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Nonprofit Attorneys in San Francisco

Offering legal counsel that is crafted to meet the needs of each unique client, For Purpose Law Group (FPLG) provides trusted legal guidance and practical, real-world advice to nonprofit organizations throughout San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley, Stockton, and Palo Alto.

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Experienced San Francisco Nonprofit Attorneys

For Purpose Law Group (FPLG) is a passionate team of experienced attorneys who are dedicated to providing exemplary legal service to nonprofit organizations of all sizes, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. FPLG’s nonprofit lawyers offer decades of experience to the firm’s nonprofit, tax-exempt and philanthropic clients, providing relevant and timely expertise from formation to dissolution, and everything in between.

Start a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Nonprofit

Starting a new nonprofit organization, and then obtaining tax exemption, can be an overwhelming, and complicated process. FPLG’s nonprofit attorneys have assisted hundreds of nonprofit founders in San Francisco to navigate the process, including filing articles of incorporation with the California Secretary of State, adopting bylaws, and then completing the Form 1023, 1023EZ or 1024 Application for Tax-Exempt Status with ease, ensuring they obtain exemption under 501(c)(3) or other designations.

Outside General Counsel

FPLG’s nonprofit attorneys serve as Outside General Counsel for a variety of organizations, including public charities, private foundations, schools, churches, trade groups, healthcare organizations and political action committees. As a nonprofit organization matures, they often require legal guidance in areas of governance, fundraising, contract negotiation and drafting, employment and compensation matters, tax compliance, regulatory guidance, drafting of policies, and corporate and charity compliance filings. FPLG has the expertise to assist.

Nonprofit Compliance

Once a nonprofit organization has obtained tax-exempt status, the organization’s directors, officers, and employees must continuously ensure that the organization meets its ongoing compliance responsibilities and remains organized and operated for tax-exempt purposes. FPLG assists nonprofit officers to remain compliant by assisting them prepare their informational tax returns and compliance filings, but also in identifying potential pitfalls including private benefit or inurement, unrelated business income tax, or political campaign activity.

We have curated various resources for nonprofit leaders, inspired entrepreneurs and philanthropists seeking experienced legal counsel in San Francisco.

How We Can Work Together

We work with a broad range of nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists, both large and small. As such, our guidance is always tailored to meet your specific needs.

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