Nonprofits

Nonprofits face a different set of challenges than for-profits in their day-to-day business — from carrying out a mission, fundraising, and maintaining nonprofit status to attracting top talent and expanding their reach. Whether your nonprofit is well-established or you’re thinking about starting one, Mintz Levin can provide you with legal services that take into account your nonprofit’s big-picture goals while balancing the needs of your stakeholders.

Our practice brings together attorneys who can advise you on your organizational structure, application for nonprofit status, board governance, and compliance requirements as well as any workforce, financing, fundraising, litigation, and tax issues you may have. When advising you in routine or exceptional situations, the team at Mintz Levin can draw from our substantial experience with nonprofits of all types and the practice depth within the firm to deliver efficient and effective legal solutions.

Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
Our attorneys can counsel you on all the responsibilities and requirements of your tax-exempt charitable organization. In addition to assisting nonprofit clients with their organization's formation, we guide nonprofits through the process to secure federal tax-exempt status. Our attorneys are also experienced in counseling 501(c)(3) organizations and their boards, trustees, presidents, and senior executives in the areas of corporate governance best practices, conflict of interest policies, fiduciary duties, executive compensation, charitable solicitation compliance, charitable and volunteer immunity, lobbying and political activities, data privacy and security issues, mergers, dissolutions, spin-offs, and transfers of charitable assets. We also counsel nonprofits on tax-exempt financing and contract-related matters.


Charitable Foundations & Trusts
Our attorneys can counsel you on the best way to continue your philanthropy. We have assisted high-net-worth individuals and their families with creating foundations, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and donor-advised funds. We also provide counsel to charitable foundations and trusts.


Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
It’s a fact that nonprofits have to compete with for-profits for top talent. We can advise you on the compensation and employee benefits packages that you offer to attract and retain employees and executives and the related tax and compliance issues. Our attorneys work with boards, presidents, and senior executives on employment and compensation packages and have provided representation in negotiations, preparing employment agreements, incentive plans, deferred compensation, and severance packages.


Employment & Workforce
Whether your workforce is unionized, non-unionized, all-volunteer, or a mixture of all three, Mintz Levin has the experience to provide you with ongoing employment advice, counseling on employment and personnel policies, staff and HR training, litigation, representation in negotiation with unions, and more. Our attorneys can be a resource for your human resources department to turn to when an issue arises in your workplace.

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Boston (617) 348-1865
New York (212) 692-6866
Christine M. Baker

Christine M. Baker

Of Counsel

New York (212) 692-6236
David Barmak

David Barmak

Member

Washington, DC (202) 585-3507
Boston (617) 348-1707
New York (212) 692-6742
Boston (617) 348-3057
Scott Biel

Scott Biel

Member

San Diego (858) 314-1555
Los Angeles (310) 586-3200
San Francisco (415) 432-6000
Boston (617) 348-1663
Steven B. Callahan

Steven B. Callahan

Of Counsel

New York (212) 692-6218
New York (212) 692-6266
Boston (617) 348-1616
Boston (617) 348-4425
Stamford (203) 658-1700
Barbara Chin

Barbara Chin

Associate

Boston (617) 348-4405
Boston (617) 348-4468
Hannah C. Coman

Hannah C. Coman

Associate

Boston (617) 348-1703
John P. Condon

John P. Condon

Associate

Boston (617) 348-4453
Boston (617) 348-1676
Washington, DC (202) 661-8787
New York (212) 692-6217
Boston (617) 348-4716
New York (212) 692-6703
New York (212) 692-6853
New York (212) 692-6730
Boston (617) 348-3005
Boston (617) 348-1868
Boston 617-348-3051
Robert M. Gault

Robert M. Gault

Member Emeritus

Boston (617) 348-1643
Ian A. Hammel

Ian A. Hammel

Member

Boston (617) 348-1724
Boston (617) 348-1657
Boston (617) 348-1706
Boston (617) 348-1665
David M. Katz

David M. Katz

Associate

New York (212) 692-6844
New York (212) 692-6743
Lindsay F. Leone

Lindsay F. Leone

Associate

Boston 617-348-1728
San Diego (858) 314-1509
San Francisco (415) 432-6104
Washington, DC (202) 434-7452
San Diego (858) 314-1519
Boston (617) 348-4402
Colin McNiece

Colin McNiece

Associate

Boston (617) 348-1788
New York (212) 692-6700
Boston (617) 348-4865
New York (212) 692-6774
Poonam Patidar

Poonam Patidar

Associate

Boston (617) 348-3038
Maura M. Pelham

Maura M. Pelham

Contract Attorney

Boston (617) 348-1851
Boston (617) 348-4454
New York (212) 692-6838
Gauri P. Punjabi

Gauri P. Punjabi

Associate

Boston 617-348-1760
Scott A. Rader

Scott A. Rader

Associate

New York (212) 692-6751
Boston (617) 348-1720
New York (212) 692-6889
San Diego (858) 314-1873
San Diego (858) 314-1506
Boston (617) 348-1739
Nancy J. Sterling, APR

Nancy J. Sterling, APR

ML Strategies - Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications

Boston (617) 348-1811
Tyrone P. Thomas

Tyrone P. Thomas

Of Counsel

Washington, DC (202) 434-7374
Boston (617) 348-1757
Boston (617) 348-1758
Garrett M. Winslow

Garrett M. Winslow

Associate

Boston (617) 348-3028
Nili S. Yolin

Nili S. Yolin

Member

New York (212) 692-6799

Representative Experience

  • Institution’s counsel to a university in its direct issuance of taxable bonds to refinance outstanding debt.
  • Represent a 501(c)(3) organization established to help subsidize the costs of clinical trials in the area of brain cancer, including making grants to academic medical centers that, in turn, have agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.
  • Represented a major French company with international operations regarding the separation of its CEO in North America and an executive employment agreement for his replacement.
  • Represented a nonprofit provider of home attendants in two hybrid class and collective actions relating to issues that arose from overtime exemptions for certain domestic employees under federal and state law.
  • Represented a senior executive in the negotiation of amendments to an executive employment agreement with significant, nationally recognized nonprofit professional organization
  • Serve as general counsel to a 501(c)(3) organization engaged in research and education in peripheral vascular disease, including advice on the initial structure and ongoing management of its entire research program; drafting, reviewing, and negotiating agreements and consent forms; and assisting with audits and other inquiries.
  • Underwriters’ counsel in a transaction with a private university in the public offering and international sale of its own taxable “century” bonds (100-year maturity).

Clients We Serve

  • Boards of directors
  • Boards of trustees
  • Charitable trusts
  • College and university presidents
  • Colleges
  • Cultural institutions
  • Hospitals and health care organizations
  • Museums
  • Nonprofits executives
  • Pension funds
  • Performing arts organizations

Representative Clients

  • American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • CTIA–The Wireless Association®
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Princeton University
  • The First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University