Nonprofits face a legal terrain that is unique to their status and the arena in which they operate.  Staying focused on your nonprofit’s cause means navigating that terrain efficiently and avoiding problems before they develop.  From initial formation and planning to operational and transactional issues, Boardman & Clark’s Nonprofit Group is experienced in advising nonprofits on all their legal issues.


We advise a range of organizations including:

  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Political action committees
  • Foundations
  • Donor-advised funds
  • General charitable organizations
  • Supporting organizations
  • Social welfare organizations
  • Public charities
  • Business leagues

Some specific clients include:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Community Support Network
  • Catholic Charities
  • YMCA of Dane County
  • National Lung Cancer Partnership

General Services

  • Incorporation/Starting Nonprofit or Association
  • Organizational Structuring
  • Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Operating Agreements
  • Applications for State and Federal Tax-Exemption
  • Legal Audits
  • State and Local Tax Matters including Annual Filings
  • Charitable Gifts and Fundraising/Charitable Solicitations and Registrations
  • Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)/Earned Income Strategies
  • Board Governance/Nonprofit Board Duties
  • Open Meetings and Open Records
  • Lobbying, Advocacy  and Political Activity
  • Employment
  • Collaborations/Joint Ventures
  • Nonprofits Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Risk Management
  • Reasonable Compensation  
  • Administrative and Regulatory Law
  • Strategic Advice and Counsel
  • Dissolutions
  • Litigation
  • Issues related to exempt status, including 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6)

Specialized Matters

  • Health Care Organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Private Foundations
  • Religious Organizations
  • Matters of Church and State
  • Insurance
  • Employment and Labor
  • Business Litigation
  • Planned Giving
  • Real Estate
  • Public Finance
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA