Pacifica’s commitment to the community is reflected in its broad base of nonprofit clients.

Pacifica attorneys provide nonprofit organizations, particularly 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) entities, with a full range of legal services. We understand that nonprofits must balance several factors as they strive to meet their mission, including funding needs, compliance with applicable state and federal law, community relations, governance dynamics, and issue advocacy.

Our significant experience provides nonprofits with high-quality legal services in a cost-effective manner. We help nonprofits of every size with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Incorporation
  • Drafting foundational documents
  • Compliance with federal and state non-profit laws
  • Seeking IRS tax-exempt determination letters
  • Board training
  • Strategic planning
  • Public policy development
  • Lobbying limit guidance
  • Real estate transactions
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Ongoing IRS and tax compliance
  • Mergers and dissolutions
  • Gift, grant, and scholarship programs
  • Tax advice in connection with revenue generation activities
  • Dispute resolution (including representation in litigation and appeals) 

Representative Clients

We serve as legal counsel for many of the Northwest’s leading nonprofits, including:

  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
  • Woodland Park Zoological Society
  • Frye Art Museum
  • Seattle Opera
  • Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Community Center for Education Results
  • Abu Bakr Islamic Center
  • United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
  • Seattle Parks Foundation