Megan Bell advises clients in the tax-exempt sector on a wide range of issues, including formation and restructuring; general tax compliance and corporate governance; fundraising; complex gifts and collaborative funding arrangements; internal and regulatory inquiries; domestic and international grantmaking and partnerships; investments (both generally and impact-focused); lobbying and political campaign activities; and the structuring and ongoing maintenance of multi-vehicle initiatives.
As part of this work, Megan advises clients in structuring complex asset contributions and grants, leveraging vehicles and structures to maximize philanthropic impact and manage compliance, and investing in, owning and operating, and disposing of for-profit activities. She represents US and international tax-exempt organizations such as public charities, including donor-advised fund sponsoring organizations and supporting organizations; private foundations, including company foundations and private operating foundations; social welfare organizations; business leagues and trade associations; and agricultural organizations, among others. She also represents for-profit entities engaging in corporate philanthropy, volunteer programs, and joint ventures with tax-exempt organizations, and individuals planning and structuring their philanthropic activities.
Megan speaks at conferences for and about non-profit organizations on a range of topics. Most recently, she has spoken about donor-advised funds, structuring advocacy activities, collaborative funding and capital aggregation, Internal Revenue Service audits, and private foundation grantmaking.
New York University School of Law, 2010, LL.M.
Northwestern University School of Law, 2004, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, Senior Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
Mount Holyoke College, 2001, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Clerkship to Judge Richard C. Tallman of the US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit (2004 - 2005)
Awards and Affiliations
Next Generation Partner, Tax: Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations), The Legal 500 US (2022, 2023)
Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
Member, American Bar Association, Committee on Tax Exempt Organizations