Nonprofit


The Ulmer Nonprofit Industry Group knows that operating a nonprofit organization is not simply about fulfilling the mission; it is most often about how the mission is executed. Delivering on mission requires effectively managing bottom line financial issues, carefully balancing the needs of the staff, board, donors, volunteers, and clients, building capacity and positioning the entity for sustainable growth.

We understand the many challenges of nonprofit organizations: competition for donors and funding; adherence to rules governing tax-exempt entities; corporate governance; compliance with donor restricted gifts; tracking and measuring performance outcomes; expanding facilities for improved and impactful service delivery; employee relations, among others. Leaders in the nonprofit sector are thoughtfully and strategically achieving mission-focused objectives. Members in our Nonprofit Industry Group have served as board members, volunteers and donors and those meaningful personal experiences complement the technical legal skills we bring to clients as they manage the business and execute on mission.

We represent more than 100 nonprofits throughout Ohio, including social service agencies, educational institutions, arts groups, behavioral health organizations, governmental entities, community development corporations, religious institutions, foundations, and other charitable exempt entities. Nonprofit Industry Group team members handle the full spectrum of business and litigation matters for clients, including labor and employment, strategic combinations, affiliations and mergers, tax-exempt and tax credit financings, real estate acquisition, development and construction, intellectual property and technology.

The work of the Nonprofit Industry Group means so much more than just skilled legal practice. It provides a way for us to make a difference in the community through the incredible and transformative work of our nonprofit clients.

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to share that Associate Brooke Tyus has taken on leadership roles with the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Law Alumni Association Board and Women in Music, a national nonprofit focused on achieving gender equality in the music industry. Tyus was recently elected to the CWRU Law...

Inajo Davis Chappell, Partner and Chair of Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Nonprofit Practice Group, has been named by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America. This exclusive list honors women who embody talent, leadership, and grace while executing critical roles for some of the largest...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Associate Brooke Tyus has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Larchmere Porchfest for a two-year term. Larchmere Porchfest is a nonprofit that hosts a family-friendly annual music festival of the same name. The event features musicians from a...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of three associates to the firm. Kathryn (Katie) Bartolomucci and Brooke Tyus join Ulmer’s Cleveland office, while Hillary Maynard joins the firm’s Chicago office. “We’re thrilled to bring Katie, Brooke, and Hillary on as associates,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing...

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