New Volunteer Opportunity: GRBF Nonprofit General Counsel Program

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (“GRBF”) has been connecting non-profit organizations (“NPOs) with pro bono legal resources in the greater Richmond area through the Pro Bono Clearinghouse since 2001. The need is great among NPOs for legal assistance and guidance, but NPO resources are scarce and more appropriately allocated to the charitable mission of the NPO.

To help address this issue, the GRBF is starting the General Counsel Program to provide another resource to the amazing NPOs in the greater Richmond area. The GRBF is looking for volunteer lawyers who are willing to participate in our inaugural 2018 Non-Profit General Counsel Program Class. Participation in the program requires a one-year commitment, during which you will be matched with a specific NPO that has been chosen through an application process administered by the GRBF in partnership with The Community Foundation. Volunteers will serve as advisors to the NPO with which they are matched.  They will serve as a sounding board for the executive director and the board of directors to help spot legal issues and identify legal needs for the NPO. The Volunteer will not be a member of the NPO’s board of directors and will not be expected to provide legal counsel to the NPO; rather, the Volunteer will leverage the resources of the GRBF, particularly the Pro Bono Clearinghouse, and the members of the private bar in and around Richmond to provide recommendations and referrals to the NPO for any legal issues he or she identifies. Finally, the entire class of Volunteers will meet regularly with each other to share experiences, collaborate on common issues faced by the NPOs and to participate in training programs.

Trainings in five areas of NPO law will occur this Fall (see training schedule & presenters below) to help prepare the Volunteers to spot potential issues. These trainings will be recorded, but attendance is encouraged.  The General Counsel Program volunteer position will begin in January 2018, at which time the volunteer will meet with the NPO to set up initial meeting.

If you are interested in being considered for the inaugural 2018 Non-Profit General Counsel Program Class, please complete the volunteer interest survey found here.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any question.

Mike Goldman
General Counsel Program Chair

Ali Fannon
GRBF Executive Director

General Counsel Program Training Schedule

Date Time  Location Topic Presenter(s)
9/13 9:00-11:00 a.m. Hunton & Williams Corporate Governance Mike Goldman, Bill Gray & Phyllis Katz
9/27 9:00-11:00 a.m. Troutman Sanders Fundraising & Solicitations Phyllis Katz & Bill Gray
10/11 9:00-11:00 a.m. Hunton & Williams Labor & Employment Sam Otero & David Constine
10/25 3:00-5:30 p.m. McGuireWoods Tax & Regulatory Bill Gray
11/8 9:00-11:00 a.m. Hunton & Williams Commercial Activities Chris Malone & Zac Cohen


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