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Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations

FPLG’s nonprofit attorneys have honed an extensive knowledge of the complex legal, tax and operational challenges facing nonprofit leaders every day.

As dedicated attorneys for nonprofit organizations, we can assist you in starting a nonprofit and then growing your organization to meet your mission, vision and passion. With our deep understanding of nonprofit law, we can also assist in ensuring your organizations remains in compliance with state and federal agencies.

Nonprofit organizations come in all shapes and sizes, and our nonprofit lawyers have experience with them all, including 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations. We’ve dedicated ourselves for the decade to the representation of purpose and mission driven entities, just like yours.

Nonprofit Outside General Counsel

Our team is able to provide immediate and responsive legal counsel, providing specific expertise in guiding a nonprofit organization throughout every phase of its operational life-cycle.  We can serve as your Outside General Counsel, assisting your organization every step of the way, whatever legal question or issue you may face.

Nonprofit Formation and Exemption

Our team has assisted hundreds of nonprofit founders ensure their new nonprofit organization is set up quickly, efficiently, and correctly. We know how to help nonprofit founders start a nonprofit organization, and we are with them every step of the way. We have the expertise to ensure the foundation of any new nonprofit is solid, strong, and ready for success.

Employee & Volunteer Management

There is a vast legal framework related to nonprofit employment and volunteer management, and it can be extremely complex, change frequently, and be extremely difficult to navigate. We have the nonprofit employment law expertise to ensure your organization understands, and can mitigate the risks associated with hiring employees and utilizing volunteers.

Foreign Registration & Charitable Solicitation

Nonprofit organizations that have employees in multiple states often don’t realize they likely have registration and filing requirements in those states. Additional filings are also required to fundraise in different states; filings that are required to be completed prior to launching that great fundraising initiative. Our nonprofit attorneys assist nonprofit organizations nationwide to be in compliance when operating over state lines.

Fundraising & Cause Related Marketing

State charity regulators focus great attention on fundraising activities, specifically on the interaction between charities and “for-profit” fundraisers and companies that promise to donate a portion of their profits to charity. Fundraising registration and annual reporting requirements often lead to complex and inflexible structures that must be followed by both charities and their “for-profit” partners. FPLG’s nonprofit attorneys understand these structures, and can make the process understandable and attainable.

Tax Planning, Analysis & Preparation

Our team can ensure that your organization remains in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, as well as any state taxing agencies and the Attorney General of your state each and every year, on an easy to budget flat-fee basis. This service can bring you peace of mind, as audits from charity regulators can derail any organization.

Nonprofit Governance

Nonprofit board governance includes providing strategic and visionary leadership to a nonprofit organization. Such service includes making policy and strategy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, and ensuring overall accountability of the organization. We understand the intricacies of board governance, and attend many nonprofit board meetings to provide substantive guidance to directors and officers.

Property Tax Exemption

When a nonprofit organization holds real property in California, many times the property taxes assessed against that property can be abated. FPLG can assist qualified nonprofit organizations first obtain their Organizational Clearance Certificate from the California State Board of Equalization. Once received, FPLG can facilitate gaining property tax exemption with your county assessor.


I am the Executive Director of a San Diego nonprofit. We have been working with For Purpose Law for a little while now, and are blown away by their knowledge, expertise, and ability to help work through complex matters. I would highly recommend their firm to anyone looking for a boutique law firm that understands nonprofits and is passionate about mission-driven work.

Melissa Peterman, Executive Director

May was absolutely brilliant, incredibly knowledgeable, amazingly insightful. I was so impressed with her consultation. She is an absolute professional!

Noelle Hallman, Founder
Fund Your Future

It was a pleasure working with the FPLG team under the guidance of May. Our non profit did an acquisition of another non profit and FPLG helped make it seamless, and answered all the tough questions. Great organization.

Russell Gittlen, President/Director
Guide Dogs of America

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