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Nonprofit Organizations


Varnum’s experience has made us trusted advisors for government and tax-exempt organizations. Our clients count on us to provide ongoing counsel on matters from governance and corporate responsibility to the review and amendment of articles of incorporation and bylaws.

Our attorneys work with the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act and provide assistance interpreting requirements for corporate action, including resolutions and voting questions, helping clients prepare for board meetings and helping ensure compliance with organizational documents. We provide advice and assistance with state licensing and reporting requirements for charities as well as soliciting funds in Michigan. We also advise clients on the impact of joint ventures on tax-exempt status and the penalties associated with excess benefit transactions. 

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or Dale Rietberg at 616/336-6587 or

Representative services include:

  • Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Actions by Incorporator(s)
  • Written Consents of Directors
  • Charitable Trust/Charitable Solicitation Questionnaire
  • Charitable Trust Registration
  • Charitable Trust Inventory
  • Application for License to Solicit Charitable Donations
  • Michigan Application for Registration (if necessary)
  • Application for Recognition of Tax Exemption, including IRS Forms 1023, 872-C, 2848, and 8718
  • Application for Employer Identification Number (IRS Form SS-4)

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