Andrew M. Grumet concentrates his practice in the representation of domestic and international tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving and philanthropy. He has represented, among others, organizations ranging from domestic and international family foundations to public charities, schools, supporting organizations, museums, hospitals, religious organizations, community trusts and donor advised funds, trade associations, social clubs and social welfare organizations. Mr. Grumet regularly counsels organizations with respect to issues regarding formation and organizational structuring, compensation and excess benefit/self-dealing advice, corporate governance, fundraising and state solicitation regulatory matters, corporate policies, UBTI issues and investments, establishment and modification of endowments and restricted funds, fiduciary duties, domestic and international grantmaking, tax and financial reporting, planned giving and special events.
Mr. Grumet is frequently consulted by media outlets with respect to issues affecting nonprofit organizations. He has appeared in publications such as The Chronicle of Philanthropy, TIME magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
•Regularly provides advice and regulatory compliance services with respect to state solicitation laws and registration requirements, both initial and renewal, for numerous public charities with fundraising activities across the U.S.
•Regularly provides continuing education to board members, officers, staff and volunteers regarding best practices, fiduciary duties, legal developments, trends and techniques.
•Regularly provides organizational audits of charities to assess not only financial strengths and deficiencies, but to determine the effectiveness of a charity's operations and regulatory compliance.
•Serve as outside general counsel to one of the largest donor advised funds in the U.S.
•Worked on a transaction for a museum that included one of the largest art acquisitions in history.
•Formed and acted as general counsel to numerous fundraising organizations raising funds for use in foreign countries.
•Provided advice to national medical service organizations regarding excess benefit transactions with executive director.
•Served as outside general counsel to national charity and individual state chapters in each state providing pooled special needs trust services to individuals.
•Served as counsel and general architect in the design, implementation and operation of a first of its kind joint venture among three large social service agencies in a major U.S. city. This project culminated in the formation of a new charity to serve as a joint planned giving fundraising organization for the benefit of the participating social service agencies.
•Assisted local, regional and national charities in the establishment of planned giving and major gift programs, including the creation of charitable gift annuity programs, pooled income funds and captive donor advised funds. These engagements often included assisting charities in establishing fundraising committees, appropriate gift acceptance policies and donor confidentiality policies, donor recognition and stewardship plans, as well as print, electronic and website based donor solicitation materials.
• De Blasio Parks Stance Unsettles Some , quoted, The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2013.
• New York City Opera Closing Its Doors , quoted, The Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2013.
• Reports the IRS Targeted Conservative Groups , Fox Business News, May 13, 2013.
• Oversight of Veterans Charity Is Questioned , quoted, The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2013.
• A Sister's Death Inspires the Birth of a Nonprofit Group , quoted, DailyWorth, March 8, 2013.
• Lance Armstrong's Woes Haven't Dampened Livestrong's Fundraising So Far, Says CEO , quoted, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 24, 2012.
• Ethically Blindsided? quoted, Association of Fundraising Professionals' Advancing Philanthropy, March/April 2012.
• For 92nd St. Y, a Break From Wall St. Worry , quoted, Dealbook, The New York Times, November 29, 2011.
• Charitable giving in US rebounds a bit after drop , mentioned, The Associated Press, June 20, 2011.
• Organizations May Apply To Regain Tax-Exempt Status After Automatic Revocation; Small Exempts Eligible For Transitional Relief , quoted, Standard Federal Tax Reports, Vol. 98, Issue No. 25, Report 25, June 16, 2011.
• Put Your Money in Trust , quoted, Association of Fundraising Professionals' Advancing Philanthropy, May/June 2011.
• Boys Club Takes Its Lumps , quoted, Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2011.
• Mass. Data Privacy Rules Could Affect How Charities Nationwide Do Business , quoted, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 7, 2010.
• GETTING PERSONAL: Nonprofits Increase 'Gift Tax' on Donors , Dow Jones Newswires, April 6, 2009.
• GETTING PERSONAL: Madoff Tax Fallout Could Touch Charities , Dow Jones Newswires, March 18, 2009.
• Battered Nonprofits Seek to Tap Their Nest Eggs , The Wall Street Journal, pA5, February 11, 2009.
• GETTING PERSONAL: Nonprofits Revisit Investment Strategies , Dow Jones Newswires, December 16, 2008.
• Princeton settles battle over millions , quoted, Newark Star Ledger, December 11, 2008.
• States lift restrictions on spending by endowments , quoted, Investment News, April 7, 2008.
• Nonprofits easy targets for thievery , quoted, The San Diego Union Tribune, August 26, 2007.
• Bad Consultant Confidential , quoted, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 19, 2007.
• How Charities Can Get What They Want When They Hire Fund-Raising Consultants , quoted, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 19, 2007.
• Giving Back: An Investment with Meaning , quoted, Time magazine, March 29, 2007.
• Welcome to the Museum of My Stuff , quoted, The New York Times, February 18, 2007.
• When Private Collectors Go Public , quoted, International Herald Tribune, February 16, 2007.
• Burning Questions , quoted, The Star Ledger, December 1, 2006.
Donor Advised Funds: Options and Opportunities
October 29, 2014 event
2014 Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2013
June 17, 2014 event
New York's Historic Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013: What It Means To You Presentation
February 4, 2014 event
Big Ideas You are Not Reading About in Philanthropic Giving and Nonprofits
July 11, 2013 event
2013 Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2012
June 18,2013 event
Charitable Promotions & Cause Marketing Scrutiny and Regulation Continues Digilaw Blog
August 13, 2012
2012 Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2011
June 19, 2012 event
EAPD and EHL Consulting Hosted the Unveiling of Giving USA 2011
June 20, 2011 event
Collaboration in the Non-Profit World
June 8, 2011 event
NJSCPA: Estate Planning Conference
May 10, 2011 event
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Analyzes Gift Acceptance Policies in Advancing Philanthropy
November 12, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Calls de Blasio's Parks Stance a 'Tax on Charity' in The Wall Street Journal
October 15, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Comments on New York City Opera Closing Its Doors in The Wall Street Journal.
October 3, 2013
Edwards Wildman Sponsors LabCentral, First Large Scale Biotech-Capable Shared Lab Facility in Cambridge, Mass.
August 8, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Discusses the Growing Scandal Surrounding the IRS on Fox News
May 14, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Comments on Charity Oversight in The Wall Street Journal
March 19, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Provides Pointers on How to Obtain 501(c)3 Status in Daily Worth
March 12, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet Writes Article on Cause Marketing in The Corporate Board
February 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Andrew Grumet, in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Says Livestrong Should 'Seize the Moment'
October 26, 2012
Mass. Data Privacy Rules Could Affect How Charities Nationwide Do Business
March 7, 2010