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Betsy Buchalter Adler



  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1971
  • J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Areas of Practice

Ms. Adler's practice focused on grantmaking charities, including family, company, and community foundations; charitable governance issues; and international philanthropy.

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Adler is the chair of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and a trustee and program officer of the Claire Giannini Fund. Ms. Adler served on the IRS Advisory Committee for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities and the advisory board of the National Center for Philanthropy and Law at New York University. She served on the Board of Trustees of the University of California Santa Cruz Foundation and chaired the Exempt Organizations Committee of the ABA Tax Section, Ms. Adler also taught the law of nonprofit organizations at Boalt Hall and the University of San Francisco.

In 2011, Ms. Adler received the Vanguard Award from the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, honoring her distinguished lifetime contribution and commitment to nonprofit law.

Selected Publications

Speaking and Teaching

Before her retirement from legal practice, Ms. Adler lectured frequently on legal issues of interest to nonprofit organizations and their board members. She consulted with governmental and non-governmental organizations in China on the development of China's legal framework for charitable entities. She currently consults with selected grantmakers and donors on non-law questions of philanthropy and governance.

Bar Admissions

Ms. Adler is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

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Betsy Buchalter Adler


Adler & Colvin
Russ Building, Suite 1220
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-421-7555

Fax: 415-421-0712

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