Help for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program


Nonprofit organizations make an important contribution to the District of Columbia. They provide vital services for those in need, including food, shelter, medical care, substance abuse treatment, and social services for the vulnerable population. Nonprofit organizations offer a helping hand by providing early childhood education, charter schools, continuing education, and job training. They assist families through home ownership programs and provide training and other support for small-business owners. Performing arts groups, youth centers, and environmental organizations contribute to the quality of life in the District. Finally, nonprofit organizations are a substantial part of the District's economy, providing employment and other economic benefits to those living in the District.

In 1999, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center launched the Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program to provide legal assistance to the District's community-based nonprofit organizations. 

The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program provides the following services:

  • Nonprofit Matches with Law Firms. The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program matches community-based nonprofits with pro bono legal counsel that assist in areas such as employment law, real estate, corporate governance, contract review, intellectual property, and obtaining tax-exempt status.

  • Nonprofit Legal Clinics. The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program offers brief advice legal clinics where nonprofits can meet one-on-one with attorneys on topics such as good governance and intellectual property. The events calendar is updated as these clinics are announced.

  • Nonprofit Trainings. The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program conducts in-person and webinar training sessions with government agencies and law firms to educate nonprofits on important legal issues such as board governance, employment law, nonprofit regulation, and other legal issues. The events calendar is updated as these sessions are announced.

  • Nonprofit Legal Resources. The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program offers free guides, alerts on law changes, a trainings archive and other useful legal information on our online resource center, through the LawHelp website. 

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