Nonprofit Initiative

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 or 717.232.7536, ext. 7. 



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