Legal Blueprint for a Successful Nonprofit

by Renée Demoss

You are providing legal advice to a start-up non-profit organization or sitting on the board of such an organization.  You believe strongly in the entity’s mission, and want to do all you can, as a lawyer and as a volunteer, to help it succeed.  A perfect example to follow is right in front of you – the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.  This non-profit charitable organization, which is the third oldest bar foundation in the U.S, has successfully raised and distributed over $10 million to provide legal services and law-related benefits and education to Oklahoma citizens, all in the name of Oklahoma lawyers.  The OBF provides a valuable legal blueprint for any lawyer to follow in establishing, operating, or contributing to the success of a non-profit organization.

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