Bruce R. Hopkins practices in the field of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. His clients include charitable and educational organizations, associations, colleges, universities, hospitals, other health care providers, religious organizations, business and professional associations, and private foundations. Many nonprofit organizations retain Mr. Hopkins as general counsel; others use his services as special tax and/or fundraising counsel.

Nonprofit organizations work with Mr. Hopkins to establish and qualify for tax exemption and to establish and operate charitable and fundraising programs. Mr. Hopkins advises on matters such as public charity/private foundation qualification, intermediate sanctions, lobbying, political activities, the unrelated business income rules, and nonprofit involvement in partnerships and other joint ventures. Collateral areas of law, such as postal laws and charitable fundraising regulation, are also part of Mr. Hopkins’ practice.

Bruce R. Hopkins has served as an expert witness in over 30 cases.

Career Highlights

     Principal, Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, Kansas City, MO

     Practicing nonprofit law for over 45 years

     Published books and newsletters on nonprofit and tax law issues 

     Professor From Practice, University of Kansas School of Law

     2007 Recipient of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award (Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award) American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Nonprofit Corporations

     Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofit Organizations, Charity Law, 2007-2016

     Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel (newsletter) won a 2009 award from The Newsletter on Newsletters for best technical article (published in the September 2008 issue)

     AV Rated Martindale Hubbell


     American Bar Association, Past Chair, Committee on Exempt Organizations, Section on Taxation

     National Association of College and University Attorneys, Past Chair, Section of Taxation

Related Experience

     Presenter at many annual conferences and seminars, including --

          Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

          Private Foundations Tax Seminar, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO

     Past Chair (for 12 years), Georgetown University Law Center annual conference on Representing and Managing Tax-   Exempt Organizations

     Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington University National Law Center, 1972-1991


Author or co-author of the following books: 

     The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations (11th ed. 2015)

     Planning Guide for The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations: Strategies and Commentaries (2004)

     The Tax Law of Charitable Giving (5th ed. 2013, 2015 supp.)

     The Law of Fundraising (5th ed. 2014)

     Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Law Dictionary (2015)

     Tax-Exempt Organizations and Constitutional Law: Nonproift Law as Shaped by the U.S. Supreme Court (2012)

     Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Law Library (e-book) (2013)

     Nonprofit Governance: Law, Practices and Trends (2009) [with Virginia C. Gross]

     IRS Audits of Tax-Exempt Organizations: Policies, Practices and Procedures (2008) 

     Starting and Managing A Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide (6th ed. 2013)

     The New Form 990: Law, Policy and Preparation (2009) [with Douglas K. Anning, Virginia C. Gross, Thomas      J. Schenkelberg]

     Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance (4th ed. 2014,  2015 supp.) [with Jody Blazek]

     The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations (4th ed. 2013) [with Thomas K. Hyatt]

     Nonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities: Essential Questions and Answers for Officers, Directors, and Advisors (2011) [with Virginia C. Gross and Thomas J. Schenckelberg]

     Nonprofit Law for Religious Organizations: Essential Questions and Answers (2008) [with David O. Middlebrook]

     The Tax Law of Unrelated Business for Nonprofit Organizations (2005)

     The Tax Law of Associations (2006)

     Nonprofit Law Made Easy (2005)

     Charitable Giving Law Made Easy (2007)

     Private Foundation Law Made Easy (2008)

     Fundraising Law Made Easy (2009)

     The Nonprofits’ Guide to Internet Communications Law (2003)

     The Law of Intermediate Sanctions: A Guide for Nonprofits (2003) 

     650 Essential Nonprofit Law Questions Answered (2005)

     The Legal Answer Book for Private Foundations (2002) [with Jody Blazek]

     The Legal Answer Book for Nonprofit Organizations (1996)

     The Second Legal Anwer Book for Nonprofit Organizations (1999)

     The First Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers (2000)

     The Second Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers (2000)

     Legal Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards (2nd ed. 2009)

Author of the monthly newsletter, Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel (now in its 33rd year)


     S.J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2016

     LL.M., Taxation, George Washington University National Law Center, 1971

     J.D., George Washington University National Law Center, 1967

     B.A., University of Michigan, 1964

Bar Admissions

     District of Columbia, 1969

     Missouri, 1999