Non-profit Law

One of the most inspiring trends in the last twenty years has been the worldwide boom in small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations. Young people, recently retired professionals, and community organizers are stepping up to spread the message of peace, help others in need around the world, teach ancient wisdom traditions and cutting edge technology, and protect our precious environment. We are proud to help you help others.

Alexander Halpern LLC represents nonprofit, charitable organizations throughout the world. We can help your non-profit startup through the initial stages of incorporation, with obtaining federal income tax exempt status and in your on-going activities. We will help you take the uncertainty out of such complex legal issues as the formation of nonprofit corporations, obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and fund-raising, as well as special concerns such as foreign and domestic grant making, obtaining church status, compensation and parsonage agreements, and international subsidiaries and affiliates.

Nonprofits also require legal assistance in corporate law, real estate, intellectual property, banking and financial transactions, publishing and speaking contracts, immigration, insurance, and general business transactions.

The firm represents nonprofits providing sorely needed financial, medical, technical and educational resources to people from the Denver homeless to the barrios of Brazil, villages in Vietnam, and monks and nuns in distant Tibet. We also represent membership organizations, peace and social action nonprofits, public interest law firms, scientific research organizations, grant making foundations, sports and outdoors organizations, and medical and mental health assistance groups. Representative clients include: Preservation of Medical TraditionsThe Three DoorsMorning Star Child Care, Smoke Alarm, KissiduguTake Back Our Routes, Parent Engagement Network and the Eritrean Community in Colorado.

Mr. Halpern has served as general counsel to the Shambhala association of Buddhist churches, charities, and educational nonprofits since 1990. In that role, he has overseen the organization and activities of affiliated organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Mexico, and New Zealand. He also serves as counsel to the United States organizations of many of today’s most prominent Buddhist teachers, including the Pundarika Foundation, the Khyentse Foundation, and the Pema Chodron Foundation.