Lewis Kappes
Representing Businesses And Individuals

Lewis Kappes

Non-Profit Law


Providing Sound Advice For The Formulation And Maintenance Of Tax Exempt Status

Lewis Kappes provides complete and comprehensive legal services to non-profit organizations and boards of directors as well as to individuals, families, corporations and institutions involved with charitable organizations and giving. Our non-profit attorneys advise and assist nonprofit organizations on a broad range of general matters including:

  • Business planning: business formation, partnerships, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and general business contract negotiation
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Tax planning and filings, unrelated business income tax, excise tax, charitable deductions, and communications with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Representation during business litigation
  • Charitable gaming regulations and filings
  • Securities and municipal bonds
  • Labor, employment, and volunteer labor issues
  • Charitable giving plans

Indianapolis Nonprofit Organizations Lawyers

Lewis Kappes recognizes the importance of effective board participation and offers non-profit clients the unique service of comprehensive board training which covers areas specific to each organization's needs and charitable purposes and also includes training in the areas of:

  • Federal and state nonprofit regulations
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements for tax exempt status
  • Corporate compliance
  • Director and officer liability
  • Avoiding intermediate sanctions for private inurement and private benefit
  • Handling conflicts of interest
  • Protecting tax-exempt status
  • Ethics

Lewis Kappes attorneys represent a wide variety of not-for-profit clients including museums, health care facilities, churches, fraternal organizations, and public charities. Some of our clients include:

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • The Madame Walker Urban Life Center
  • Faculty for Higher Education
  • Indiana Industrial Energy Consumers Inc.
  • American Cabaret Theatre
  • Central Indiana Neighborhood Health Centers
  • Indiana Health Centers
  • Shalom Health Care Center
  • Club Atolinga


Members of the Lewis Kappes not-for-profit team have served non-profit organizations in various capacities including service as in-house general counsel, counsel to the board of directors, executive officers, governing board members, and trustees. Some of the organizations served by Lewis Kappes attorneys include:

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Indianapolis Committee of Foreign Relations
  • American Cabaret Theatre
  • Indiana Arts Commission
  • IUPUI School of Liberal Arts
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Forum of International Professional Services

If we can provide you or your organization with additional information or assistance call 317-639-1210 or contact us. Our Indianapolis non-profit organizations lawyers serve organization with interests in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, as well as Bloomington, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Gary, and Evansville.



Our Team

David W. Gray


Alexander Carlisle


Thomas R. Ruge


Matthew Tarkington


Kasey Polk