Minnesota Nonprofit Law

Minnesota nonprofit organizations help fulfill many societal needs in our state that are not otherwise being addressed. For this reason, nonprofit organizations are given special status. That status involves special rights, but the government seeks to verify that organizations qualify for those rights, and do not abuse their special status. This area of law is often called nonprofit law or charities law.

State and federal requirements for nonprofit organizations vary depending on the organization’s size and type. Some of Minnesota’s largest operations are nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, major church denominations, and community destinations. However, the bulk of nonprofit organizations are small organizations, operated by a few dedicated individuals who are often overwhelmed by the legal requirements and government bureaucracy. That is where we come in. Our attorneys can assist you in the legal issues you face to avoid costly mistakes and errors.

Our nonprofit attorneys have years experience working with nonprofit organizations, their boards of directors, and their officers. They have formed new not-for-profit organizations, helped them avoid problems during growth, and rescued nonprofits facing serious issues.

Minnesota Nonprofit Attorney Services

Common legal services for nonprofit organizations include the following:

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Misuse of organization funds
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Contracts and leases for nonprofits
  • Gift acceptance policies for nonprofits
  • Complex charitable gifts to nonprofits
  • Articles of incorporation and bylaws for nonprofits
  • Board of directors resolutions and governance matters
  • For-profit and not-for-profit subsidiaries
  • Nonprofit fundraising regulations
  • Avoidance of unrelated business income tax (UBIT)
  • Self-dealing, excess benefit, and private benefit transactions
  • Nonprofit compliance with tax reporting requirements

Our nonprofit attorneys work on an hourly basis, so you can use them as much or as little as your needs require. We are happy to establish a relationship with new nonprofit clients, and help them focus on their important mission rather than the frustration of legal complexities.