Biography

Megan Bell is Counsel in the firm's Tax-Exempt Organizations department. Ms. Bell advises public charities (including donor-advised fund sponsors and supporting organizations), private foundations, social welfare organizations, and other tax-exempt entities on tax compliance and general corporate matters. She also assists organizations with formation and restructuring, corporate governance and policies, charitable giving and solicitation, unrelated business activities, international grantmaking, joint ventures, lobbying, and political campaign activities. In addition, Ms. Bell has represented a variety of tax-exempt organizations in connection with Attorney General inquiries and Internal Revenue Service audits.

Ms. Bell speaks at conferences for and about non-profit organizations on a range of topics. Most recently, Ms. Bell has spoken about investment governance, nonprofit matters, and complex public support issues.

From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Bell served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard C. Tallman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining the firm, Ms. Bell practiced tax law at a New York-based law firm.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • New York

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: Member, American Bar Association (Committee on Tax Exempt Organizations); Director, The New Press (2014-present)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Presenter, "Gifts with Benefits: Naming Rights," New York City Bar Association’s 4th Annual Not-for-Profit Institute (June 6, 2016); "Difficult Public Support Test Issues," American Bar Association's Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting (January 28, 2016); "Investment Management and Oversight," The University of Texas School of Law’s 33rd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute (January 14, 2016); "Board Governance and Committee Structure," New York City Bar Center’s 3rd Annual Institute on Not-for-Profit Law (April 29, 2015); "Federal and State Governance Rules (Inurement, Self-Dealing, Excess Benefit Transactions, Fiduciary Duties, and Compensation Matters)," PLI's Advising Nonprofit Organizations 2015 (January 29, 2015)