Non Profit Organizations and Religious Corporations

Experienced Buffalo Business Lawyers for Non Profit Organizations and Religious Corporations in Western New York

How often has your religious corporation, not-for-profit corporation, or nonprofit organization needed an attorney, but did not contact one because of the cost? Or perhaps you are considering forming a not-for-profit corporation, but the cost of professional legal guidance turns out to be the biggest obstacle.

These situations occur every day. But with the complex issues your non profit organization will be facing, professional legal help is a necessity.

When charities, churches, synagogues, mosques, foundations, service organizations, fire departments, and other not-for-profits fail to comply with the complex regulations, the penalties—and the damage to their ability to collect donations — can be severe.

For almost thirty five years, our Buffalo business lawyers have been assisting New York religious institutions, religious corporations, non profit organizations and not-for-profit corporations with their legal matters. We have been able to work with nonprofits for this long because we offer professional legal guidance at very affordable rates.

Our Buffalo business lawyers have years of experience in actually creating non-profit groups… and acting as their legal-advisor as they grow. And we have had the honor of assisting New York tax-exempt organizations and foundations of all sizes.

Non profit organizations and religious corporations require an experienced business attorney who can:

  • Create sound bylaws and articles of incorporation
  • Obtain and maintain your 501(c)(3) designation which grants your tax exempt status and makes donations to your organization tax deductible.
  • Understands what activities, structures, payments, and other issues could result in you losing your 501(c)(3) designation.
  • Determine what income your organization receives that might be taxable.
  • Negotiate, draft and review legal contracts.
  • Handle real estate purchase, leasing or mortgaging.
  • Resolve board control issues, internal strife and membership disputes.
  • Resolve contract disputes and other issues through community, church or synagogue mediation or other internal processes with legally binding or nonbinding results.
  • Resolve disputes through civil litigation.

If your New York non profit organization needs professional legal guidance that is affordable, please take a moment to review the areas of non-profit law shown below.

Buffalo Business Lawyers – Non Profit Practice Areas

Our attorneys Can Assist You With These Types of New York Non Profit Organizations:

  • Agricultural Commissions
  • Animal Rescue Organizations
  • Charities
  • Churches
  • Condo Associations
  • Cooperatives
  • Credit Unions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Fire Fighters
  • Foundations
  • Government entities
  • Homeowner’s Associations
  • Hospitals
  • Joint Powers Authorities
  • Mobile Home Tenants’ Association
  • Mosques
  • Professional Associations
  • Religious Organizations
  • Service Clubs
  • Sport Clubs
  • Synagogues
  • Trade Associations
  • 501(c)(2) Corporations holding property for tax-exempt organizations
  • 501(c)(3) Charitable Organizations
  • 501(c)(4) Civic Organizations
  • 501(c)(5) Labor Organizations
  • 501(c)(6) Professional, business, trade associations, chambers of commerce
  • 501(c)(7) Social and Recreational Clubs
  • 501(c)(8) Employee associations and fraternal organizations
  • 51(c)(9) See 501(c)(8)
  • 501(c)(10) See 501(c)(8)

Specific New York Non-Profit Legal Areas

  • Affiliations
  • Annual Reporting
  • Board Responsibilities and Authority
  • Bylaws
  • Charitable Gifts
  • Commercial Activities
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Consortium Agreements
  • Construction Loans
  • Coordination Agreements
  • Corporate Dissolutions
  • Corporate Practices
  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Endowments
  • Executive Compensation
  • Form 990
  • Formation and Incorporation of New York Not-for-Profit Corporations
  • Fundraising
  • Governance and Board Structure
  • Grant Making Practices
  • Indemnification of Directors and Officers
  • Insurance
  • Intermediate Sanctions
  • Liability
  • Licensing and Royalty Agreements
  • Linkage Agreements
  • Lobbying
  • Mergers
  • Modifications to Charitable Trusts
  • Obtaining and Maintaining Tax-Exempt Status
  • Personnel Management
  • Private Foundation Rules and Regulations
  • Protecting Intellectual Property
  • Public Charity Qualification
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Subcontract Agreements
  • Taxation

When you’re in charge of managing non profit organizations and religious corporations in New York, there is a lot to consider. Whether you’ve run them for years, or are in the early-stages of forming a non profit and need professional and affordable legal advice, do not hesitate to call our dedicated Buffalo business lawyers for guidance. With over 70 years of combined experience, we have the skills and resources needed to ensure your interests are protected. 


Information for those considering a gift to a charity.

Before you make a gift to a charity, check with the National Charities Information Bureau (NCIB) at and GuideStar at

NCIB has a handy online guide to whether 300 national charities meet their Standards in Philanthropy; a full report on a new featured charity every two weeks; NCIB’s complete guidelines used in evaluating a charity; useful tips to guide you in making charitable contributions; and the opportunity to order a full report on any of the charities evaluated by NCIB.

Guidestar, provided by Philanthropic Research, Inc., has a database of comprehensive reports describing the programs and finances of over 40,000 American non-profit organizations.