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Specializing in the Law of Nonprofit Organizations

Rosemary E. Fei, Principal David A. Levitt, Principal Shirley J. McLaughlin, Principal Nancy E. McGlamery, Principal Eric K. Gorovitz, Principal Robert A. Wexler, Principal Erik Dryburgh, Senior Counsel Emily Chan, Of Counsel Matt Clausen, Principal Gregory L. Colvin, Emeritus Steven R. Chiodini, Of Counsel Stephanie L. Petit, Principal Ingrid Mittermaier, Principal

Adler & Colvin is a group of seasoned attorneys based in San Francisco, deeply committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector.  The firm brings an unrivaled depth of expertise and passion to its representation of tax-exempt organizations and individual philanthropists.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Conference

AICPA & CIMA Private Foundation Summit - Session: Increasing the Tools in the Charitable Toolbox to Accomplish Your Charitable Mission

December 13, 2022

Increasing the Tools in the Charitable Toolbox to Accomplish Your Charitable Mission | 12:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Co-presenters:  Jane Searing, Deloitte Tax LLP | Nancy McGlamery, Adler & Colvin


In-Person Conference

UT Law’s 40th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute Conference - Session: "A View of the Sector"

January 19, 2023

Session:  “A View of the Sector”

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CT


Co-presenter:  Alex Reid, Baker & Hostetler LLP


Featured Content


Practitioner Perspectives on Using Section 501(c)(4) Organizations for Charitable Lobbying: Realities and an Alternative

This paper, originally published in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, discusses a wide array of issues arising from the use of Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to conduct the lobbying necessary to advance charitable goals. The paper goes on to propose an innovative legislative change that would allow the creation of a…


Lobbying Overview for Private Foundations

Private foundations’ expenditures for legislative lobbying are prohibited as “taxable expenditures” by Section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code. For the purpose of deciding what is prohibited lobbying, private foundations may rely on the definitions found in Sections 501(h) and 4911 of the Internal Revenue Code, which define lobbying for those public charities that have…

Our firm represents some of the most recognized and respected nonprofits and philanthropic organizations in the U.S.