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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Barbara Chin

Barbara Chin

Practice Group Associate

Nancy J. Sterling, APR

Nancy J. Sterling, APR

ML Strategies - Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications

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)
  • 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