Not-for-profit organizations must be efficient to be successful. Shrinking governmental budgets and donation or foundational support requires it. Additionally, sophisticated donors demand to see a significant "return on their investment." That "return on their investment" means that the organization must achieve its goals in ways that are visible and tangible to its community and to its donors or governmental oversight agencies.
Because we have represented not-for-profit entities for years, we understand the need for efficient use of funding dollars. We work creatively with our clients to help them thrive. We also understand that the legal issues facing not-for-profits can be complex, and that quality legal services are required in a prompt and cost-efficient manner.
Staub Anderson has the experience and is well-equipped to provide a broad range of legal services to its not-for-profit clients. Examples of services we regularly provide to our not-for-profit clients include:
- Application and maintenance of income tax-exempt status for the organizations (501(c)(3) status, for example) and real estate tax-exempt status for the properties they own
- Acquisition and sale of real estate, including assisting with real estate development projects funded with governmental grants. We are also experienced in maximizing available political or tax benefits to benefit our not-for-profit clients as they expand or relocate
- A full range of litigation services, including defending charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Human Rights Commission
- Providing expertise on charitable giving techniques. This area is key as donors increasingly are making gifts to not-for-profit entities through their estate planning
- Personnel policy manual review and drafting
- Governance issues
- General business counseling, including contract review and drafting
For more information on how Staub Anderson can effectively serve your non-profit organization's legal needs, call Eric Anderson at (312) 345-0545.