Non-Profit & Foundations

Allies and Advocates

The attorneys of Day Ketterer’s Non-Profit and Foundations Practice Group, chaired by John H. Brannen, are allies and advocates who understand the legal challenges that non-profits and foundations confront. We share your passion for mission.

Trusted Counsel

In our practice, we have brought many new entities into existence. Examples include preschools, booster clubs, family foundations, faith-based ministries and monasteries, trade associations, volunteer fire departments, community schools, and fundraising organizations for causes that run the gamut from health care to bicentennial celebrations.  We assist non-profits in obtaining tax exempt status under 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and help them comply with Ohio law, including charitable solicitations statutes.

The Non-Profit and Foundations Practice Group also advises clients on a daily basis in matters of corporate governance and compliance. We defend non-profits in court and before administrative agencies, we help them to develop and administer best practices with respect to their workforces, and we negotiate their leases and other commercial contracts. Our attorneys structure mergers and acquisitions whereby two non-profit organizations come together to form a single entity that is stronger than the sum of its parts.

Community Volunteers

In addition to our role as legal counsel, Day Ketterer’s attorneys serve many of the area’s not-for-profit organizations in a volunteer capacity, as well. Our members are active on the boards of Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., The YMCA of Central Stark County, The Canton Ballet, The Canton Montessori School, The Dr. Lawrence OJ Onuora Memorial Hospital Foundation, The Stark County Law Library Association and Stark County Law Library Resources Board, ARC of Stark County, The Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America, People to People Ministries, Canton Rotary, the Orrville Area Development Foundation, and more. We spearhead capital campaigns, run races, organize fundraisers, coach youth soccer, compete in urban adventure challenges, and flip pancakes on behalf of the organizations with which we are involved.

What we think non-profits do better than anyone else:

Putting people first, focusing on mission, and engaging the communities in which they operate.

What we know most non-profits struggle with:

Raising money and keeping abreast of ever-changing legal requirements.

How we can help:

Serving as advocates and advisors who guide you through legal issues while maintaining the focus on mission.

For more information contact John H. Brannen, Day Ketterer's Non-Profit Law Group Chairperson, at 330.458.2166 or