Andrew Schulz is a member of the American Bar Association (EO Committee, Tax Law Section) and the DC Bar Association.

Mr. Schulz is a frequent speaker at national conferences, including the American Bar Association, Georgetown Law Representing & Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations, the University of Texas School of Law Nonprofit Organizations Institute, and other national and regional events.

He is admitted to the bar in the states of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Adler & Colvin, Mr. Schulz served as General Counsel for New Venture Fund, where he provided guidance to the organization and its fiscally sponsored projects on a range of corporate governance, tax, advocacy, and other legal issues. Previously, Mr. Schulz served as General Counsel for Arabella Advisors, was the Executive Vice President at Foundation Source, and held several positions in the legal and public policy departments at the Council on Foundations.


Can a Family Member Personally Contribute to a Foundation Pledge?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

Absolutely. There are no rules about what family members can do to support the foundation’s work. So, if the foundation has pledged $10 million to Duke University to build a new basketball stadium, and that is clearly a binding pledge on the foundation, a family member may call up the school and says, “I was going to do this out… Read More

May Donors Accept Free Tickets Received Due to a Foundation Grant?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

A nonprofit has an exhibition that includes invitation-only receptions and preview parties. Individuals must become “sponsors” at a certain dollar level in order to attend these receptions and preview parties. A donor makes a grant to the nonprofit through their foundation that is equal to the sponsorship level. May the donor accept free tickets to these receptions and parties if… Read More

Are Nieces and Nephews Considered Disqualified Persons?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

Are nieces and nephews of board members, foundation founders, considered disqualified or are just the direct blood descendants disqualified? Nieces and nephews of board members are not considered to be disqualified persons; however, in the family foundation context, you also have to go back to who the substantial contributors were. For instance, your niece may be a direct bloodline of… Read More

If a Family Member is an Employee of a Non- Profit Funded by the Foundation, Does it Matter How Long the Person Has Worked There?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

If a family member is an employee of a non-profit funded by the foundation, does it make any difference how long the person has worked there? No, it really doesn’t. The only issue is if it appears on its face that the only reason you’re writing the grant is so your son will get hired by the non-profit. That would have… Read More

Can a Foundation Fund a Non-Profit Where a Family Member is Employed?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

Yes, as long as the grant isn’t earmarked for their compensation. However, consider an example where the total operating budget of the non-profit is $250,000, of which $100,000 is their compensation, and you provide a $200,000 grant. You’re really getting into an indirect self- dealing possibility where, as a matter of fact, you are paying their salary and it’s unavoidable… Read More

What Kinds of Financial Expenses Do Not Count Toward the 5% Payout?

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

With the exception of expenses for the management and product of income, all charitable expenses – including the cost of preparing the foundation’s 990-PF – count towards the payout. So, whether it’s rent, utilities, travel-related expenses, grants, contracts with consultants, or other such expenses – everything that you spend, other than investment management expenses, count towards the payout. The exception to… Read More

The 2014 Trustee Education Institute: An intensive seminar for family foundation trustees

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Glen Galaich, Virginia M. Esposito, Susan Crites Price, Ami Aronson, Andrew Schulz, Kelly Sweeney McShane, Kristin Pauly, Leonor Alfonso, Maegan Scott, Mary Phillips

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE 2014 AGENDA HERE – SEE SPEAKER LIST AND BIOS BELOW NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to all of the key legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members. Featuring a faculty made up of NCFP’s senior staff and highly respected philanthropy experts, this three day, intensive seminar will cover: What does… Read More