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Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations

We have extensive experience representing charitable and nonprofit corporations and trusts in a variety of contexts. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn can assist with formation and choice of entity issues, governance and fiduciary duties, obtaining and maintaining income and property tax exemption and compliance, executive compensation, bond financing, and more.

Representative Experience

We regularly assist 501(c)(3) charitable and other tax-exempt organizations in analyzing organizational options, including how to structure related foundations, supporting organizations, and for-profit and nonprofit operating companies, and in obtaining and retaining 501(c)(3) (or other applicable) status, including advice on related tax exemption and nonprofit compliance matters. We also have significant experience in handling nonprofit mergers (both intra- and interstate); analyzing and implementing various nonprofit and for-profit organizational structures, and addressing related governance issues; qualifying for and maintaining property tax exemption; and separating or creating new nonprofit or for-profit operating companies by way of spin-offs.
Represented a major national charity when it was named as beneficiary of a probate estate or trust located in various states, including Washington, and monitored the probate or trust administration, with the goal of ensuring that the administration was done correctly and as quickly as possible.
We regularly advise operating charities and other nonprofits on creating separate foundation structures or addressing governance issues arising in the contexts of multiple-entity structures.
Represented a regional charity hospital in its affiliation into a larger hospital group.
Multimillion-dollar recovery arising from negligence/breach of warranty claims against an architectural firm. Obtained multimillion-dollar recovery during the course of a mediation that involved breach of contract, negligence, and breach of warranty against a Boston architectural firm arising from incomplete and uncoordinated drawings in connection with the renovation of the Masonic Temple and construction of the Mark Building, the new home of the Portland Art Museum. Representation of the museum additionally included resolution of multimillion-dollar contractor and subcontractor claims (which were resolved for less than 30 percent of the principal amount of the claims) and avoiding payment of any costs or attorney fees.