John Sare is a partner in the tax-exempt organizations practice and the trusts and estates group of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Mr. Sare has extensive experience in the representation of museums, colleges, private foundations and other types of exempt organizations. Mr. Sare also advises individuals and fiduciaries on legal issues involving works of art, charitable giving, estate planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. He taught the Seminar in Law and the Visual Arts at the Columbia University School of Law from 2001 until 2011 and is a co-author of Estate Planning for Artists and Authors and Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation.


How Purpose and Mission Interplay

Posted on October 29, 2002 by John Sare

This short case study illustrates the interplay of a private foundation’s legally non-binding mission statement and the legally binding statement of purposes contained in a foundation’s governing instrument… Read More

Facing Important Legal Issues

Posted on October 28, 2002 by John Sare

This chapter from 'Splendid Legacy' covers a wide variety of important legal issues for family foundations getting started, including: defining your foundation's charitable purposes; obtaining recognition of tax-exempt status; and selected the assets that will fund the foundation. … Read More

A Foundation Cannot Pay a Personal Gift Pledge

Posted on October 20, 2002 by John Sare

Foundations may not pay the personal charitable pledge of a family member, trustee, or other ‘disqualified person,’ which includes certain relatives and staff members. Once any disqualified person makes a personal pledge, it becomes a personal debt or liability. Using private foundation to use foundation assets to satisfy the per’sonal obligation of a disqualified person is an act of self-dealing… Read More

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