Nonprofit lawyers
empowering leaders for
positive impact

Our mission

The NEO Law Group believes that healthy nonprofits are more effective at creating positive change.  We help create and maintain legally compliant nonprofits that have strong foundations on which to build great programs.  And we provide practical and affordable counsel, giving leaders reassurance and confidence to best further their valuable missions.

Our values: excellence, effectiveness, responsiveness, integrity, respect, and gratitude. According to the San Francisco Daily Journal: "The attorneys at NEO Law Group preach impact over profit maximization - and they walk the walk."


Our services

We provide corporate, tax, and charitable trust law counsel to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. We’ve represented several hundreds of organizations over the past 10 years on matters including formations, fiscal sponsorship, governance, collaborations, affiliations, mergers, earned income, and general nonprofit corporate and tax law compliance. We also provide board trainings and group presentations customized to specifically address issues important to our clients. We’ve presented on nonprofit legal topics to charities, private foundations, bar associations, and CPA associations throughout the country. Our services are always geared to be practical and responsive.


Representative Organizations

Animal welfare organizations

Critter Lovers at Work, Friends of Fairmont Animal Shelter, German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, Give a Dog a Bone, San Francisco SPCA

Arts organizations

Burning Man Project, Estria Foundation, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Japan-America Artists Foundation, Musicians Foundation, Noontime Concerts, Shawl-Anderson Modern Dance Center, SuperFrog Project

Children & youth organizations

Brighter Beginnings, California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Children Now, Coleman Advocates, Japanese Community Youth Council, Lincoln Child Center, Novato Youth Center, San Francisco Youth Soccer, Tri-City Youth Group, Youth Enrichment Services, Youth Leadership Institute, Youth Service California

Churches, temples, and religious organizations

Bethel AME Church of San Francisco, Buddhist Churches of America, First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, First AME Church of Los Angeles, Fremont Hindhu Temple, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Open Gate Sangha, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, South Bay Hindu Center

Community Foundations

Chinese American Community Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, San Bruno Community Foundation, West Marin Fund

Economic Development Organizations

Union Square Business Improvement District

Educational & literary organizations

Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation, Book Club of California, Computer-Using Educators, Greenstein Institute, Growing with Books, Just Read, San Jose Public Library Foundation, Super Stars Literacy, 9 Dots

Environmental organizations

American Land Conservancy, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Black Rock Solar, California Urban Water Conservation Council, Center for Resource Solutions, East Bay Environmental Network, Ecology Action, Greenaction, Groundwork Opportunities, Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurism, Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Pacific Environment, Pacifica Land Trust

Fiscal sponsors

Charitable Ventures of Orange County, CEL Education Fund, Community Initiatives, Fractured Atlas, Hacker Fund, Independent Arts & Media, InterMusic SF, Intersection for the Arts, Social Good Fund, Upstart Bay Area

Health-related organizations

Access Dyslexia, Alzheimer's Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada, Asian Community Mental Health Services. Asian Health Services, California School Health Centers Association, Calistoga Family Center, Council for Homeopathic Certification, Health Post, On Lok, World Hepatitis Alliance

Identity group / advocacy organizations

Asian-American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, Chinese Newcomers Service Center, Chinese Progressive Association, Community Coalition, Diversity Center, Good World Solutions, Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, U.S.-Japan Council

Impact investing / Social Entrepreneurship

Corporate Ethics International, Early Learning Ventures, ImpactAssets, Knoend

International charity organizations

Child Family Health International, Daraja Educational Foundation, Equality & Opportunity Foundation, Global Pediatric Alliance, Gretta Foundation, Hand in Hand for Haiti, Namaste Foundation, One Japan, One World Children's Fund, Mama Hope, Onom Foundation

Law firms and consulting firms

Alston & Bird, Campbell Law Group, Kathleen Russell Consulting, La Piana Consulting, Midori Law Group, Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation, Reed Smith, Schnader Harrison Segal Lewis, Yorozu Law Group

Leadership development organizations

Fuse Corps, National League of Young Men, Net Impact, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Legal organizations

Center for International Environmental Law, Center for Judicial Excellence

Media and news organizations

Independent Media Institute, Media Alliance, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Nichi Bei Foundation, Stanford Daily Publishing Corp

Nonprofit support & capacity building organizations

California Association of Nonprofits, CBO Center (merged into CompassPoint), Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, Real Reason, Social Media for Nonprofits

Private foundations & grantmaking organizations

AO Dragge Foundation, California Dental Association Foundation, C.J. Wilson's Children's Charities, Charles A. Becker Foundation,  Daphne Foundation, David Young Choe Foundation, Evelyn & Walter, Jr. Haas Fund, John & Lisa Pritzker Family Fund, Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok Lee Foundation, Neighborhood Funders Group, Nezhat Family Foundation, Okura Foundation, Palayam Foundation, RMLow Foundation, Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Scientific research organizations

Cure JM Foundation, Ernest Gallo Clinic & Research Center, Institute for Molecular Neuroscience, Parkinson's Institute, Seismological Society of America

Schools and educational foundations

Belvedere Nursery School, Burkard School, Hope University, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Mark Day School, Marin School of the Arts, Newark Educational Foundation, Northstar School, Northwestern Polytechnic University, One Purpose School, San Francisco Education Fund, San Francisco Japanese School, Westside Waldorf School, Wilkinson School

Social Change / Advocacy Organizations

ACLU Foundation of Northern California, Center for Story-Based Strategy, Change the World Fund, Movement Strategy Center

Social services and human services organizations

Actor's Fund, ARC Fresno, Center for Adaptive Learning, Covenant House California, NAMI California, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, Walden House

Social welfare organizations

Alameda Transportation Management Association, Captiva Civic Association, Children Now Action Fund, Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Color Of Change, Humboldt Roller Derby, Presente Action, San Francisco Waterfront Alliance, SumOfUs

Technology and science organizations

Aspiration Tech, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Digital Green Foundation, Hypothes.is, Identity Theft Council, Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, Simply Secure, Yorba Foundation

Trade/professional associations

American Immigration Lawyers Association – NorCal, Asian American Bar Association, Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers, Los Angeles Paralegal Association, National Association of Science Writers, Queen's Bench Bar Association, U.S. Bartenders Guild

Women's organizations

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Double Union, Girls Leadership Institute, GirlVentures, San Franciso Women Artists, SparkSF, YWCA of San Francisco and Marin