Nonprofit organizations are usually run by a well-intentioned board of directors who are often volunteering their time and talent for a cause they believe in. This is different than a board that is answering to owners (shareholders).
Organizations may also have paid staffers with varying relationships with the board. In almost every case, the organization operates with gifts, donations or grants from outside sources. All of these characteristics make for a different dynamic with nonprofit organizations compared to companies with owners.
At Bartelt Grob, we want to see your nonprofit organization serve its cause well, build and maintain an excellent reputation, and thrive for as long as efforts for the cause are called for. Unbiased, expert legal counsel can be invaluable to the long term health and service to the cause of any nonprofit organization.
Wisconsin Nonprofit Legal Advice
As your nonprofit’s legal advisor, our role is to be there with the information and advice you need as issues arise. We can help your organization be effective and credible despite challenges and unexpected changes wrought by others. If court action is needed to determine a question or protect rights your organization stands for, our attorneys can carry out that litigation.
Officers and executive directors of nonprofit organizations have fiduciary duties and can be held accountable for fund mismanagement, taxation mistakes and operational dysfunction. We help you:
Establish your nonprofit as a legal entity
Understand which tax exemptions and regulations apply to your organization
Stay in compliance with fundraising, accounting, privacy and health & welfare issues
Develop good governance procedures by establishing proper documentation, reports and operational policies
Become good stewards of your cause by developing your board of directors
Be a good employer
When it’s your mission to serve, it should also be your mission to see that your nonprofit organization fulfills its purpose in the community gaining respect and credibility from volunteers, donors and grant funders, and potential volunteers and donors. Let our experienced Wisconsin nonprofit attorneys provide you with the resources and legal advice you need.