients include hospitals and health care organizations, private foundations, supporting organizations, educational institutions, social service agencies, cultural and performing arts organizations, religious organizations, trade and professional associations, and public municipalities.

We typically serve as general corporate counsel to our nonprofit organization clients, providing advice on a range of matters that may include:

  • attorney general inquiries
  • business transactions and contracts
  • charitable giving and charitable solicitations
  • compliance with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA)
  • corporate law and governance
  • executive compensation
  • fiduciary responsibilities
  • intermediate sanctions transactions
  • internal investigations
  • joint ventures
  • lobbying limitations
  • policy development
  • risk management
  • strategic planning
  • taxes and tax-exempt status
  • tax-exempt financing

We represent clients in matters before the Office of the Attorney General, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Revenue Services, the Probate Courts, and other authorities. We assist clients who may wish to engage in a combination of nonprofit and for-profit activities. We have extensive experience advising our clients in negotiating and closing tax-exempt financing transactions.
The activities of our exempt organization clients are diverse and wide-ranging, so we use a cross-disciplinary approach to create legal solutions tailored to the unique characteristics of each tax-exempt client. Our group includes lawyers who focus their practices in these areas:

  • business
  • employee benefits and executive compensation
  • employment law
  • government relations advice
  • health care law
  • immigration
  • intellectual property
  • litigation
  • public finance
  • real estate
  • tax
  • trusts and estates

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