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Washington Office

1900 L Street N.W., Suite 504 
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Phone: 202-861-0740

Fax: 202-331-9841


Kansas City Office

310 W. 20th Street, Suite 300
Kansas City , Missouri 64108

Phone: 816-472-9000

Fax: 816-472-5000

Attorneys Specializing in NonProfit Organizations

Call 202-861-0740 to schedule a consultation to discuss your charitable organization's goals and objectives — and learn what we can do to help get the job done for your organization.

Forming Nonprofit Organizations and Obtaining Tax-Exempt Status: C&C (Copilevitz & Canter, LLC) has extensive experience and familiarity with the formation of non-profit organizations and obtaining from the Internal Revenue Service recognition of exemption from federal income tax for these organizations.

Representation of Tax-Exempt Organizations in IRS Audits and Controversies: If your NPO has received a notice of a pending IRS audit, Our experienced attorneys are prepared to assist you, with the goal of a smooth audit and favorable resolution.

Planned Giving: Ask a lawyer at Copilevitz & Canter, LLC, about planned giving, an aspect of charitable giving that requires careful attention. "Planned giving" refers to significant gifts of cash or property that are donated either through one's will (or trust) or during one's lifetime.

License Agreements, "Affinity" Cards and Corporate Sponsorship's: We have extensive experience in federal laws that govern royalty license agreements, "affinity" card arrangements and corporate sponsorship's.

Unrelated Business Taxable Income and Exceptions: There are a number of exceptions to the unrelated business income tax ("UBIT"). We help our clients understand what is UBIT and how programs can be arranged so they either will not be exposed to UBIT or will qualify for one of the statutory exceptions.

Protection of Trademark Rights: We have extensive experience in the registration of trademarks and service marks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Charitable Contributions and Deductions: Our attorneys advise on all aspects of federal tax law related to charitable donations, including the requirements for deductibility, appraisals, acknowledgments, property gifts, inventory gifts ("Gifts in Kind") and other technical aspects of charitable giving.

Political Activities and Lobbying: Congress in 1976 enacted a statute that permits most types of 501(c)(3) organizations to elect to be governed by "safe harbor" limits on permissible lobbying expenditures. We advise as to making this election and file the necessary IRS forms to make the election possible.

Compliance with State Charitable Solicitation Registration Laws: Copilevitz & Canter, LLC, is prepared to help ensure that your charitable organization complies with all registration requirements for your location as well as in states where you intend to solicit contributions.

Many of our clients include the following:

  • Charities (of all types) and Churches/Religious Organizations
  • Schools and Universities
  • Private Foundations and Social Welfare Organizations
  • Donor-Advised Funds and Health Care Organizations
  • Supporting Organizations (Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3)
  • Research Organizations and Think Tanks
  • Economic Development Organizations and Low-Income and Special Needs Housing Development Organizations
  • Veterans Organizations 
  • Trade Associations, Professional Societies, and Fraternal Orders 

Discuss Your Legal Needs Today

If you plan to form a not-for-profit organization or serve as the manager of an NPO, you understand the importance of following the complex laws and regulations required to obtain and maintain tax-exempt status. The lawyers of Copilevitz & Canter, LLC, invite your inquiry on legal issues pertaining to non-profits. Contact us online to discuss what your organization needs to do next.