Nonprofit Organizations

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McAfee & Taft regularly represents clients in the nonprofit sector. We have worked with a host of nonprofit organizations, including private foundations, public charities, supporting organizations, and other 501(c)(3) organizations. Our clients include charitable, civic, educational, scholarship, healthcare, economic development, arts, cultural, civic improvement, medical research, sports, social services, disaster relief, leadership development, animal welfare, trade associations, fraternal organizations, and community foundations.

Leading nonprofit organizations that rely on McAfee & Taft for assistance include large private foundations, major colleges and universities (and their related foundations), major nonprofit hospitals, nationally recognized museums, and many well-respected community organizations.

Given our experience working with such a diverse group of clients, our multi-disciplinary lawyers are keenly aware of the unique challenges, changes, and issues facing nonprofit organizations and are qualified to provide guidance and assistance in legal and business matters specifically applicable to nonprofit organizations, including:

  • Organizational formation
  • Tax compliance for determination of and maintenance of tax-exempt status
  • Tax classification
  • Board governance
  • Board management and responsibilities
  • Corporate structuring and restructuring
  • Program development
  • Community benefit and community responsiveness
  • Fundraising and donor solicitation
  • Grants and grant-making
  • Planned giving
  • Political advocacy
  • Dealings with charity regulators and watchdog groups
  • Funds management
  • Executive compensation
  • Employee benefit plans
  • Intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and licensing agreements

As a recognized business leader and one of the region’s largest law firms, McAfee & Taft also has a reputation for supporting charitable organizations in the communities we serve. A number of our lawyers serve as directors, officers, and executive committee members of major foundations and nonprofit organizations. Lawyers in the firm also maintain leadership roles in the nonprofit sector and serve as members of task forces, civic programs, citizens advisory committees, leadership conferences, educational programs, and community events.

The firm’s representation of many nonprofit sector clients is an outgrowth of the extensive involvement of the firm’s attorneys with charitable organizations, as well as our representation of individuals, families and businesses that have created foundations or are instrumental in charitable endeavors.

Alexis S. Barnes
(405) 552-2309
Jennifer H. Callahan
Shareholder, Director, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2225
Elizabeth L. Dalton
Of Counsel, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2217
Lindsey N. Gonzalez
(405) 552-2211
Matthew B. Hickey
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2264
Richard D. Johnson
(405) 552-2204
Michael E. Joseph
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2267
Susan B. Shields
(405) 552-2311