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Goodwin Procter represents nonprofit and charitable organizations of all types and sizes, including colleges, universities, research organizations, museums, environmental organizations, family and corporate foundations, and community development/lending organizations. Our practice is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing upon the skills and expertise of all of our departments.

We provide tax-exempt organizations with comprehensive legal services:

  • Corporate and Transactional
  • Tax
  • Real Estate
  • ERISA/Employee Benefits
  • Labor and Employment
  • Environmental
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

Corporate and Transactional

  • Forming tax-exempt entities
  • Counseling on corporate and trust governance matters
  • Advising on transactional matters and related agreements
  • Representing clients in connection with financing transactions, including tax-exempt notes, bonds and leases through various state agencies
  • Advising on debt restructuring and reorganization under bankruptcy laws
  • Handling mergers, dissolutions and sales of assets
  • Advising for-profit entities on interactions with nonprofits, including cause marketing, joint ventures and provision of services
  • Preparing plan documents for section 401(a) retirement plans and medical and other benefit plans
  • Advising on all aspects of the employment relationship

Tax Issues

  • Obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status
  • Preparing federal and state filings
  • Structuring planned giving programs and fundraising efforts
  • Advising on administration of charitable gifts
  • Counseling on administration of and expenditure from endowment funds under Uniform Prudent Management of Investment Funds Act
  • Advising on intermediate sanctions, corporate sponsorship rules, private foundation requirements, lobbying, foreign charitable activities and charitable solicitation registration requirements
  • Counseling on unrelated business taxable income and structuring issues
  • Structuring transactions with related for-profit organizations
  • Advising tax-exempt organizations on investments in private investment funds

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