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Pro Bono Q&A: Reasons NOT to Start a Nonprofit

May 23, 2011

Customers often ask us about how to start a nonprofit. Yet sometimes, starting a nonprofit may not be the best way for you to achieve your goals. Two attorneys from Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta will draw from their own client experiences to discuss when you should consider alternatives to starting your own nonprofit.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta provides pro bono opportunities to transactional lawyers at corporations and law firms by matching them with nonprofits in need of free legal services within their area of expertise. It assists nonprofit organizations that serve low-income and disadvantaged individuals and are unable to pay for legal services.

Note: This discussion is for informational purposes only, without any representation that the information presented is accurate or complete. This discussion does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and any other person, nor is it an offer to create such a relationship. Laws change over time and vary from state to state. Consult an attorney to address your particular situation. If you need help to find an attorney, please see this Knowledge Base Article.

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Rachel Spears


Rachel Epps Spears is executive director at Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Prior to that, Rachel was an associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. For over seven years, Rachel worked in the Public Finance department, serving as bond counsel on tax-exempt bond financings issued by governments or for the benefit of 501(c)(3) organizations including hospitals, secondary schools and universities. Read her full bio.


Robyn Miller is Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta's first staff attorney, who joined the organization in May 2008. She has more than 16 years of corporate and tax-exempt law experience, including six years at Ernst & Young working primarily in the nonprofit arena. Read her full bio.