Will Fitzpatrick

Will Fitzpatrick

Principal, Will Fitzpatrick PC

As the principal of Will Fitzpatrick PC, Will is sought out by high net worth individuals, family offices, foundations and social entrepreneurs who wish to integrate their nonprofit and for-profit activities.
Sample client projects:

  • Advising high net worth individuals on the creation of philanthropies that allow an integrated approach to grant making and impact investing.
  • Guiding social entrepreneurs on the creation and legal implementation of structures that combine “for profit” and “nonprofit” activities and entities.
  • Structuring impact investment funds that allow for a combination of purely philanthropic and commercial investors.

For fifteen years, Will supported the creation of many of Pam and Pierre Omidyar’s philanthropic endeavors around the world. In 2005, he was instrumental in conceiving and implementing Omidyar Network’s novel legal structure. Combining a private foundation and a for-profit entity, Omidyar Network functions with an integrated governance structure, one mission, and one staff. Will served as general counsel, secretary and a founding board member of First Look Media and The Intercept, Pierre Omidyar’s reimagined approach to journalism for the digital age.

Will served as counsel to diverse tech companies, including Google, Electronic Arts, and OpsWare, among others. Will is a member of the U.S. Program Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch, and the Advisory Council for the International Center for Nonprofit Law. A frequent public speaker, Will is a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.

Will worked for Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative, providing post-conviction legal assistance to death row inmates and working on issues around race and poverty. He clerked for Judge Myron Thompson of the U.S. District Court in Alabama. Will earned his JD from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in American history and literature. He is licensed to practice law in California and New York.


Going Beyond the Private Foundation: An Exploration of Vehicles

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Mark Newhouse, Eric Stephenson, Sharon Schneider, Will Fitzpatrick

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The practice of family philanthropy is evolving and so too are the structures that social impact practitioners employ to accomplish their objectives. However, a number of questions remain on the minds of philanthropic families. What are the available vehicles that promote social impact? How do families leverage multiple vehicles successfully? What is the role of a private foundation in relation… Read More
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Rapid Response Funding Partnerships in the Fight Against SARS-CoV-2

Posted on March 31, 2020 by Will Fitzpatrick

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As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, philanthropists are struggling to respond. Nearly the entire world suddenly has the same urgent needs: more and better diagnostic testing, personal protective and respiratory equipment, food supply support, and small business support, to name a critical few. At the same time, we are beginning to see huge systemic flaws in our national and global healthcare system… Read More

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