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Tax-Exempt Organizations

Jaffe’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group provides skillful advice and strategic guidance to tax-exempt organizations of all types, from large corporate foundations to community organizations to chambers of commerce, social clubs, and emerging charitable entities. Our team is comprised of attorneys with nonprofit management training, coupled with broad business, securities, and nonprofit law and governance acumen. This unique blend of training and expertise places your enterprise in the best hands from its inception. We pride ourselves on constructing innovative solutions for each of our clients’ needs to ensure that resources are used efficiently and opportunities are maximized for the benefit of both the community and the investor.

Service Index

  • Creation of new Tax-Exempt Organizations, including “Friends Of” entities
  • Articles, bylaws, and governance consulting and documents
  • Due diligence compliance reviews
  • Program related investments
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and asset sales
  • Hybrid for-profit/nonprofit structure formation
  • Hybrid entity formation (L3C, benefit corporations, B-Corp certification)
  • Fiscal sponsorship
  • Joint ventures
  • Private Foundations
  • Set-aside projects
  • Advising on foreign grants
  • Expenditure responsibility
  • Foundation and charitable funds investment management issues
  • Employment and compensation issues
  • Charitable solicitation registration
  • Interaction with the Michigan Office of the Attorney General

Representative Matters

  • Outside legal counsel to the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Detroit Zoo, and the Detroit Symphony, among others
  • Gained IRS approval of a set-aside for private foundation in order to fund sports arena
  • Structured tandem, hybrid economic development umbrella organizations serving Southeast Michigan
  • Advised on structuring of business combination of related, major c3 and c6 organizations
  • Negotiated combination $500,000 grant and $750,000 Program Related Investment on behalf of social enterprise client
  • Structured co-funding amongst several of the nation’s largest foundations on a “big bets” project
  • Outside legal counsel to $100 million labor organization
  • Advise national Opportunity Zone funds 

Tax-Exempt Organizations

Tax-Exempt Organizations


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