Our Nonprofit practice group provides full service support to nonprofit organizations doing business in Washington State and to charitable donors and philanthropists. Our lawyers assist charitable organizations with planning, programming, governance, employment, facilities, tax, and program-related project finance. We assist individuals in developing tax- advantaged charitable giving plans. Many of our lawyers also serve as board members and officers of prominent nonprofit organizations. The Group is supported by the Firm’s trusts and estates, corporate, tax, real estate, employment and intellectual property practice groups and provides counseling, transactional, and dispute resolution services in an efficient and practical manner.


Our attorneys are experienced in providing the following services:

Formation and Organization
We form and qualify IRC § 501(c) organizations.

Tax, Corporate and Finance
We advise exempt organizations on issues relating to their tax status. We assist with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, bond financings, mortgage financing, bridge loans and issues related to for-profit and nonprofit subsidiaries.

We assist boards of directors in the development, refinement and updating of corporate documents and the formulation and implementation of best practices policies. The documents below are samples for general information and background purposes. They are not intended to provide legal advice. Please consult legal counsel before adapting a document for your use and the particular facts and circumstances of your organization. If you wish to consult with a lawyer at Riddell Williams regarding this document or for related advice, please contact Pamela Grinter.

  • Nonprofit Compensation Process Policy (PDF)
  • Nonprofit Conflict of Interest Policy (PDF)
  • Nonprofit Conflict of Interest Policy (Long Form) (PDF)
  • Nonprofit Document Retention Policy (PDF)
  • Nonprofit Document Retention Policy (Long Form) (PDF)
  • Nonprofit Joint Venture Investment Policy (PDF)
  • Nonprofit Whistleblower Policy (PDF)


We assist in the leasing, planning, design, construction and operation of headquarters buildings and program facilities, including libraries, theaters, community centers, sports facilities, and light industrial buildings.

We assist organizations by designing and reviewing employee handbooks and policies, conducting management training, and advising on compliance with labor and employment laws. We help negotiate and prepare executive employment agreements and advise on the administration of retirement, health, deferred compensation and other employee benefit plans.

Intellectual Property
We draft and negotiate agreements that cover the transfer and licensing of copyrights and publicity rights, assist with brand and marketing strategies, negotiate and draft nondisclosure agreements, and prepare policies and agreements for websites and Internet commerce.

Our donor-related charitable planning activities range from structuring tax-advantaged gifts to establishing family foundations, charitable trusts (including both charitable remainder and charitable lead trusts) and donor-advised funds and supporting organizations.


Nonprofit corporations and foundations with whom we have worked include:

  • A Contemporary Theatre
  • Alpine Lakes Protection Society
  • ArtsFund
  • Bainbridge Island Children’s Museum (KiDiMu)
  • Bainbridge Island Land Trust
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Furrytale Farm
  • Horizon House
  • Health Workforce Institute
  • Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
  • Museum of Flight
  • Multicare Health System
  • New Beginnings
  • North Cascades Conservation Council
  • Northwest Center
  • Northwest Kidney Center
  • Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center
  • Perinatal Treatment Services
  • Pioneer Human Services
  • Presbyteries of Seattle and Greater Puget Sound
  • Provail (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of King and Snohomish County)
  • Puget Sound Big Sisters
  • Seattle Aquarium Society
  • Seattle Arts and Lectures
  • Seattle Chinese Garden Society
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • The Bullitt Foundation
  • Tudor Foundation
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Washington Center for Nursing
  • Washington Dental Service
  • Washington Dental Service Foundation
  • Washington Global Health Fund
  • Washington Health Foundation
  • Washington State Hospital Association
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Youth in Focus and Youth Care


Civic, Pro Bono and Support Activities
Our attorneys provide leadership as officers, directors and counselors to many civic organizations. We provide pro bono legal services to dozens of individuals and to more than 50 organizations. Our attorneys provide board service and volunteer support to over 100 community organizations and the firm provides financial support to 50 charities. A summary of the Firm’s civic, pro bono and community activities is set forth in Riddell Williams annual Committed to Enriching Our Community report.