We are committed to helping nonprofit organizations grow and achieve their missions. We help guide our nonprofit clients through the complicated landscape of tax and other regulatory systems, legal compliance, and organizational challenges of being a charitable, tax-exempt organization. Nonprofits rely on BCK for a range of legal needs and matters including:
- Formation and incorporation
- Conflicts of interest, including disclosure policies
- Board matters, including liability, insurance, and fiduciary duties
- Mergers, acquisitions, asset transfers, and dissolutions
- Restructuring, reorganizing and joint ventures
- All types of transactional work, including contracts, leases, licenses, operating agreements, non-compete agreements and confidentiality agreements
- Land use and intersectional issues (e.g. whether activities are permitted under the terms of special agreements as well as local and state zoning and environmental laws)
- Reporting requirements and tax exemption compliance
We recognize the importance of nonprofit organizations and the vital role they play in our communities, especially at a time with diminished governmental resources for core missions. We also consider pro bono service an essential professional responsibility.
For instance, we represent a new nonprofit in Central New Hampshire, At Eagle Pond, Inc., that seeks to preserve as a local and national landmark the New Hampshire farm (where the poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon shared a writing life. It will offer a range of educational and literary programs to explore the work of Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon and its association with that Farm, as well as offer public access to the farmhouse and the Farm for visitors to see, and be inspired by, how finding home there defined and deepened the poets’ work; provide a place where contemporary writers or scholars can be in residence for a period of time to pursue their own work, so that Eagle Pond Farm continues to nurture the work writers do and the resulting contributions of literature to society; and, overall, to further conversation about the ways poetry can be a means of finding our bearings in the world.
We are also helping a new nonprofit in Vermont dedicated to acquiring, preserving and protecting places for community engagement and education around agricultural and food sustainability in these challenging times.