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Pro Bono Partnerships

I am really excited to write about the new relationships being forged between the Library, the nonprofit community and attorneys. Dayton is so lucky to have the services of two wonderful resources in the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP) which provides legal help to start up organizations and the Pro Bono Partnership (PBP) of Ohio.

lawDVLP will help founders of qualified nonprofits file the necessary paperwork to obtain a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt process!  They work with start-up nonprofit clients. Kelly Henrici can be reached at or at 937-461-3857.

The second volunteer organization is the Pro-Bono Partnership (PBP). This organization provides free legal help to qualifying nonprofits who have been in existence for at least two years. Both organizations work with nonprofits for whom hiring an attorney would be a hardship. They will provide “Legal Checkups” in order for nonprofits to see if they are headed down the road of potential problems by checking if all of their start-up paperwork is accessible and documents of historic importance are being retained by the nonprofit. This group can help you if you are in a dispute over a property line or if a very serious human resource issue is raised in your organization. You may reach PBP’s Veronica Tollefson at or call her at 513-977-4011.

You can come and meet these wonderful community volunteers at a couple of workshops this winter. Kelly Henrici of the  GDVLP will be holding a program at 10am on Monday, January 30 at 10 am and Veronica Tollefson and Erin Childs of  PBP will be holding their program “Does Your Organization Need a Legal Checkup?” at the Northwest Branch of Dayton Metro Library on February 22 at 2:30 pm.  Register today as these programs will fill up quickly.

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