Alexander C. Campbell
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 represent for-profit businesses as well, including social enterprises, entrepreneurs and other professionals serving and working with the nonprofit sector.
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.
- 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)
- Illinois Bar (2011)
- Ohio Bar (2016)
- Professional & Civic
- Partner in Justice: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
- Volunteer Attorney: BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
- Member: Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network
- 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
- Member: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- Presentations &
- <ul> <li>Co-Author, <em>Accepting Unrestricted and Restricted Donations and Oversight of the Attorney General</em> and <em>Alternatives to Bankruptcy</em>, in A GUIDE FOR NONPROFITS: BANKRUPTCY ISSUES, The Law Project (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> <li>Presenter, “Crowd Funding in the Tax Exempt Sector,” Chicago Bar Association Exempt Organizations Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (December 2014)</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, “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>Co-Author, “Crowdfunding in the Tax-Exempt Sector - Legal and Practical Considerations,” <em>Taxation of Exempts</em>, Thomson/RIA (May/June 2015)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Crowdfunding Campaigns,” Illinois CPA Society Not-for-Profit Conf., Rosemont, IL (November 2015)</li> <li>Co-Presenter, “Exempt Organizations and Multi-Entity Corporate Structures,” Chicago Bar Association Exempt Organizations Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (December 2015)</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>Presenter and Panelist, “The Role of the Board”, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Cleveland, OH (Sept. 2016)</li> <li>Presenter, “Nonprofit Governance”, Leading the Nonprofit Seminar sponsored by Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC and Cohen & Company, Cleveland, OH (October 2016)</li> <li>Presenter and Panelist, “Introduction to Nonprofit Board Service”, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Cleveland, OH (November 2016)</li> <li>Panelist, “Is Starting a Nonprofit Right For You?”, Foundation Center, Cleveland, OH (November 2016)</li> <li>Presenter and Panelist, “The Role of the Board”, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Akron, OH (Dec. 2016)</li> </ul>