Sam Coppersmith Extends Decades of Helping Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center by Joining Board of Directors

Sam Coppersmith Extends Decades of Helping Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center by Joining Board of Directors

Already a fixture in the Arizona nonprofit community, Sam Coppersmith expanded his involvement by accepting an invitation to join the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) Board of Directors. Sam is deeply passionate about conservation and proud to support the nonprofit’s mission to protect and rehabilitate the region’s native animals.  Sam and Coppersmith Brockelman have a longstanding relationship with SWCC, helping the organization with zoning issues, permits, concession agreements, litigation, and contract negotiation since 1998. Established in 1994, SWCC is the state’s leading sanctuary and veterinary science facility for injured or displaced wild animals. They played a prominent role in the recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf. In addition, the Center serves a valuable educational resource for the community.  Sam has more than three decades of experience providing counsel to nonprofit...

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Sam Coppersmith to Co-Present at National Business Institute Webinar Tackling Intricacies of Non-Profit Law

Sam Coppersmith Covers the Complexities of Private Foundations During National Business Institute Webinar

The legal and tax aspects of private foundations can be a complex undertaking. In the recent National Business Institute (NBI) webinar, “Private Foundations From Start to Finish,” Sam Coppersmith and his panel of co-presenters provided insight to help lawyers advise clients in this area of law. Specifically, he spoke on: Different types of private foundations, funding and giving options, and rules governing non-operating foundations vs. operating foundations. Organizing and governing a private foundation, foundation board considerations, and the investment of funds and distribution. Filing necessary tax returns, IRS Form 990 – PF, IRS Form 990 – T, requirements, contributions, disbursements, expenses, and more.Changes for exempt organizations, including private foundations, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Sam has more than three decades of experience assisting local and national businesses and nonprofit entities as...

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Kristen Rosati, Sam Coppersmith Recognized Among Top Arizona Executives in 2020 AzBusiness Leaders Publication

Partners Kristen Rosati and Sam Coppersmith were recognized among the state’s top executives in the 2020 AzBusiness Leaders publication. Kristen was recognized in the health care category. A nationally renowned health care lawyer with deep experience in all things Big Data, Kristen noted that health care continues to evolve at fast pace, with health care reform, federal and state regulatory updates, and developing technology.  These changes make it challenging for the law to keep up.  Sam was recognized in the nonprofit category. He has extensive experience assisting local and national businesses and nonprofits with transactional issues, business organization, governance, contract negotiation, land use, and business planning. He shared his top piece of professional advice, emphasizing how important it is for new lawyers to find the right place to work, and to not be afraid...

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Seminar Reveals Common Pitfalls and Best Practices in Nonprofit Operations

As the resident expert on nonprofit bylaws, Sam Coppersmith delivered an eye-opening, informative seminar about the many common pitfalls and best practices associated with drafting or revising bylaws. Speaking during a National Business Institute live audio webinar delivered on Feb. 16, Sam delved into the intricacies of bylaws, which are the foundational guidelines that govern internal management of every nonprofit. The presentation explored the best processes for updating nonprofit bylaws, what to include (and not include) in specific provisions, as well as a focus on the most common mistakes found in nonprofit bylaws. Geared primarily to attorneys, executive directors, trustees, officers, presidents and vice presidents of nonprofit organizations, the content included discussion of a member-elected or self-perpetuating board, the process for adopting and updating bylaws, a step-by-step...

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Sam Coppersmith Delivers NBI Presentation About Tax Exempt Organizations

National Business Institute (NBI), which offers continuing legal education to professionals, tapped Sam Coppersmith to join a panel delivering a special presentation billed as “The Ultimate Guide to Tax Exempt Organizations.” Available on the NBI website, the webcast zeroes in on establishing and operating tax exempt organizations to keep them compliant and thriving. The all-day video conference gives professionals the practical strategies they need to guide a tax-exempt client through the lifecycle of IRS application and yearly compliance. More specifically, attendees found out how to select the best tax exempt organization form for their client, received tips for completing Form 1023/1024 and handling IRS review, and learned methods for securing state tax exemption. Additionally, the videoconference discussed taking proper care of incoming contributions and how to properly...

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Sam Coppersmith Delivers Seminar on Legal Issues for Hospital Trustees at AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference

Attorney Sam Coppersmith was tapped by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) to help hospital trustees navigate their roles during a special presentation at the organization’s Annual Leadership Conference, held Oct. 27-28 in Marana, AZ. “Trustee 101: A Toolkit for New (and Not-So-New) Hospital Trustees” was tailored specifically for new hospital trustees and examines key legal issues likely to face them as they serve their hospitals. These include fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest, nonprofit and public hospital standards, such as community need, tax-exemption, open meeting laws and public finance. Additionally, Sam offered insights on defenses for board members who act in good faith....

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