A Primer on Legal Issues for Non-Profit Organizations

(410 Ratings)

Produced on: March 26, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

At some point in their careers, attorneys may be approached by non-profit organizations to serve on a board or advise on a governance dispute or other legal matter. But many attorneys do not have a basic understanding of how non-profits are structured and which laws govern non-profit organizations. A litigator, for example, may be brought in to advise a non-profit organization on a governance dispute without understanding that the bylaws of such organizations must comply with relevant state laws. Attorneys who do not work with non-profit organizations on a regular basis may also confuse an organization’s tax-exempt status with its entity structure.

This course, taught by Associate General Counsel of the Bronx Defenders, Safia Hussain, is intended to provide attorneys with a basic foundation of the legal framework for non-profit organizations, as well as clarify some of the basic tax law concepts relevant to non-profit organizations. The course will also highlight some of the legal issues that may confront a non-profit organization on a day-to-day basis.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Review the basic legal framework for non-profit organizations
  2. Discuss basic tax law concepts that apply to non-profit organizations
  3. Highlight legal issues that non-profit organizations may face on a day-to-day basis


Safia Hussain

The Bronx Defenders

Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Ms. Hussain was an associate at the law firm of Ewenstein & Roth LLP, where she counseled nonprofit organizations on a broad range of corporate and tax law matters. She began her legal career as an associate in the corporate and litigation departments of the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Ms. Hussain is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and has a LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law. She has served on the boards of several local and national nonprofit organizations. Ms. Hussain has also been an active member of the nonprofit law committees of several local and national bar associations.


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Mary C.

Very informative

Ann W.

Nice overall primer on what is important for non-profit in house counsel. Nicely organized and very well presented.

Linda K.

This was a wonderful overview of issues any non-profit should be aware of and will be extremely helpful to attorneys asked to participate in non-profit boards. Thank you!

Rebekah D.

Thank you

Katherine G.

Massive amount of information. Very well organized. Good examples. Very helpful.

Donald D.

presentation was well organized

Joan L.

Very fine course

Thomas L.

Very good overview of important creation and compliance issues.

Steve M.

Excellent presentation with a lot of helpful practical tips.

Thomas C.

Covers the basics in a down to earth format

Christine I.

A very nice overview.

John A.

Ms. Hussain needs to speak more clearly.

Todd L.


James E H.

Excellent primer!

Dennis G.

Well done. Very practical advice.

Joseph H.

Good speaker

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