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Nonprofit Executive Director

You are the Executive Director or CEO of a Nonprofit, so you are expected to lead, operate and manage your organization, and have "at-your-fingertips" expertise all while managing employees and volunteers.

Maintaining expertise in fund development, tax, finance, and program design is a huge undertaking. FPLG's legal professionals are dedicated to helping nonprofit executive directors understand the legal and fiduciary aspects of their role, ensuring they have the answers they need, when they need it.

Charitable Fundraising Expertise

The lifeblood of any nonprofit organization is the ability to raise necessary funds to operate the programs and work towards attaining the purposes of the organization. As an Executive Director, you need to be familiar with obtaining funds through all sources possible, and the potential impacts on your organization. FPLG Attorneys understand the intricacies, including maintenance of an appropriate public support percentage, unrelated business income (UBI), and many other mechanisms that fund nonprofit organizations, and can help you understand your responsibilities.

Tax Reporting & Finance

Almost all tax-exempt nonprofit organizations must complete and file yearly informational tax returns. Unlike their “for-profit” counterparts, these informational returns require additional governance and management reporting as well. Charity regulators, donors, and other nonprofit organizations are paying attention to these filings, so it’s important for you to understand what must be reported, as well as how best to report what is being asked.

Employee & Volunteer Management

Employment related conflicts are one of the largest areas of risk nonprofit organizations face. The more detailed and memorialized an organization’s manuals, contracts, and human resource materials are, the less likely an organization is to face a labor related action, from either an employee or from state regulators. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a nonprofit organization, the responsibility for mitigating these risks is your responsibility, and we can help you put an employment plan in place.

Contract Drafting & Review

Nonprofit organizations enter into various contracts just as often as their “for-profit” business counterparts do, and they pose the same level of risk as well. FPLG’s Attorneys can assist your organization in drafting or reviewing agreements including service agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment agreements, and others.

Intellectual Property Protection

As any organization grows, an understanding of how best to protect the organization’s intellectual property rights becomes critically important. Rights to be evaluated and protected include trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, and patents. FPLG Attorneys can assist you in determining when to apply for registration of these rights with both federal and state agencies.


Surfing Heritage has had the pleasure of working with the good people at FPLG on a number of issues and wholeheartedly recommend them for your Nonprofit legal needs.

Glenn Brumage Executive Director
Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

Thank you, we appreciate all you’ve done for us! It’s been an amazing experience. I don’t know what I’d have done without FPLG. Top tier from beginning to end.

James Azevedo President
SD Current

How simply great such a well trained attorney as May Harris can assist nonprofits with unparalleled skill and strategy. Not only is she thoughtful and articulate, but also adept at taking a relatively modest disaster and redirecting it positively. What luck that she's got unfathomable experience. Thank you, May Harris.

Bart Ziegler President
Samuel Lawrence Foundation

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

Why Clients Choose FPLG

Our Focus: Purpose Driven

FPLG focuses solely on providing legal counsel to purpose driven enterprises, including nonprofit organizations, benefit and social purpose corporations, and individual philanthropists dedicated to improving our communities.

Our Profession: Expert Guidance

FPLG’s team of professionals provide relevant, timely and proactive legal expertise to our clients, in an area where most attorneys do not focus, ensuring they have the best possible information and guidance at their fingertips.

Our Mission: Exemplary Service

FPLG is dedicated to providing client service at a level rarely experienced with traditional attorneys or law firms. Our clients are doing exceptional, purposeful work.; FPLG can do no less.

Related Areas of Expertise

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.

Social Enterprise & Business Law

FPLG's experienced corporate attorneys also hold MBAs, and they understand how social entrepreneurs and business owners think.

Civil Litigation | Businesses & Nonprofits

FPLG has extensive litigation experience, with the benefit of comprehensive nonprofit and business expertise most law firms lack.

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