Focusing on the unique legal issues nonprofits face, so you can focus on mission.

 
Most people do not going into nonprofit work because they want to be experts on all the regulations and legal requirements that affect nonprofit organizations. However, most people do want to make sure that their donors, funders, members, and other stakeholders understand that they are going to be good stewards of their organization's assets. In order to be a good steward, you have to be able to comply with the various requirements imposed by regulators like the Internal Revenue Service and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, as well as following good business practices.  Contact me to talk about how I can help you with that.
 
 

Emily Robertson, Non Profit Attorney Biography

Emily began working in the nonprofit sector during college, and has not strayed far from it since.  She believes that the nonprofit sector plays an indispensible role in giving a voice to underserved communities.  The combined experience of working both within the nonprofit community and as an advisor to nonprofits has provided her with the ability to understand both the culture within the organization and the particular demands that nonprofits face on a daily basis.  By focusing her entire practice on the nonprofit community, she is able to better advise organizations on the unique issues that affect the sector.   

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Practice Areas

  • Incorporation and initial start-up issues
  • Application for federal tax exempt status
  • Ongoing advice regarding federal tax compliance
  • Compliance around lobbying, advocacy, and political activities
  • Fiscal sponsorship
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Charitable solicitation regulation
  • Governance and best practices
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Mergers and Dissolutions
  • Operational and governance policies
  • Sales tax and property tax exemption issues

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Latest blog post...

New tool for increased transparency!

The Center for Public Integrity has come out with an amazing new search tool that enables anyone that is interested to better understand how money flows in the nonprofit sector.  The tool is in part intended to combat the lack of transparency that exists around funding for "dark money" organizations involved in the political process.  However, I think it is also a great tool for donors, potential employees and volunteers, and other interested parties to better (and definitely more efficiently) understand more about who funds any organization.  Plug in your favorite organizations and see what you find!

The data in the search function does not cover everything -- according to the Center for Public Integrity, they have about 850,000 990s downloaded and in the system from about 250,000 organizations.  However, this is a great beginning to enabling more information gathering without having to download and review the 990s yourself.  This is an example of the type of information mining that we thought would come out of the requirement that the IRS release 990 data in machine readable and searchable formatting

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