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Nonprofits and Charities

Nonprofits and Charities

Axis provides full-service representation of Non-profits and Charities in a wide variety of legal matters.

We represent nonprofits and charities in 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.

► Who We Represent 

Axis represents a wide variety of different nonprofits and charities spanning multiple causes and types:

  • 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 client businesses is crucial for providing legal advice. Our clients come from a range of industries spanning multiple fields and areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • 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 represents new non-profits form and do business in California. We assist clients maintain the corporate health of their businesses by adhering to the requirements and formalities necessary to remain in good standing with the appropriate governmental agencies.

  • 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 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 nonprofits and charities 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 established by Los Angeles and other California counties:

  • California Labor Law Compliance
  • California 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 assists nonprofits and charity clients 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 assists nonprofit and charity clients with real estate matters, including 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


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