Foundations & Nonprofits
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Davis Wright Tremaine's foundations and nonprofits group understands the unique needs of philanthropists, nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations. Our clients must pursue their missions efficiently while navigating a maze of complex and ever-changing laws. They face scrutiny from donors, beneficiaries, the public, the press, and regulators. We help them ensure they are meeting their obligations of good governance and legal compliance, structuring solutions and providing them timely guidance and support so they can remain focused on achieving their goals and impact.
We deliver exceptional legal services to leading foundations, public charities, and philanthropists across the country, who look to us as they explore new opportunities and encounter legal and operational challenges. Our depth and years of experience in the field are recognized nationally and allow us to answer questions practically and quickly. We pride ourselves on translating complex tax and legal concepts into useful advice that enable our clients to engage in effective, strategic decision-making.
Individual philanthropists, family and independent private foundations, corporate philanthropies, disaster-relief funds, community foundations and other donor-advised fund (DAF) sponsors, Alaska Native and Native American philanthropies, and private operating foundations.
Areas of Experience
Federal Tax Exemption, Planning, Compliance, & Tax Controversies
Our TEO group counsels clients on the full scope of the federal tax laws that govern tax-exempt organizations.
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Compliance for Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations
Outside General Counsel
Mergers and Acquisitions and Other Transactions
We represent our nonprofit clients in spin-offs, mergers, sales of assets (including the purchase and sale of real estate), joint ventures and complex reorganizations and restructurings.
Corporate Philanthropy and Cause Marketing / Commercial Co-Ventures
Our TEO attorneys advise companies ranging from publicly-traded corporations to start-ups in designing and implementing innovative platforms for corporate philanthropy.