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.

We apologize, but we are currently not accepting applications for the Nonprofit Legal Assistance Project. If you would like referrals to other legal services, please contact the Helpline at Also be sure to check out our FAQ section. Thank you!