Governance & Legal Trends and Best Practices: A Review for Funders

  • Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


Registration is closed
This one-hour webinar will offer a high-level overview of recent trends and best practices for foundation governance. Attorneys from the Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations group of Dentons, the world’s largest global law firm, will present practical tips for governance and legal compliance, focused on small to mid-size foundations. Drawing from both national trends in the industry and the impact of the pandemic and social change, topics will include:

(1)    considerations for revising bylaws and conflict of interest policies;
(2)    foundation political activity, including lobbying and advocacy;
(3)    issues to consider when funding a project with a fiscal sponsor; and
(4)    updating grant agreements.

Our speakers will hold time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. As part of the registration process, attendees may also submit questions or topic area suggestions for our speakers to address if time allows.

Jeffrey Fromknecht
Counsel, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby 

Jeffrey Fromknecht is Counsel in Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Pittsburgh office and a member of the Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organization Practice Group. He holds graduate degrees in both social work and law and has over 20 years of experience working at nonprofit organizations in a variety of direct-service and administrative roles. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, where his concentration was on community organizing, nonprofit administration, and disability studies. Jeff has served Outside General Counsel to a variety of nonprofit and tax-exempt organization assisting clients understand and navigate the corporate, tax and compliance legal issues impacting tax-exempt organizations and their work.

Hayley Haldeman
Counsel, Dentons, Cohen & Grigsby

Hayley serves as Counsel in the Firm’s Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. She is an attorney and nonprofit leader with a decade of hands-on experience in nonprofit governance, law, and strategy.

From 2019 through 2022, Hayley served as interim, then permanent, Executive Director of the Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum in Pittsburgh, PA. During her tenure, she steered the organization through institutional transition and the COVID-19 pandemic, erased a significant projected deficit and grew the organization’s endowment, and established and strengthened partnerships with community stakeholders. Through this role, Hayley has strong first-hand experience managing the unique challenges that nonprofit boards and leaders face. 

Prior to her role at the Mattress Factory, she was a litigator for seven years in the Pittsburgh office of a large international law firm. Her pro bono practice focused on nonprofit formation and governance, and she counseled various regional nonprofit organizations on a variety of issues.

This program is free and open to all FPN Members. Click HERE to register!

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