Who is eligible for pro bono legal services through the Nonprofit Initiative?

The Nonprofit Initiative is designed to provide assistance to Dauphin County nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Have a charitable or community purpose,
  • Have a three-year track record of operations, and
  • Need free legal assistance to avoid impairing their programs and/or help further their mission and programming.

Organizations that serve low-income communities, are involved in community economic development, or serve low-income, indigent, or disadvantaged persons will receive priority.

What services does the Nonprofit Initiative provide?

The volunteer attorneys provide pro bono legal representation on a variety of legal issues including, but not limited to

  • Negotiating lease agreements;
  • Contract matters (employment, construction, etc.);
  • Assisting with personnel and labor relations issues;
  • Providing tax advice;
  • Assisting a tenant organization in development of affordable housing through handling zoning, tax, real estate & financing issues;
  • Advising on corporate governance matters, charitable registration and other regulatory compliance issues;
  • Reviewing loan documents;
  • Preparing limited partnership agreements; and
  • Undertaking legal research and writing projects.

If you have any questions about the Nonprofit Initiative or would like an application, please contact DCBA Director of Legal & Community Services, Kim Snell-Zarcone, at kim@dcba-pa.org or 717.232.7536, ext. 7.