Nonprofit Business Law

There are differences between for-profit and nonprofit operations.  It is not merely which designation that is chosen when first organizing.  Board duties differ and as well as rules for business operations that may have benefits or limits that do not apply to for-profit operations.  We focus on these issues and advise our clients accordingly.

In many cases, the nonprofits and for-profits must conform to the same rules.  However, because nonprofits operate in a unique dimension of law that has special rules or consideration that do not apply to for-profit businesses, nonprofits often need counseling that is not available from general business lawyers.  In this practice area, we understand and focus on those differences and advise nonprofits with respect to the various benefits or limitations that apply to them.  For example, a common mistake is to assume that establishing exempt status for federal tax law purposes also establishes exempt status for state tax law purposes. It does not.  Misunderstanding how a state treats a non-profit can be costly whether one is looking at tax consequences or other business functions.  We help our nonprofit clients use the benefits available to them and avoid the pitfalls that can have significant financial impact.


Eisenhower attorneys pursue cost-effective means of speedy resolution, including informal negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. If litigation proves unavoidable, we have the years of experience to see the case through to resolution. Our attorneys have proudly represented clients in matters in state and federal court and before various state and federal agencies.

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