► Nonprofits and Charities

Axis serves Non-profits and Charities in a wide variety of legal matters.

We serve nonprofits and charities  in their charitable missions. We can assist your nonprofit with charity-governance matters, the 501(c) tax-exempt process, operations, handling of donations and donor-advised funds, investigations, labor/employment, intellectual property, tax-exempt law, charity law, disputes, controversies, litigation, real estate, and numerous other legal matters.

► Nonprofity and Charity Entities  

Axis can assist your nonprofit/charity with a number of legal issues, regardless of the type of organization you are operating:

  • Charities
  • Religious organizations
  • Social justice groups
  • Animal rescues
  • Educational institutions
  • Foundations
  • Grantmaking organizations
  • Small charities
  • Family charities
  • Single-cause charities

► The Types of Nonprofits We Serve

Having experience and knowledge of the industries of nonprofit law is crucial for providing legal advice.  Nonprofits and charities can consist of different types of entities, whether formed under state or international law:

  • Public benefit corporations
  • Mutual benefit corporations
  • Non-profits
  • Tax-exempt nonprofits
  • Public charities
  • Private foundations
  • Private operating foundations
  • International charities
  • NGOs

► Nonprofits and Charities Practice Areas

We assist nonprofit and charity clients with a wide variety of legal matters, including but not limited to the following:

Non-Profit Formations and Governance

Axis can help your new non-profits form and do business. We assist clients understand the requirements and formalities necessary to remain in good standing with the appropriate governmental agencies. Tasks common to non-profit formations and governance include:

  • Public benefit corporations
  • Nonprofit corporations
  • Mutual benefit corporations
  • Private foundations
  • Private operating foundations
  • Annual Reports
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificates of Incorporation
  • By-Laws
  • Dissolutions
  • Federal EIN
  • Foreign Qualification
  • Franchise Board Information
  • Good Standing Certificates
  • Incorporator’s Statements & Resolutions
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Statements of Information
  • Stock Certificates
  • Tax Informational Sheet
  • Zoning


IRS and Tax-Exempt Applications

We assist charities with tax-exempt applications, IRS inquiries, and general tax-exempt advice and counsel.

  • Form 1023 Applications
  • IRS inquiries
  • California tax-exempt applications
  • Tax-exempt law
  • State/county tax-exempt applications and registrations

Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists nonprofits and charities with a wide variety of legal matters, and this can include intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • End-User Agreement
  • Endorsement Deals
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Merchandising
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Records Retention Policies
  • Software Licensing Agreements
  • Sweepstakes & Contests
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Website Terms & Conditions

Labor & Employment

Axis assists clients with numerous labor law, wage/hour, HR, and employee/employment legal matters, specifically including hiring/firing matters, employee and independent contractor agreements, and compliance with wage ordinances, and local rules:

  • Labor Law Compliance
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
  • Consultant Agreements
  • Discipline Policies
  • Employment Agreements
  • Executive Employee Agreements
  • Employee Disputes
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Employee IP Assignment
  • Employee Stock Options
  • Employee Separate/Release Agreements
  • Employee Wage/Hour Informational Sheet
  • FMLA Leaves
  • HR Policies
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Non-Compete / Non-Solicit Agreements
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Rep Agreements
  • Terms of Use Policies

Contracts and Transactions

Axis can also assist your nonprofits or charity with a wide variety of business agreements and transactions with business partners, including but not limited to the following:

  • Advertising agreements
  • Agent Agreements
  • App development Agreemeents
  • Consulting agreements
  • Contractor agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Marketing Agreements
  • OEM Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Professional Services Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Purchase Order Agreements
  • Supply Agreements
  • U.S. Distribution Agreements
  • Website development Agreements
  • Numerous others


Real Estate

Axis regularly assists business clients with real estate matters, including the purchase on sale of real estate, commercial leases, subleasing, landlord relations, property/casualty claims, and similar matters.

  • Commercial leasing
  • NNN Leases
  • Commercial subleases
  • Landlord relations
  • Landlord-commercial tenant matters
  • Commercial lease litigation
  • Property/casualty claims
  • Environmental liability
  • Security liability

Read our Non-Profit FAQs

Our FAQs answer the most common issues
faced by charities and non-profits.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from nonprofits, as well as FAQs on recent changes in law affecting nonprofits and charities.

Visit our Entire FAQ Library

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► Our Latest Charitable Giving Projects

Did you know that our clients’ legal dollars are hard at work giving back to the community? Axis is a significant donor and supporter of a multitude of charitable giving projects in the Los Angeles, California community as well as nationwide, donating a portion of legal fees to a variety of underserved needs and causes. Check out at our latest charitable giving projects below, and know that in supporting Axis, you are helping us improve hundreds of lives.