Shirley McLaughlin

Associate, Adler & Colvin

Shirley McLaughlin is an Associate at Adler & Colvin where she specializes in Formation and Tax-Exempt Status, Public Charities, Private Foundations, Grantmaking and Social Investing, Social Enterprise, Nonprofit Structures, Relationships and Affiliations, and International Charitable Transactions and Operations.

Prior to joining Adler & Colvin, Ms. McLaughlin spent four years as a Director of Grants Administration for two of the largest community foundations in the country. In those roles, she was responsible for compliance with state and federal rules and regulations for public charity and donor advised fund distributions to charities and charitable projects around the world. This included extensive expenditure responsibility and public charity equivalency determinations, 501(h) lobbying and advocacy tracking and reporting, supporting organization grantmaking and due diligence, as well as evaluating other nonprofit compliance issues such as endowment restrictions, gift solicitations, fiscal sponsorships and designated funds.


2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and a faculty made up of donors, board members, and highly respected philanthropy experts, this virtual seminar covers: Translating values and goals into action Connecting family legacy and… Read More

Good Grants Gone Bad

Posted on November 6, 2020 by Shirley McLaughlin

Editor’s note: We encourage funders to adopt Trust-based philanthropy practices wherever possible, but still there are times when it’s necessary to reflect on your expectations and agreements with grantees. Most private family foundations are primarily grantmakers, furthering their charitable purposes by making grants to other 501(c)(3) nonprofits. This post discusses a few situations private foundation and other funders may encounter… Read More