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Non-Profit Organizations and Charities

Davis Brown has an active practice focused on charities and other tax-exempt organizations. Davis Brown attorneys provide a depth of experience in a wide array of issues that tax-exempt organizations regularly face. Our lawyers not only practice within this area, but add to their knowledge and expertise through serving as active board members for a diverse group of charitable organizations.


Representative Clients

We work with a wide array of charitable/tax-exempt organizations from small private foundations to large, established public charities. Our clients include colleges and university-related organizations, hospitals and other healthcare organizations, social welfare organizations, low-income housing providers, amateur athletic and sports organizations, credit counseling agencies, and numerous other charitable organizations. We also have experience in working with non-profit insurance organizations such as Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements, Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations, and self-insured plans.


Practice Areas 

  • Formation, Governance and General Corporate Matters

    Davis Brown values being actively involved in the formation of a charitable/tax-exempt organization. It is vital that an experienced attorney be involved in the beginning stages of the life cycle of a charitable/tax-exempt organization. In the formation phase, we draft the appropriate organizational documents and policies that are important in establishing and maintaining charitable/tax-exempt status. Once formation is complete, we represent the organization in applying for and securing tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. Thereafter, we act as general counsel and provide legal guidance on a wide array of issues that present themselves to a charitable/tax-exempt organization.
  • Tax Matters

    The tax issues that charitable/tax-exempt organizations face can be complex and time consuming. At Davis Brown we advise clients on issues ranging from obtaining exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, representation in IRS and state tax audits, Unrelated Business Income Tax matters, payroll issues, obtaining private letter rulings, sales tax and property tax exemptions, and avoiding impermissible benefits and prohibited transactions.
  • Administrative and Regulatory Issues

    We regularly represent charitable/tax-exempt organizations before government agencies in compliance, regulatory, and accounting matters. We assist in the preparation and defense of governmental audits, representation in contested case matters, and provide governmental relations and lobbying services.