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Advising Nonprofit Organizations 2021


Speaker(s): A. Nicole Campbell, Ahsaki E. Benion, Bruce R. Hopkins, Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Jennifer Maimone-Medwick, Marcus S. Owens, Pamela A. Mann
Recorded on: Mar. 3, 2021
PLI Program #: 305865

A. Nicole Campbell specializes in creating peace of mind. She has provided strategic legal, governance, and operational guidance as a senior advisor for two of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, and has spoken on and trained senior management teams and board members in nearly every region of the world in grant making, governance, and organizational design.

With more than fifteen years of experience in the public and private sectors, Nic has deep expertise in designing and building nonprofit organizations from concept phase to full independence and designing innovative organizational, grant-making, and governance structures. For her entire career, she has been a sought-after strategist and thought partner to philanthropists, philanthropies, collaboratives, movements, and nonprofit organizations in the United States, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and around the world.

Nic is founder of the Build Up Companies, a federated group of companies comprised of Build Up Advisory Group, The Campbell Law Firm, and Build Up, Inc. and focused on transforming outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is Chief Executive Officer of Build Up Advisory Group, an advisory firm that specializes in improving governance, grant making, and organizational design for brave philanthropists, philanthropies, movements, and nonprofit organizations to provide them with the structural capacity to deliver on their missions. She is Managing Partner of The Campbell Law Firm, a boutique law firm that serves as a trusted advisor to brave grant-making nonprofits, movements, philanthropies, and philanthropists to interrupt cycles of injustice and inequity. She is also President of Build Up, Inc., a nonprofit capacity builder that supports leaders of color and incubates and fiscally sponsors charitable projects and organizations that work with under-resourced and invisibilized communities around the world.

Prior to founding the Build Up Companies, Nic was Senior Director of Operations and Foundation Counsel for Dalio Philanthropies, Ray Dalio’s global, multi-million dollar family philanthropy; Deputy General Counsel and Secretary for the Open Society Foundations, George Soros’s global, multi-billion dollar philanthropic network; and Associate General Counsel for the New York Community Trust, a multi-billion dollar community foundation. Prior to her in-house roles, Nic was a tax associate attorney in private practice working with both nonprofit and for-profit clients.

Nic received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.


Ahsaki Benion is a Counsel in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.  She focuses her practice on representing public charities, private foundations, trade and professional associations, religious organizations, educational organizations, arts organizations, and other nonprofits. Ms. Benion advises clients on a broad range of regulatory, tax, governance, and general corporate matters, including but not limited to obtaining and maintaining exempt status, charitable solicitation, corporate governance, fiscal sponsorships, grant-making, unrelated business income tax, excess benefit transactions, reorganizations, contracts, and audits.

Prior to joining Carter Ledyard, Ms. Benion was the Assistant General Counsel at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), one of the largest charities in the United States.


Bruce R. Hopkins practices with the Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, in Kansas City, Missouri. His practice focuses on the representation of tax-exempt organizations. He is the Professor from Practice at the University of Kansas School of Law. He is author of several books, including The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Twelfth Edition; The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, Sixth Edition; Donor-Advised Funds: Law and Policy; A Nonprofit Lawyer (memoir); The Tax Law of Private Foundations, Fifth Edition; Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide, Seventh Edition; Beware the Commerciality Doctrine and Other Nonprofit Law Poetry; Nonprofit Law Poetry: The Second Book; Tax-Exempt Organizations and Constitutional Law; and Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Law Dictionary. He writes a monthly newsletter, Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel. He received the Nonprofit Lawyer Award (2007) from the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, received J.D. and LL.M (taxation) degrees from the George Washington University Law School, and received an S.J.D. degree from the Kansas University Law School. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (charity law) 2007-2021.


Jennifer Maimone-Medwick is counsel at Goodwin in the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice. She advises a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including all forms of private foundations and public charities, as well as taxable entities, on structural and operational issues, including formation, governance, mergers, reorganizations, political campaign activity and lobbying, domestic and international grantmaking, program-related investments, compliance with intermediate sanctions and self-dealing rules and taxation. Ms. Maimone-Medwick also advises donors to, and the governing bodies of, exempt organizations.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Ms. Maimone-Medwick is a member of the New York City and American Bar Associations. She is a regular speaker on topics of interest to tax-exempt organizations and has presented on various topics, including at the annual Georgetown conference on Representing & Managing Tax Exempt Organizations, among others.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Maimone-Medwick was in-house counsel at two large private foundations in New York, where she was responsible for providing legal representation on a wide range of matters, including board advice, compliance with the laws governing private foundations and all aspects of alternative investments, as well as general corporate, governance, commercial, transactional, intellectual property, and employment law.

Prior to her in-house experience, Ms. Maimone-Medwick was a senior associate in the Exempt Organizations department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Her experience included advising private foundations, public charities, and other tax-exempt organizations on a variety of legal, structural and operating issues, including governance, domestic and international grantmaking, tax issues, and endowment investment matters. Ms. Maimone-Medwick also worked closely with Simpson Thacher’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Funds departments, and served on the firm’s Associate and Women’s Committees.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, (Note Editor, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy)
  • B.A., Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, (with concentrations in Health Policy & Management and Psychology)

ADMISSIONS

New York


Liz Guggenheimer became Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance in 2019, building on her twenty-plus year commitment to strengthening nonprofits through pro bono legal assistance.  During the past year, Liz and Lawyers Alliance have focused on legal help to nonprofits improving the lives of low-income New Yorkers and working for equity and justice during the pandemic.  In 2021, Lawyers Alliance expects to mobilize 2,000 volunteer attorneys to advise hundreds of nonprofits on corporate, real estate, tax, intellectual property and other timely issues.  Liz and the Lawyers Alliance staff also coordinate Exponentum®, a national network of fifteen business law pro bono providers serving different geographic regions around the United States.

Liz’s current legal practice focuses on corporate governance, fundraising law and regulation, legal ethics, and risk management.

Before joining Lawyers Alliance in 1999, Liz worked at the Charities Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office, where she oversaw major enforcement actions and managed regulatory reviews as Deputy Bureau Chief and Acting Bureau Chief.  She also was a litigator at Dewey Ballantine LLP.  She received a joint J.D./M.P.A. from New York University School of Law and Princeton University and an A.B. from Harvard University.


Marc is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the law firm, Loeb & Loeb, LLP, where he specializes in federal tax issues relating to tax-exempt organizations, including charities and issue advocacy groups.  Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb, he spent 15 years in private practice and 25 years with the US Internal Revenue Service, including serving as Director of the Exempt Organizations Division from 1990 until 2000.  As Director of the Exempt Organizations Division, he was responsible for the design and implementation of federal tax rulings and enforcement programs for charities and other tax-exempt organizations.  He is a member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pemsel Case Foundation, a Canadian foundation focusing on the development of the law of charity.  He is also co-chair of the Subcommittee on Audits and Appeals of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section.  Chambers USA ranked him as a “Top Lawyer” in 2009-2012; he is also named to “Best Lawyers of America” for Nonprofit/Charities Law and Tax Law for 2008-2020.  Thomson Reuters identified him as a “Washington, DC Super Lawyer” in 2012-2018; and The Legal 500 US named him as a “Leading Lawyer” in Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Organizations 2016-2019.


Pamela A. Mann is Chair of the Tax Exempt Organizations Group in the firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, with a practice concentrated in the representation of tax-exempt organization.  She is counsel to numerous public charities and private foundations and advises clients in a wide range of governance, regulatory, tax, and general corporate matters.  From 1996 to December 2012, she was the principal in the Mann Legal Group, LLC, a boutique law practice serving tax-exempt organizations.  From 1985 to 1995, Ms. Mann was Chief of the Charities Bureau in the New York Attorney General’s office, directing scores of important cases and initiatives and influencing the adoption of significant legislative changes affecting tax exempt organizations.  Her diverse background includes clinical teaching at Rutgers University School of Law’s Constitutional Litigation Clinic and the litigation of employment discrimination and other employment related matters at the National Employment Law Project.

Ms. Mann has been recognized in New York Magazine’s Best Lawyers in New York and in Super-Lawyers Magazine in the category of lawyers specializing in Nonprofit/Charities Law.  Ms. Mann was Chair of the Committee on Nonprofit Organizations of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1998-2001 and has served as President and Vice-President of the National Association of State Charities Officials.  She has written many articles for professional and lay publications and is a frequent lecturer on non-profit issues.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  More information about the Tax Exempt Organizations practice at Carter Ledyard & Milburn is available at www.clm.com.