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Nonprofit Joint Ventures - Partnering with For-Profit Organizations


Identify and understand the underlying tax principles involved with joint ventures and for-profit subsidiaries.

In a post-COVID time of inflation and economic uncertainty of economic upheaval, nonprofits everywhere are struggling for new sources of funding and expense sharing as need for their services grows exponentially. Simultaneously, the nonprofit sector has seen an influx of social enterprises - businesses designed not just to make a profit, but to further social goals. Given these two trends, more and more nonprofits find themselves considering for-profit activities such as joint ventures in order to address their funding needs and the growing needs of the constituencies they serve. This topic will cover the basic tax issues for organizations contemplating entering for-profit/nonprofit joint ventures, including IRS pronouncements and court cases to date It will also address and some drafting tips and practical issues that may arise in forming a joint venture. This presentation will help attorneys, nonprofit administrative personnel, and nonprofit financial advisors understand the parameters that govern joint ventures as they consider entering into new revenue arrangements.



Elaine Waterhouse Wilson

Elaine Waterhouse Wilson

  • Professor of Law and prior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Teaches federal income taxation, taxation of business entities, estate and gift taxation and estate planning, nonprofit organizations, contracts, and other areas of transactional law
  • Previously a partner in private practice in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group of the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP, 2007 to 2011; an associate and then partner in the Estate Planning Group of the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 1996 to 2007; and an associate in the Individual Client Practice of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City, 1993 to 1996
  • Prior Chair, Charitable Group of the American Bar Association’s Section on Real Property, Trusts, and Estates; Past Chair of the ABA Charitable Organizations Group
  • WVU College of Law’s 2014 Professor of the Year; 2015 WVU Foundation Professor of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 to present, nonprofit/charities law
  • Named as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Chicago Lawyer magazine and The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2009
  • Received the 2006 Pro Bono Publico Award, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law; B.A. degree, magna cum laude, Boston University College of Liberal Arts
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-293-7802

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