White Papers

Understanding the space

Authored by NLI working group members, each white paper identifies legal topics pertinent to the operations of nonprofits and offers insight on how to approach and think about these topics.  These resources are provided for educational purposes and not as legal advice.

Technology and the Common Good

Mary Margaret BeecherResearch Fellow and Staff Attorney, Napa Legal Institute

Applying for Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Program

Bonnie WyllieDirector of Nonprofit Services, O'Neill

Toward a Spirituality of Compliance

John C. Peiffer IIPresident and General Counsel, Napa Legal Institute

Sample Employee Handbook for Catholic Schools

Lee Cotugno
Senior Partner, Law Offices of Lee W. Cotugno
& John C. Peiffer II
President and General Counsel, Napa Legal

It's Time for An Audit

Lee Cotugno
Senior Partner, Law Offices of Lee W. Cotugno

Religious Liberty, Employment, and Recent Supreme Court Opinions

NLI Staff

The Ministerial Exception: How Catholic Nonprofits Can Safeguard Their Right to Choose Their Own Leaders

Updated August 2020 to reflect new Supreme Court opinions

Kaytlin Roholt Lane
Associate, Jones Day

Considerations for Nonprofit Employers Beginning to Re-Open

Lee Cotugno
Senior Partner, Law Office of Lee W. Cotugno

Consider Mediation

Lee Cotugno
Senior Partner, Law Office of Lee W. Cotugno

Introduction to Title I Loan Relief Under the Cares Act

Mary Margaret BeecherResearch Fellow and Staff Attorney, Napa Legal

Achieving Fundraising Success

Ann C. FitzgeraldFounder and President, AC Fitzgerald

Introduction to Private Inurement and Private Benefit for Religious Nonprofit Leaders

Bonnie M. Wyllie Lukinovich APLC

Part II
Excess Benefit Transactions:
The Incentive for Compliance

Bonnie M. WyllieLukinovich APLC

Part III
Best Practices with Respect
to Excess Benefit Transactions

Bonnie M. WyllieLukinovich APLC

Part IV
Responding to an
Excess Benefit Transaction

Bonnie M. Wyllie Lukinovich APLC

Introduction to Volunteer
Risk Management

Daniel J. Romanski
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. & Michael P. Broadhurst
Weir& Partners LLP

Making a Christ-Centered Health Care Decision

Louis BrownExecutive Director, Christ Medicus Foundation; Chairman of the Healthcare Working Group for Napa Legal Institute

Charitable Giving

Bonnie M. WyllieLukinovich APLC

Why a Religious Corporation?

John C. Peiffer II President and General Counsel of NLI

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