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Our Mission Statement

The mission of Adler & Colvin is:

To provide legal services and support to the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in the U.S., including:

  • providing outstanding specialized legal services and resources to clients;
  • educating organizations, other service providers, and the public about nonprofit and philanthropic law and culture through teaching, publishing, and other means; and
  • improving the laws that apply to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Adler & Colvin is a for-profit law firm focused for over 30 years on helping its clients promote a better world.

Legal Counsel to the Nonprofit Sector

Adler & Colvin's lawyers, paralegals, and support staff serve the legal needs of the nonprofit sector. We serve grantmakers, nonprofit service providers, individual and corporate donors, nonprofit advocacy groups, and others.

Our Approach

Our lawyers and our staff are deeply gratified by our clients' contributions to a better world, and proud to provide them with legal services to support those contributions. As advocates for the nonprofit sector, we participate in committees of local, state, and national bar associations and help draft recommendations for improvements in laws and regulations. Members of our firm have testified before Congressional committees on issues of nonprofit law and have served on government advisory committees that focus on the nonprofit sector.

Community Commitment

Our attorneys believe it's important to share our knowledge not only with our clients but with the larger community. We present papers and lectures at statewide and national conferences of lawyers and accountants, and we publish articles in professional journals. Our principals and associates have taught the law of tax-exempt organizations to law students at Stanford University, Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), and Golden Gate University, and to graduate students at the University of San Francisco and California State University / East Bay. We also teach workshops for the lay public.


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