Starting and Representing a Nonprofit – Pro Bono Issues – BASF

Stephanie Petit, a principal with Adler & Colvin, and I will be presenting on Starting and Representing a Nonprofit- Pro Bono Issues for the Bar Association of San Francisco (301 Battery Street) on Wednesday, November 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  You can register here to attend the event in person or by live webcast.  On-demand video and podcast will be available December 7.

UPDATE:  My handout for the event covers IRC Sec. 501(c)(3), Form 1023, public charity vs. private foundation status, Attorney General jurisdiction, and maintaining the corporation.


  • Considerations before starting a nonprofit, including alternatives like fiscal sponsorship.
  • Mechanics of forming a nonprofit corporation.
  • Advantages to Section 501(c)(3) and public charity status.
  • Typical mistakes made in pro bono representation of nonprofits.


Additional Resources:

Basic Resources – Adler & Colvin

Advising a Charity: Avoid Common Fumbles by the Unwary Pro Bono Lawyer by Alice M. Anderson and Sheila Warren

Alternatives to Forming a Charitable Nonprofit: A Start-Up May Not Be in Your Client's Best Interests by Gene Takagi and Emily Chan