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What it Means to Form and Operate a Nonprofit

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Goodnow Library

21 Concord Road

Sudbury, MA 01776

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Mission-driven founders of charitable organizations are visionaries. They see unmet needs and are driven to fill them. But decisions must be made on how to best capture the founder's vision in an effective legal structure. There are several options to consider, all with advantages and disadvantages, and all with legal issues to consider:

For example, should the group:

  • become a tax exempt non-profit?
  • work through a “fiscal agent”?
  • merge with an existing non-profit?
  • become an unincorporated association and trust?

Additionally, existing non-profits are often asked to become a fiscal agent or take over a newly formed charitable group.

  • What legal ramifications should be considered before accepting this role?

Come learn about various options that are available to engage in charitable activities while remaining in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations.

This workshop is offered in partnership with Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Who should attend:

Any individual interested in starting a nonprofit organization.

About the presenter: Liz Reinhardt, Law Offices of Elizabeth S. Reinhardt

Throughout her career, Liz Reinhardt has worked with nonprofit organizations, including nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts, and religious organizations, as a lawyer, regulator, advocate, consultant, educator and board member. Her practice includes business, consumer, contract, employment, litigation, and real estate matters and she serves a number of her nonprofit clients as ‘out sourced’ in-house counsel. She consults in areas including the roles and responsibilities of board members, governance best practices, conflict of interest avoidance, executive compensation, fundraising and regulatory compliance.

A graduate of Colby College and the Northeastern University School of Law, for eight years she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Division of Public Charities. She is the author of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS): A Battleground for Cities and Nonprofits, Nonprofit Law (MCLE, Inc. 2011); Getting Going Getting Organized: Threshold Considerations and a Road Map for Start-Up Nonprofits, Chapter 1, MCLE Nonprofit Law Conference 2001(2001-04.06-CM) and co-authored “Guide for Board Members, Regulators and Advocates” (2000) Kellogg Foundation Healthcare Conversions Information Project.

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Sudbury, MA 01776

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