Law Office of Susan F. Zinder, PLLC

Law Office of Susan F. Zinder PLLC

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Relevant Practice Areas — Not-For-Profit

Governance:

  • Advised governing board members on their oversight responsibilities under federal and New York law
  • Modernized outdated not-for-profit corporate structure through the amendment and restatement of corporate bylaws and other board level corporate policies and procedures (including, among others, those associated with fundraising) in order to to promote and facilitate the board’s operations and oversight, enhance the organization’s compliance with federal and state legal expectations for not-for-profit boards and institutions, and advance its ability to meet applicable accrediting standards
  • Prepared reports to governing boards regarding strategic and other matters to ensure operations consistent with corporate purpose and mission
  • Formed not-for-profit entities, and applied for federal and state tax exemption for newly formed entities
  • Advised governing board on information technology oversight, including activities to achieve meaningful use

Regulatory Affairs:

  • Formed and revived various not-for-profit entities
  • Prepared 1023 applications for tax exemption and reviewed 990 forms for compliance with Internal Revenue regulations, as well as oversaw annual filings with New York State Charities Bureau
  • Revised board processes to ensure routine oversight of corporate compliance and performance improvement activities
  • Implemented enhanced board level and institutional conflicts of interest policies
  • Prepared, revised and educated upon institutional codes of conduct

Crisis Response:

  • Guided governing board through independent institutional investigations resulting from allegations raised by former senior managers
  • Successfully developed and oversaw institutional responses to governmental citations
  • Drafted and implemented corporate compliance program, as well as specific policies and procedures

Operations:

  • Redesigned governing board communication, agenda meeting and recordkeeping processes in order to to promote and facilitate the board’s operations and oversight, enhance the organization’s compliance with federal and state legal expectations for not-for-profit boards and institutions, and advance its ability to meet applicable accrediting standards
  • Prepared board minutes and corporate resolutions to enable appropriate, compliant and effective governance oversight of complex and simple not-for-profit activities
 

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