Anita Pelletier serves as 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.
I focus my practice on assisting nonprofit clients to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.
With the increased level of scrutiny and transparency requirements from the IRS, state charity regulators, and the public, it is more important than ever that nonprofit organizations ensure their governance and operations are legally compliant. I’ve helped organizations ranging from the very small to the very large update bylaws and policies to comply with legal requirements and best practices.
Both the IRS and many state charity regulators are using analytics to identify areas of potential noncompliance to start audits and investigations of nonprofit organizations. Many of these are targeted to specific areas, and it is important to have a plan in place to identify what the regulator is looking for and the best way to respond. I’ve worked with many organizations to guide them through these audits and investigations. Most recently, I assisted a nonprofit to respond to an IRS inquiry questioning whether the organization's activities were charitable and an organization to respond to noncompliance allegations by a state charity regulator in connection with the receipt of a charitable bequest.
The current climate for nonprofits is unprecedented. Efficient and effective operations are more important than ever. Many nonprofits are working to leverage current assets and seek strategic alliances to ensure continued operations to assist the most vulnerable in society. I’ve worked with many nonprofits to successfully sell assets and navigate mergers and dissolutions, including working through state charity-approval processes, which have become subject to increased scrutiny. Most recently, my work in this area included assisting nonprofit housing organizations sell or refinance housing projects and advising on the merger and sale of assets by health care and nursing home nonprofit organizations.
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 using promotions to develop brand recognition and sales. Last year, we helped a business develop best practices for operating a national sweepstakes and contests.
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.
Maxwell School of Public Administration, M.P.A.
St. John Fisher College, B.A., Economics
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
Anita Pelletier is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Rochester and is also involved with the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, previously serving as a board member as well as chair of their Media Committee and co-chair of the Program Committee. Anita Pelletier is also a member of the American, New York State, and Monroe County bar associations.
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