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Anita Pelletier is Counsel in Nixon Peabody's nonprofit practice group. She advises nonprofit organizations in matters relating to legal requirements and best practices in connection with governance and operational matters.

What do you focus on?

Today I focus my practice on three main areas, building on over 10 years of experience assisting nonprofit clients to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Nonprofit Corporate Governance and Board Disputes

I’ve represented organizations ranging from the very small to the very large. Most recently, the Nonprofit team advised the sole member of a nonprofit regarding its authority to remove board members.

Tax Compliance and Audits

I’ve worked with several organizations to guide them through IRS and regulatory audits. Most recently, I managed and coordinated an IRS audit for a large university.

Charitable Solicitation and Sales Promotions

I’ve assisted numerous charities navigate the various rules regarding charitable solicitations in a market that necessitates the use of social media and electronic communications.

I’ve also represented businesses operate promotions to develop brand recognition and sales. Last year, we assisted a business to develop best practices for operating national sweepstakes and contests.

What do you see on the horizon?

I’ve been following the demands for increased scrutiny of nonprofit organizations relating to transparency and public accountability. We’re developing strategies for organizations to put their houses in order before the regulators come knocking.


  • “Tax Exemption Issues Faced by Orchard Health,” Health Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Summer/Fall 2004).

Media Clips

  • Attorneys Applaud Overhaul of Nonprofit Law for Cutting Red Tape
    New York Law Journal | December 20, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney, Rochester counsel Anita Pelletier, and Rochester partner and president of the New York State Bar Association Dave Schraver discuss the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act signed into law by Governor Cuomo.


IRS final ACA regulations—compliance focus for tax-exempt hospital organizations
Health Care Alert | January 6, 2015

Webinar Recording: Nonprofit Revitalization Act—What changed? What you should do.
Originally recorded January 7, 2014 | January 8, 2014

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Volunteers as employees: Considerations for nonprofit institutions
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | September 25, 2013

New York State Legislature passes Nonprofit Revitalization Act
Legislation mandates audit procedures, conflict of interest policies, whistleblower policies for nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit Organizations Alert | June 28, 2013

Are you a covered provider?
Get Ready: Executive Order No. 38 Effective July 1

Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 30, 2013

Hospitals must satisfy both NYS Community Service Plan (CSP) and federal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) requirements—timing may be challenge
Health Law Alert | May 21, 2013

Implementation of New York State executive compensation and administrative expense caps has been postponed
Health Law Alert | March 18, 2013

Compensation and Expenditure Limits for New York Providers—Some Clarity
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | December 5, 2012

Charitable contributions to single-member LLCs: The questions left unanswered
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | August 3, 2012

Webinar Recording: What's your future bring? Nonprofit regulation in New York
Originally recorded June 5, 2012 | June 11, 2012

New York attorney general offers proposed amendments to state's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 30, 2012

Proposed New York State DOH regulations limit use of state funds for executive compensation and administrative costs
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 22, 2012

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Anita L. Pelletier