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Organizers of non-profit organizations nationwide look to the Washington, D.C., and Kansas City law offices of Copilevitz & Canter, LLC, for experienced guidance and cost-effective compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Attorneys of the law firm offer preliminary needs assessments for inquiring NPO managers regarding legal issues such as those listed below.

Attorneys Specialized in Non-Profit Organizations: Advising on Fundraising and Regulation Compliance

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

Forming Non-Profit Organizations and Obtaining Tax-Exempt Status for Them: C&C (Copilevitz & Canter, LLC) has extensive experience and familiarity with the formation of non-profit organizations and obtaining from the Internal Revenue Service 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cause-Related Marketing Campaigns, License Agreements, "Affinity" Cards and Corporate Sponsorships: We have extensive experience in federal and state laws that govern cause-related marketing campaigns, charitable sales promotions, commercial co-ventures, royalty license agreements, "affinity" card arrangements and corporate sponsorships.

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 developed so they either will not be exposed to UBIT or will qualify for one of the statutory exceptions.

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights: We have extensive experience in the registration of trademarks, service marks and collective membership marks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We also provide advice to our clients on copyrights.

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
  • Conservation and Environmental Organizations
  • Animal Welfare and Rights Organizations, Humane Societies and Community Foundations
  • Corporate Foundations
  • Economic Development Organizations ("Enterprise Incubators") and Low-Income and Special Needs Housing Development Organizations
  • Veterans Organizations and Law Enforcement Officers Organizations
  • Trade Associations and Professional Societies, Social Clubs and Fraternal Orders (e.g., Masons, Shriners)

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.