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Nonprofit Organizations
The Bryan Cave Nonprofits Team delivers the service and legal experience you need to make a difference as a nonprofit organization. We draw upon specialized experience throughout the firm to provide you with legal services customized to serve your mission. Our Experience The combined experience of Bryan Cave lawyers includes: Federal, state and local tax exemptions and planning, including unrelated business income and debt-financed income issues Corporate formations, governance and reorganizations, including formation and operation of for-profit subsidiaries Employment law and employee benefits Volunteer liability Partnerships, joint ventures, commercial co-ventures and strategic alliances Sponsorship and licensing agreements Trademarks, copyrights and patents Finance transactions, including tax-exempt bond and tax credit transactions Data protection, transfer and privacy strategies Real estate acquisitions and environmental compliance International operations, transactions and registrations Publishing activities Charitable solicitation compliance Planned giving First Amendment and religious accommodations Restructuring and bankruptcy Litigation/dispute resolution Insurance and risk management Antitrust counseling Title IX and athlete eligibility matters Anti-doping policies and litigation matters Our Clients Our clients include social service organizations, cultural institutions, educational institutions, churches and religious organizations, corporate and family foundations, sports organizations, healthcare providers, medical research organizations, and trade and industry associations. ABWE Ministries American Soybean Association Anheuser Busch Foundation Azusa Pacific University Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Church of the Nazarene Columbia University Compassion International Emerson Charitable Trust Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Fellowship of Christian Athletes Howard University Missouri Botanical Garden New York University Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Inc. Stowers Institute for Medical Research The Navigators United States Anti-Doping Agency United States Swimming, Inc. University of Colorado USA Volleyball Washington University Wheaton College World Vision X Prize Foundation YMCA of the Rockies Young Life Our Involvement Attorneys on our Nonprofits Team are also active as board members, speakers, writers, members and advisory board members of organizations that promote the tax exempt community. These include: Exempt Organizations Committee, Taxation Section of the American Bar Association American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tax Section Christian Legal Society Christian Leadership Alliance State and local bar associations Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Missio Nexus National Business Institute United Way Taxation of Exempts, published by Warren, Gorham and Lamont
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Religious Organizations
The Bryan Cave Religious Organizations Team provides legal counsel to a wide variety of churches, church denominations, religious educational institutions and other religious organizations. Our interdisciplinary team of attorneys provides responsive and cost-effective assistance tailored to the unique needs and objectives of our religious organization clients. Our Experience We can provide assistance on a wide range of issues, including: Corporate formation, governance and reorganizations Tax exempt status issues and planning Employment law issues and volunteer liability Employee benefits Child protection policies and controversies First Amendment and religious accommodations Trademarks, copyrights, patents and other intellectual property matters, including licensing Mergers and acquisitions Reorganizations and dissolutions; restructuring and bankruptcy Regulatory and reporting issues Partnerships, joint ventures, cooperatives, commercial co-ventures and other strategic alliances International operations, transactions and registrations Debt issues, tax-exempt bond financing and other loan transactions Government funding Fundraising matters Publishing and media activities Litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings Real estate acquisitions, mortgages, leases and environmental compliance Data protection, transfer and privacy strategies Our Clients A partial list of our faith-based clients includes: ABWE Ministries Awana Clubs International Azusa Pacific University Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Christian Leadership Alliance Church of the Nazarene Compassion International Denver Seminary ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Fellowship of Christian Athletes Operation Mobilization Reach Beyond Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Inc. The Christian and Missionary Alliance The Navigators Upward Unlimited Westmont College Wheaton College World Vision YMCA of the Rockies Young Life Youth for Christ Our Involvement Attorneys who work on our Religious Organizations Team are also active as board members, speakers, writers, members and advisory board members of organizations that serve religious organizations. These include: Association of Christian Schools International Christian Camp and Conference Association Christian Legal Society Christian Leadership Alliance Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Christianity Today Church Management Editorial Advisory Board Exempt Organizations Committee and Religious Organizations Subcommittee, Taxation Section of the American Bar Association Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Missio Nexus  
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