When nonprofit organizations face legal issues, they may not know where to find the best legal counsel for the unique needs of nonprofit law, and that’s where Legal for Good comes in. Founded in 2010 by University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law graduate Jennifer Urban, Legal for Good helps nonprofits of all kinds address challenges and embrace new opportunities.
“We get it. We understand nonprofit organizations and the realities of the business world that nonprofits coexist in. Legal for Good is founded on core values that come from our deep commitment to the nonprofit sector, its leaders, advocates and government stakeholders. This is what we believe in, what we stand for and how we approach everything we do,” says Urban.
Urban honed her nonprofit business acumen while serving as executive director of a Minnesota nonprofit with business operations in three states. She is active in the Minnesota and Ohio legal communities, enjoys teaching and speaking at legal education seminars, is an adjunct professor leading the nonprofit law clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and is a member of numerous local legal organizations.
“We understand that many start-up charities and foundations just don’t have the cash for expensive legal fees. That’s why we offer a number of cost-effective options. Monthly payment options are available so [organizations] can budget effectively, while at the same time, receive the input needed for success,” says Urban.
Legal for Good works with all kinds of nonprofits, including schools, civic and community groups, youth sports leagues, churches and religious institutions, foundations, veterans’ groups, and arts and cultural organizations. They also work with individual donors and for-profit corporate donors.
“We provide services on practical day-to-day operations, business structure, tax, contracts, employment, quasi-criminal and intellectual property issues as they relate to nonprofits. Our model is ‘education first.' We strive to educate our clients and the community about best practices … and what next steps are best suited to produce desired outcomes. We strive to create an environment in which nonprofit leaders feel heard, respected and supported,” says Urban.