Alexander C. Campbell

Nonprofit & Foundation Practice Group Leader

  • Areas of Practice

    • Nonprofit & Foundation
    • Business
    • Taxation

Whether I’m helping start a new nonprofit organization, guiding an existing nonprofit through a time of transition, or helping individuals, families, and corporations achieve their philanthropic goals, my job as a business attorney is to triage issues, formulate solutions, and provide strategic advice.  My practice is focused on supporting and representing tax exempt organizations including startups, established social service agencies, and century-old family and community foundations.  I also have a strong focus on cultivating and developing social enterprise, representing entrepreneurs and for-profit businesses who strive to improve the communities in which they live and work.


Because I am keenly aware of the complex realities of operating and working with tax exempt organizations, I help my clients understand and navigate the many different bodies of law which govern their actions and guide them on decisions that are subject to scrutiny from several angles.   I not only help clients resolve compliance issues and adhere to reporting obligations, but my clients know they can turn to me for counsel on any number of other legal and practical concerns.


I know each of my clients is mindful of every dollar that goes out the door, so I strive to provide services that are focused, strategic, and efficient.   With my help, my clients can focus on what matters to them most: advancing their mission and serving the community.


  • Experience
      • Advises tax exempt organizations on issues of corporate formation, governance, and risk management.
      • Devises and implements innovative fundraising campaigns and strategic collaborations spanning the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Develops donor advised fund, fiscal sponsorship, and corporate sponsorship programs and monitor ongoing compliance.
      • Counsels financially distressed entities on turnaround management strategies, restructuring, and dissolution.
      • Advises clients in tax matters including identification of and application for available exemptions and credits. Provide counsel on federal reporting and accounting issues and advise clients on tax implications of various corporate activities.
      • Represents entities in domestic and international charitable solicitation and registration matters.
      • Served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Susie Morgan for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2012-2013)
      • Served as a Minute Clerk to the Honorable Madeleine Landrieu for the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans (2011)
      • Served as Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ruben Castillo for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2010)
  • Education & Admissions
      • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL (J.D., cum laude, 2011)
      • Miami University, Oxford, OH (B.S., 2008)
    • Admissions
      • Illinois Bar (2011)
      • Ohio Bar (2016)
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2019-2020), as voted by his peers
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Partner in Justice: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
      • Member: Shaker Heights Development Corporation, Fund Development Committee
      • Volunteer Attorney: BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
      • Member: Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network
    • Associations
      • Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
        • Activities: Reach Out: Legal Assistance for Nonprofits (Oversight Committee Member, 2016 - Present); Young Lawyers Section; Business, Banking & Corporate Counsel Section; Justice for All Committee
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
        • Activities: Corporation Law Committee; Nonprofit Corporations Subcommittee
      • Member: Chicago Bar Association
        • Activities: Federal Taxation - Exempt Organizations Division Section
      • Member: Illinois State Bar Association
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>Guest Lecturer, “Tax and Regulatory Policy”, Strategic Issues in Nonprofit Management, Case Western Reserve University Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program, Cleveland, OH (forthcoming June 2018)</li> <li>Panelist, “Coffee and Conversation: The New Tax Law and its Impact on Nonprofits and Philanthropy”, Foundation Center, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Make Your Own Rain: Fundraising and Crowdfunding for Nonprofits”, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Donor Advised Funds and their Effect on Planned Giving and Family Philanthropy”, Northern Ohio Charitable Gift Planners, Cleveland, OH (March 2018)</li> <li>Presenter and Panelist, “Breaking the New Tax Code”, Breakfast with Buckingham event sponsored by Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs, LLC, Cleveland, OH (February 2018)</li> <li>Presenter, “Risk Management and HR Basics”, GAR Foundation, Akron, OH (February 2018)</li> <li>Professor for a Day, “Charitable Giving”, Taxation for Financial Planners, University of Akron College of Business Administration, Akron, OH (November 2017)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Risk(y) Business: Nonprofit Risk Management 101”, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, OH (October 2017)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Tax Aspects of Planned Giving and Donor Advised Funds”, University of Akron National Tax Conference, Akron, OH (September 2017)</li> <li>Presenter, “Staying Out of Trouble Soliciting Charitable Contributions”, Ohio Society of CPAs Not-for-Profit Conference, Cleveland, OH (June 2017)</li> <li>Presenter and Panelist, “The Role of the Board”, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Akron, OH (September 2016, November 2016, December 2016, May 2017, June 2017, December 2017 and June 2018)</li> <li>Presenter, “Working with Fiscal Sponsors: Pros, Cons, and Realities”, Northeast Ohio Faith-Based Collaborative, Cleveland, OH (May 2017)</li> <li>Panelist, “Is Starting a Nonprofit Right For You?”, Foundation Center, Cleveland, OH (November 2016)</li> <li>Presenter and Panelist, “Introduction to Nonprofit Board Service”, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Cleveland, OH (November 2016)</li> <li>Presenter, “Nonprofit Governance”, Leading the Nonprofit Seminar sponsored by Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs, LLC and Cohen &amp; Company, Cleveland, OH (October 2016)</li> <li>Presenter and Panelist, “The Role of the Board”, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Cleveland, OH (Sept. 2016)</li> <li>Presenter, “Crowdfunding: What Churches and Religious Nonprofits Need to Know,” Webinar Sponsored by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Winchester, VA (January 2016)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Exempt Organizations and Multi-Entity Corporate Structures,” Chicago Bar Association Exempt Organizations Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (December 2015)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Crowdfunding Campaigns,” Illinois CPA Society Not-for-Profit Conf., Rosemont, IL (November 2015)</li> <li>Presenter, “Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: Legal, Tax, and Practical Considerations,” and Panel Participant, “Social Media for Nonprofits,” Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Chicago Meeting (May 2015)</li> <li>Presenter, “Make Crowdfunding Work for You: Crafting a Legally Compliant Campaign,” Webinar Sponsored by The Law Project and Illinois Legal Aid Online, Chicago, IL (February 2015)</li> <li>Presenter, “Crowd Funding in the Tax Exempt Sector,” Chicago Bar Association Exempt Organizations Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (December 2014)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Crowd Funding for Nonprofits: Legal, Tax, and Practical Considerations,” IRS Great Lakes TE/GE Council Meeting, Chicago, IL (October 2014)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>Author, “Social Enterprise for Tax-Exempt Organizations”, <em>Taxation of Exempts</em>, Thomson/RIA (May/June 2018)</li> <li>Co-Author, “Qualified Opportunity Zones Investments”, Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Group Influencer Newsletter, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2018)</li> <li>Co-Author, “<a href="">Walking a Tightrope: Political Activity and Lobbying for Charitable Organizations</a>”, <em>Crain’s Cleveland Business</em>, Crain Communications, Inc. (November 2017)</li> <li>Author, “<a href="">Are You Ready to be on a Nonprofit’s Board of Directors? Four Key Legal Duties for Board Members and Ways to Minimize Risks</a>”, Crain’s Cleveland Business - Young Professionals Blog, Crain Communications, Inc. (July 2017)</li> <li>Co-Author, “<a href="">How Trump’s Tax Reform Proposals Might Affect Charitable Giving</a>,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, Crain Communications, Inc. (May 2017)</li> <li>Author, “<a href=";utm_source=ccl-morningroundup&amp;utm_campaign=ccl-morningroundup-20170309&amp;email_realestate">How Nonprofits Can Manage Gifts that Come with Strings Attached</a>,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, Crain Communications, Inc. (March 2017)</li> <li>Co-Author, “Crowdfunding in the Tax-Exempt Sector - Legal and Practical Considerations,” Taxation of Exempts, Thomson/RIA (May/June 2015)</li> <li>Co-Author, "Accepting Unrestricted and Restricted Donations and Oversight of the Attorney General and Alternatives to Bankruptcy," in A GUIDE FOR NONPROFITS: BANKRUPTCY ISSUES, The Law Project (2014)</li> </ul> &nbsp;