The Legal Guide to Nonprofit Mergers and Joint Ventures, first published by the American Society of Association Executives in 2011 and updated by Pillsbury in 2020, provides timely legal guidance on combinations between nonprofit entities. For information on obtaining a copy, please click here.

The author, Jerald Jacobs, is a partner at Pillsbury in Washington, DC and leads the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations Practice. He is often called the “Dean” of nonprofit lawyers. Jacobs has authored or co-authored several other books on nonprofit organization law including Association Law Handbook: A Practical Guide for Associations, Societies and Charities (Sixth Edition), the Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (Third Edition), and Legal Duties for Directors: An Association Board Member’s Guide to Avoiding Risk While Advancing the Mission.

“The recently updated Legal Guide to Nonprofit Mergers and Joint Ventures provides invaluable concrete principles, strategies and checklists for those groups considering a combination,” Jacobs said. “That’s especially important today as nonprofits consider options to manage changed circumstances from this challenging pandemic.”

Pillsbury is one of the only AmLaw 100 law firms with an exclusively dedicated nonprofit organizations team. The firm’s Nonprofits Organizations Practice has represented nonprofit organizations for decades in virtually every state, providing guidance on governance and complex transactional matters, handling investigations and litigation, and leading game-changing legislative campaigns. Pillsbury represents a Who’s Who list of brand name nonprofit organizations and is the go-to firm for bet-the-organization matters such as mergers, joint ventures, reorganizations, government inquiries, dispute resolution and public policy.

Honored by the American Bar Association, the American Society of Association Executives, ChambersUSA and Best Lawyers, Pillsbury’s core nonprofit team has advised on nearly 100 mergers or combinations of national nonprofit organizations, including one of the largest nonprofit merger transactions ever, which resulted in a 600,000-member global organization with a budget exceeding $500 million. The practice recently closed a nonprofit a merger of the two largest trade associations in the automobile manufacturing industry to form the new Alliance for Automotive Innovation. Many combinations of nonprofits handled by Pillsbury are of small groups seeking greater public advocacy clout, expanded membership reach, or administrative efficiency, i.e., to be better together.