Legal Affairs

The Council has six full-time attorneys with a breadth of experience on staff. This team of experts is a valuable resource to Council members, and is available to provide information on a wide range of topics that impact foundation operations.

On a regular basis, members of our Legal Team:

  • Field nearly 100 inquiries per week from members,
  • Interpret murky areas of the law for the benefit of the field,
  • Present at academic and professional meetings on emerging legal topics,
  • Facilitate continuing legal education (CLE) sessions,
  • Review submissions for the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program, and
  • Provide guidance and education for the field to improve philanthropy.

The Council’s Legal Team maintains a number of resources with information on legal topics—from ethics and accountability, to grants management and public disclosure requirements.

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All information on this website, and all publications, articles, e-mail correspondence and telephone consultations provided by Council attorneys and legal staff are intended for informational purposes only and not as part of an attorney-client relationship. Council attorneys are not licensed in every state and cannot provide legal representation. The information is not a substitute for expert legal, tax or other professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances, and may not be relied upon for the purposes of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code.