The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Project (NLAP) is a collaboration between the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) and the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono Committee (YLSPBC). The NLAP matches volunteer attorneys with small and emerging nonprofits to provide pro bono legal assistance for basic legal services.

The NLAP is a great opportunity for nonprofits to get basic legal assistance around:

  • Nonprofit start up and maintenance—bylaws, IRS 501(c)(3) applications, or articles of incorporation
  • Document review—contracts, memorandum of understanding, or fiscal sponsor agreements
  • Nonprofit compliance—employment, dissolution, and tax issues

Nonprofits are accepted upon the following criteria:

  • Must be incorporated as a nonprofit in Oregon; letter of incorporation is required
  • Must meet IRS criteria for 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofits; criteria can be found on IRS website
  • Annual gross receipts should not exceed $500,000

NAO and YLSPBC will do their best to match nonprofits with attorneys. However, there is no guarantee that an application will be accepted and unless and until a project lawyer accepts representation, neither NAO nor YLSPBC can provide legal representation or take any action on behalf of the applicant. Applicants should seek other legal counsel during the pendency of their application. NAO and the Committee will do their best to match your nonprofit with an attorney. As this is a volunteer based pro bono project, matches can take several weeks. Other resources may be available through the Nonprofit Helpline or referrals to other services.

Download the application here.

For more information, please contact the Helpline by calling 503-233-9240 or 888-206-3076 (toll-free) or emailing helpline@nonprofitoregon.org.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Legal Assistance Project, organizations must:

  • Be located and registered in Oregon
  • Have a budget of under $300,000
  • Be a community-based nonprofit serving a broad public interest
  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status

The Legal Assistance Project can help with:

  • Employment issues (personnel policies, human resources, contracts)
  • Real estate (leases, property taxes)
  • Business contracts and transactions
  • Organization structures (partners, mergers)
  • Intellectual property (trademark, copyright, technology licenses)
  • Review of bylaws and articles
  • Taxation (advice regarding state and local taxes and exemption status)
  • Advice regarding potential fraud or extortion
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Board liability issues

The Legal Assistance Project does not help groups prepare or file tax-exempt status documents. For more information about becoming a nonprofit, including guidelines and steps, visit our Helpline Online and read the frequently asked questions on tax-exempt status.

Download Your Application

Legal Assistance Project Application