The Colorado Nonprofit Pro Bono Legal Group (PBLG) is an initiative of the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Colorado Lawyers Committee to effectively match nonprofit organizations in need of legal assistance with volunteer lawyers who can help.
Before You Start
Three important requirements:
- Organizations must attain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status prior to requesting pro bono legal services.
- Organizations must be located in Colorado
- Organization must have an operating budget roughly $500,000 or less.
Volunteer lawyers can assist in many areas including:
- Governance and Management
Liability / Risk Management; Corporate Policies; Strategic or Operational Planning; Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; Advocacy; Mergers; Dissolution
- Transparency and Accountability
Public Disclosure; Tax; Regulatory Compliance; Form 990 Compliance; Policies; Multi-jurisdiction, State and Local Tax Exemptions
Charitable Contributions; Planned Giving/Estate Planning; Donor Restrictions; Licensing
- Human Resources
Employment Law; Personnel Policies; Unemployment
Strategic Partnerships; Real Estate; Service Agreements; Fiscal Sponsorship
Not sure if you need legal assistance? Ask the Help Desk!
How often can I request pro bono legal services?
Colorado Nonprofit Association members (nonprofit members only) may submit unlimited requests for assistance.
Nonmembers are welcome to use the program once per calendar year. Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Submitting a request through the Pro Bono Legal Group does not guarantee legal counsel for your organization. We encourage you to maintain your own efforts to secure needed assistance. Acceptance of each request is dependent upon the professional and personal criteria of the individual attorneys who volunteer their time and expertise.
Pro Bono Legal Group assistance is NOT available for:
- Suing nonprofit organizations or individuals: This program is meant to strengthen nonprofit organizations and most civil suits fall outside the boundaries of this program
- Nonprofit startup: For resources regarding starting a nonprofit, please visit our Start-Up & Nonprofit Basics FAQs.
Submit your 501(c)(3) Nonprofit’s Request
Simply fill in and submit the request here. If you do not receive a confirmation email after you submit your request, or are having trouble viewing and subRmitting the electronic version, please contact Melanie Tsuchida at mtsuchida@ColoradoNonprofits.org or (303) 832-5710 ext. 217 for assistance.
Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic
The Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic is an initiative of Colorado Nonprofit Association, Community Resource Center, Colorado Lawyers Committee, Association of Corporate Counsel, Holland & Hart LLP, and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. The purpose of the FREE clinic is to assist small nonprofits in assessing their legal health. Representatives of nonprofits will have the opportunity to meet with legal counsel to review a legal audit checklist.
Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic – Summer
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Holland & Hart LLP, 555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202
Lunch will be provided. Up to two representatives per organization.
If interested in participating, please complete our online eligibility form.
Initial Eligibility Form completed no later than June 1, 2016
Upon determination of your eligibility, your organization will be sent an intake form requesting additional information & materials.
Intake Form & Materials submitted by June 3, 2016
For questions, please contact Melanie Tsuchida, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Emily Treece, email@example.com.