Since our founding over a century ago, leading nonprofit organizations throughout the nation have sought our counsel. As is often the case at Hemenway & Barnes, many of our relationships begin by helping with an initial issue and evolve into close, trusted, long-term relationships. Our clients vary widely in size and complexity, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Cultural and performing arts centers
  • Hospitals and healthcare plans
  • Private foundations and grant-making organizations
  • Publicly supported entities with a broad range of purposes and operations
  • Religious organizations
  • Trustees of charitable trusts

In addition, many of Hemenway & Barnes' professionals serve as directors and trustees of a large number of charitable organizations. This gives us valuable insight and deep understanding of the issues faced by our nonprofit clients. We often stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients in the understanding of the nonprofit world.

How can we help you?

Nonprofit Representation
From corporate governance to tax planning, we provide a full range of services to private foundations and public charities.
Philanthropic Advisory
We offer a full range of philanthropic advisory and grant-making services to private foundations, trusts, individuals, families, and other entities.
Government & Election Law
From government entities and candidates to businesses and nonprofits, we help clients navigate the intersection of law, public policy and government action.
Real Estate Law
We partner with our clients to meet the varied real estate needs of start-up developers and large corporations, lenders, nonprofits, and families.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
From high-stakes business litigation to probate and land use and real estate litigation, we help clients resolve difficult disputes.
Wealth Management
We help individuals and families enhance and protect their wealth by building enduring relationships rooted in high-quality, practical, and distinctly personal service.

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Attorney General Issues Guidance on Access to Endowment Funds

The Charities Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office issued new guidance regarding nonprofit endowments and options for struggling organizations to access their endowment funds.

News & Resources

Harvard Business School Association of Boston “2023 Nonprofit Board Summit”
Hemenway & Barnes is pleased to sponsor the Harvard Business School Association of Boston “2023 Nonprofit Board Summit” on April 11, 2023.
Brad Bedingfield to Co-Present on “Adventures in Winding Up Charitable Entities – Don’t Fool Around with the Shutting It Down” at the 2023 ACTEC Annual Meeting
Brad Bedingfield will co-present at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) 2023 Annual Meeting.
Brad Bedingfield to Present at Larry Kraus Family Office Tax Institute February Meeting
Brad Bedingfield, chair of the Nonprofit Group at Hemenway & Barnes, will present alongside Foundation Source’s Chief Legal Officer Jeffery Haskell, and tax services expert Amanda Adams in a discussion about what to consider during a private foundation split. This webinar is presented by the Larry Kraus Tax Institute for Family Offices.
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