NGC's work for nonprofit organizations

From organization to dissolution, lawyers at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper (NGC) provide a broad range of services to nonprofit organizations.

Our work with these organizations consists of providing legal services as well as serving in management and other volunteer positions. Besides formations and dissolutions, NGC lawyers have assisted nonprofit groups with mergers, qualifying for tax exemptions, drafting and revising bylaws, regulatory compliance, contracts, risk management and employment, real estate, intellectual property and other matters.

Following is a partial list of the worthy nonprofit organizations we have served:

  • Case Western Reserve University. NGC's Bruce L. Waterhouse Jr. advises and represents the university in real estate and tax exemption matters.

  • The Cleveland Rowing Foundation, which works to promote rowing in Cleveland and the development of the Rivergate property along the Cuyahoga River. Jim Grove works on the foundation's development committee. Grove also advises the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association (MSRA), which promotes rowing in high schools in the Midwest and sponsors an annual regional championship regatta. He was responsible for helping the MSRA obtain its tax-exempt status and secure a long-term land lease from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for rowing on Dillon Lake near Zanesville.

  • The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, which provides grants in Stark County and other parts of the country for a wide range of community service organizations and environmental organizations and projects. Matthew T. Fitzsimmons is outside general counsel.

  • NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services Inc. (NEON), the nation's second oldest federally qualified community health center. NEON provides primary medical and dental care, principally to Northeast Ohio's medically underserved Medicaid population. Fitzsimmons is a long-time volunteer trustee and current chairman of the NEON board of trustees.

  • Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA), which teaches teens to recognize the symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicide as well as how to get help. Arthur L. (Tim) Clements III has long been involved with SPEA and has served as chairman of the organization. Clements assisted SPEA with its employment handbook, employee benefits, employee discipline and termination and revisions to bylaws.

  • WIRE-Net, a regional economic and workforce development organization. Waterhouse serves on WIRE-Net's board of directors, chairs its governance committee and provides general counsel.

For more information on services we provide to nonprofit organizations, please contact your NGC lawyer at (216) 621-7227.