About the Practice

Lisa Norton provides a ranges of services to a wide range of nonprofit organizations, social ventures and individual philanthropists, particularly those with an international purpose, including:
Structuring and implementing collaborative arrangements with other U.S. and foreign organizations
Formation of nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts, and other forms of legal entities with social purposes
Fiscal sponsorship
Helping clients to identify the most effective and efficient way of pursuing an international mission
Structuring U.S. and foreign activities to ensure legal compliance, and to achieve the optimal relationship among U.S. and foreign operations
Advice on legal aspects of U.S. and foreign fundraising
Obtaining federal and state tax-exempt status
Advice on governance and lobbying
Formation of private foundations
For-profit subsidiaries
Helping clients to identify the optimal legal vehicle for their objectives

Availability for Speaking Engagements

Lisa Norton speaks frequently on a variety of topics relevant to nonprofit organizations with international activities. Presentations can be addressed to:
  • Attorneys advising nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and individual philanthropists interested in pursuing an international purpose.
  • Individuals and organizations that want to learn about how to engage in international activities.
  • Established nonprofit organizations and social ventures that want to expand their international operations and/or fundraising activities.

About Lisa Norton

LISA NORTON is the author of How To Be A Global Nonprofit: Legal and Practical Guidance for International Activities (John Wiley & Sons 2013). Her law practice concentrates on serving a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, as well as individual philanthropists, with a particular emphasis on those that have an international purpose. Previously, she served as international tax counsel to several multinational corporations. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the bar of the states of Washington, California, and New York. Lisa participates in various bar association committees and professional organizations that concentrate on nonprofit-related issues, and she has served on governing boards and committees of numerous charitable organizations and professional associations.