Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.

Volunteer Lawyers Strengthening Nonprofits and Our Communities

aka Pro Bono Partnership

White Plains, NY

Mission

Pro Bono Partnership provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Substantially leveraging the impact of our in-house legal staff, the Partnership annually recruits and mobilizes hundreds of attorneys from major corporations and law firms to donate their time and expertise on behalf of its nonprofit clients, enhancing their ability to improve conditions in their communities. Our goal is to provide the highest quality business legal advice to any qualifying nonprofit organization when they need it to prevent nonprofit organizations sacrificing critical program resources.

Ruling Year

1989

Principal Officer

Nancy C. Eberhardt Esq.

Main Address

237 Mamaroneck Ave Suite 300

White Plains, NY 10605 USA

Keywords

pro bono, legal services, nonprofit organizations, volunteer attorneys, volunteer lawyers, legal assistance, capacity building, technical assistance, legal workshops

EIN

06-1264823

 Number

0124652089

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Legal Services (I80)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (T19)

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Pro Bono Business Legal Services for Nonprofit Organizations

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Nonprofit organizations, like any other corporation, regularly need legal advice to understand the complex web of overlapping state and federal regulations by which they are governed. The need for legal advice begins with the process of filing for incorporation and obtaining tax exemption, continues through the establishment of governance and management policies, and persists because of subsequent business needs which give rise to questions related, for example, to compliance and filings; contracts; real estate; employment and privacy issues; environmental issues; fundraising regulations; intellectual property issues; lobbying; and mergers and other formal collaborations. Ongoing access to legal advice is necessary to ensure that a nonprofit 1) operates within the law; and 2) makes effective business decisions in support of its programs and clients. Unfortunately, most nonprofits lack the funds to hire lawyers without using resources needed to deliver services. Even in those cases where lawyers serve on nonprofits’ boards, those attorneys generally do not have the legal expertise to address the full spectrum of corporate legal needs a nonprofit organization may face. The Pro Bono Partnership addresses this issue by recruiting volunteers who represent a broad range of legal expertise. These attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance that might otherwise cost our clients hundreds of dollars per hour. (The Partnership does charge a modest processing fee for providing assistance with incorporation/tax exemption and for workshops, but otherwise provides free assistance.) In a given year, the Partnership provides assistance to more than 500 nonprofit organizations in the tri-state area on about 1,200 different legal matters, the rough equivalent of 16,000 hours of legal assistance provided without charge. In addition, each month on average, we also answer more than 100 legal resource helpline calls and emails, from a still broader range of nonprofit organizations calling with brief questions.

Direct Legal Services: The direct legal services we provide to our clients are the hallmark of our program. Qualifying agencies are matched with volunteer attorneys who have the necessary legal expertise or, sometimes, with our staff attorneys who undertake approximately 20% of matters themselves. Integral to the success of those projects undertaken by volunteers is the support provided by Partnership staff attorneys, who screen each client and each matter to determine the nature of their legal needs and whether the Partnership can assist them. A staff attorney is assigned as co-counsel to each matter undertaken by a volunteer, providing advice and back-up to volunteers and clients as needed, and carefully tracking each matter to ensure a timely and appropriate conclusion. The Partnership also maintains and makes available to our volunteers an extensive collection of model forms and documents. Legal Resource Helpline: Each year, staff attorneys respond to about 1,200 resource calls and emails from nonprofits and attorneys requesting advice. These calls and emails generally do not require that we open a formal matter, but nevertheless enable the Partnership to extend services to hundreds more organizations than those we formally represent. Workshops: In addition to providing direct legal services, the Partnership’s staff and volunteer attorneys provide numerous educational workshops and teleconferences for the nonprofit community each year. These workshops are designed to help managers and directors of nonprofit organizations identify pertinent legal issues, adopt best practices and avoid crisis management. Publications: The Partnership and our volunteers also author publications on legal issues of particular importance to nonprofit clients. These publications are written in layperson’s terms, for easy access by clients, but often contain extensive footnotes as a resource for attorneys. All are available on our website www.probonopartnership.org. Some recent examples: In addition, the Partnership publishes periodic free legal alerts by email, as well as legal updates on Twitter. Outreach and Collaboration: In our outreach to the nonprofit sector, the Partnership works closely with United Ways and umbrella agencies, community foundations, and other corporate and foundation partners to address community needs. These collaborations help facilitate the Partnership’s outreach to the nonprofit community and help identify emerging issues in the nonprofit sector. Approximately 175 corporations and law firms provide attorneys who volunteer on behalf of our clients.

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Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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