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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.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoes bill requiring New York nonprofits to create and implement workplace violence prevention programs
Employment Law Alert | December 10, 2015

The vagaries of cy pres — a New York court follows Virginia in supplanting the judgment of college trustee
Higher Education Alert | October 28, 2015

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New York narrows the availability of real property tax exemptions for nonprofits
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | July 28, 2015

New Jersey tax court denies property tax exemption for nonprofit hospital; sets dangerous precedent in the state and possible ripple effect across the country
Health Care Alert | July 15, 2015

NY legislature passes bill requiring nonprofits to create workplace violence prevention programs
Employment Law Alert | June 22, 2015

Webinar Recording: Working with nonprofit housing corporations in affordable housing transactions
May 11, 2015

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

Nonprofit Revitalization Act Update: July 2014
July 2, 2014

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

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

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Anita L. Pelletier