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Nonprofit Law Library

Legal Counsel for Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector

Information and resources on nonprofit law & regulation

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Nonprofit Law Resource Library

Welcome to the Hurwit & Associates’ Nonprofit Law Resource Library. We are pleased to make this resource available to our clients, fellow nonprofit professionals, and visitors to our website. We hope you will find the articles, organizational charts, and other information useful in providing background and insight on your nonprofit legal and organizational interests and concerns.

These materials were developed by our attorneys over the course of many years, often in response to repeated inquiries and issues commonly faced by clients. Some of the materials, such as the Nonprofit Organizational Charts and Board Roles and Responsibilities, provide context and big picture overview. Others, such as the outlines on Family Foundations: Pros and Cons and the Spectrum of Organizational Relationships (for organizations contemplating merger/affiliation), can serve as a valuable point of departure for your deliberations on such significant undertakings.

The Resource Library also contains a complete State-by-State Registration & Compliance section which is designed to help organizations understand and navigate state and federal legal compliance requirements. Specific filing information on the corporate, tax, and charities filings required in all fifty states is provided in three sections:

  • Initial registrations and filings required to form a new nonprofit organization.
  • Annual filing requirements for existing organizations.
  • Employment filings for organizations with employees.

This section also contains links to the nonprofit statutes of each state. To help your organization stay current with regulatory filings, our firm is also pleased to provide a complimentary Compliance Reminder Service to notify you by email when your state and federal filings are coming due.

We also invite you to browse our News & Announcements page for information and legal updates affecting tax-exempt organizations and sign up for our periodic legal updates and announcements by email.

We welcome your comments and questions. Please don't hesitate to contact us or email us at info@hurwitassociates.com.


We invite you to print and copy selected pages for your and your nonprofit organization's own use. No other use of the Resource Library is authorized, nor is it permitted to alter, distribute, or sell any of the materials contained on this website.

The Q&A pages are excerpted from Jeff Hurwit's Legal Briefs columns in Contributions Magazine and reprinted with permission. All other materials on this website are Copyright © 2017 Hurwit & Associates, Newton, Massachusetts. All rights reserved.


The information contained in this site and in the Nonprofit Law Resource Library (the "NLRL") is solely for general guidance on topics selected by Hurwit & Associates (the "Firm"). Your use of this site and the NLRL does not create any attorney-client relationship between you and the Firm or any attorney of the Firm. Providing information on this site and in the NLRL does not constitute the rendering of legal or other professional advice or services. Note that the information on this site and in the NLRL may not be applicable in your jurisdiction or to your circumstances. The NLRL may contain outdated material or inadvertent errors or omissions. The Firm does not warranty that all the information is accurate, complete or up-to-date. Information on this site and in the NLRL should not be relied upon or used as a substitute for consultation with professional advisors.

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