Non-Profit Organizations

Our Legal Team


Tom Ruge
Director
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Thomas H. Ristine
Director
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Phil "Skip" Kappes
Director
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David Gray
Director
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Bette Dodd
Director
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Kathryn Kunz

Kathryn Kunz
Director
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Indianapolis Nonprofit Organizations Lawyers

Lewis & Kappes provides complete and comprehensive legal services to non-profit organizations and boards of directors as well as to individuals, families, corporations and institutions involved with charitable organizations and giving. Our non-profit attorneys advise and assist nonprofit organizations on a broad range of general matters including:

  • Business planning: business formation, partnerships, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and general business contract negotiation
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Tax planning and filings, unrelated business income tax, excise tax, charitable deductions, and communications with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Representation during business litigation
  • Charitable gaming regulations and filings
  • Securities and municipal bonds
  • Labor, employment, and volunteer labor issues
  • Charitable giving plans

Lewis & Kappes recognizes the importance of effective board participation and offers non-profit clients the unique service of comprehensive board training which covers areas specific to each organization's needs and charitable purposes and also includes training in the areas of:

  • Federal and state nonprofit regulations
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements for tax exempt status
  • Corporate compliance
  • Director and officer liability
  • Avoiding intermediate sanctions for private inurement and private benefit
  • Handling conflicts of interest
  • Protecting tax-exempt status
  • Ethics

Lewis & Kappes attorneys represent a wide variety of not-for-profit clients including museums, health care facilities, churches, fraternal organizations, and public charities. Some of our clients include:

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • The Madame Walker Urban Life Center
  • Faculty for Higher Education
  • Indiana Industrial Energy Consumers Inc.
  • American Cabaret Theatre
  • Central Indiana Neighborhood Health Centers
  • Indiana Health Centers
  • Shalom Health Care Center
  • Club Atolinga

Members of the Lewis & Kappes not-for-profit team have served non-profit organizations in various capacities including service as in-house general counsel, counsel to the board of directors, executive officers, governing board members, and trustees. Some of the organizations served by Lewis & Kappes attorneys include:

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Indianapolis Committee of Foreign Relations
  • American Cabaret Theatre
  • Indiana Arts Commission
  • IUPUI School of Liberal Arts
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Forum of International Professional Services

If we can provide you or your organization with additional information or assistance please contact us . Our Indianapolis non-profit organizations lawyers serve organization with interests in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, as well as Bloomington, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Gary, and Evansville.