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Amicus Brief in The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, et al. v. Episcopal Senior Communities, et al.

On Behalf of the Friends of the Episcopal Diocese, an unincorporated association of residents served by Episcopal Senior Communities, we submitted an Amicus Brief to the First District of California Court of Appeals. The Amicus sought to reverse the trial court’s judgment because the trial court improperly interpreted and applied the charitable trust doctrine. Our brief explains how, If upheld, the trial court’s erroneous judgement would set precedent for the incorrect application of the Charitable Trust Doctrine, contrary to well-settled law in this state, and would negatively affect nonprofit public benefit corporations state-wide.

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Beneficial State Foundation

Advisor to founders of Foundation created as a bank holding company to advance triple bottom line banking. We advise on all matters related to business and governance structure, tax, employment, corporate, real estate, regulatory and other matters.

Satellite Healthcare, Inc.

Advised Satellite Healthcare on restructuring and governance, as well as tax and regulatory compliance.

Walt Disney Family Foundation and Walt Disney Family Museum

Advised the Walt Disney Family Foundation and Walt Disney Family Museum regarding museum structure, tax and regulatory compliance, and general matters. In February 2015, Cynthia Rowland became a member of the Walt Disney Family Museum’s Advisory Committee, assisting the Museum with outreach and fundraising.

Wells Fargo Bank as Investment Trustee of the Buck Trust

Represented Wells Fargo Bank as Investment Trustee of the Buck Trust, a $1 billion trust, on all legal matters including tax and regulatory compliance.

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Farella Braun + Martel Earns 2024 Best Law FirmsĀ® Rankings

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in Florida and Louisiana

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the ninth in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In previous...

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Employment Law Update for Nonprofits With Holly Sutton

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Charities, foundations, and their founders often request help addressing employment practices and compliance questions. In this episode, host Cynthia Rowland is joined by Holly...

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Corporate Transparency Act: A Guide on Beneficial Ownership for Nonprofit Executives

The Corporate Transparency Act, enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, represents a significant shift in regulatory requirements for entities across the United States. This act, set to...

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Farella 2024 Partner Elevations: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of two lawyers to partnership effective Jan. 1: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint. “We are thrilled to elevate Cynthia and...

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Nonprofit Basics: Unpacking Prudent Investments, PRIs and MRIs

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Episode 73 discusses frequently used terms in the nonprofit world pertaining to investment activities. Public charity and private foundation directors and officers need...

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California Regulation of Charitable Fundraising Platforms: Part I - Definitions

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 76, I introduce the provisions of California's Charitable Fundraising Platforms law (Gov. Code, § 12599.9). These rules are relevant to all...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in North Carolina and South Carolina

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Episode 75 is the tenth in a series of Quick Tip episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. With...

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Charitable Planning With Guest Stephanie Hood: Navigating Complex Rules and Traps for the Unwary

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This week, I am delighted to have Stephanie Hood return as my guest. Stephanie is my colleague at Farella Braun + Martel and...

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Nonprofit Basics: Scholarship Grant Program IRS Approval Requirements

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Today’s episode focuses on IRC Section 4945(g), which provides an exception for grants to individuals so that the penalty taxes for such grants...

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