Barbara Rhomberg

Barbara Rhomberg, a partner in Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP, has over a decade of experience representing nonprofit organizations and their charitable donors on the unique legal issues of the nonprofit sector, including forming nonprofit organizations and obtaining tax-exempt status, planned and charitable giving, limits on lobbying campaign intervention for exempt organizations, grant compliance, endowments and donor-restricted funds, and nonprofit corporate governance.

Before launching her own practice in 2012, Barbara was an attorney in the University of California’s Office of General Counsel, representing the University on charitable giving matters and advising on the use of endowment funds.

She practiced nonprofit and tax-exempt law for over six years at the San Francisco law firm of Adler & Colvin, where she handled the formation, dissolution, and merger of nonprofit organizations; helped new nonprofits obtain tax-exempt status; drafted charitable trusts; and advised nonprofit organizations on governance matters, planned and charitable giving, unrelated business income tax, lobbying and political activities, grantmaking, and the various requirements and restrictions applicable to public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations.

She also spent two years at Greene, Radovsky, Maloney, Share, & Hennigh LLP, where she practiced general tax and business law. Before law school, Barbara worked as a nonprofit administrator at the Sierra Club Foundation and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, and was an aide to an Oakland city councilwoman.

Barbara worked as an adjunct professor for several years at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she taught a course on nonprofit organization law. She has also taught nonprofit law to students in USF’s Master of Nonprofit Administration program, and spoken at conferences on a wide range of topics, from gift acceptance policies to charitable deduction rules to ballot measure committees. A selected list of Barbara’s speaking engagements is below.

Barbara serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Planned Giving Council and is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association, the American Bar Association, the Peninsula Estate Planning Council, and the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Board of California. She is admitted to practice law in California.

Barbara received her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2000, graduating in the top ten percent of her class. She received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Endowment Law, Nonprofit Organizations Standing Committee of the State Bar of California Business Law Section (2017)

Tax Law Issues for Campaign Finance Counsel, California Political Attorneys Association (2017)

On Second Thought: Changing the Purpose of Yesterday’s Gifts, National Conference on Planned Giving, Dallas (2016)

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits, California Society of Nonprofits, San Jose (2015)

Fundamentals of the Income Tax Charitable Deduction, Northern California Planned Giving Council (2015)

Title to Assets: How your Donor’s Form of Ownership Affects Planned Giving, Northern California Planned Giving Council, San Francisco (2013)

Gift Acceptance Policies, Northern California Planned Giving Council, San Francisco (2012)

Grantmaking Legal Issues, Bay Area Fiscal & Administrative Officers Group, San Francisco (2012)

The Roots of Corporate Personhood in Statutory Law, “Money Out / Voters In” Conference, Los Angeles (2012)

Endowment Law, author, presented to the Nonprofit Organizations Standing Committee of the State Bar of California Business Law Section, September 2017

Changing the Purpose on Past Charitable Gifts, author, Planned Giving Today, April 2017

On Second Thought: Changing the Purpose of Yesterday’s Gifts, author, presented at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, October, 2016

The Roots of Corporate Personhood in Statutory Law, author, presented at the Money Out / Voters In Conference at UCLA School of Law, November, 2012

Gift Acceptance Policies — Why, When, What, How, and Who, author, Charitable Gift Planning News, March 2007

Constitutional Issues Cloud the Gift Taxation of Section 501(c)(4) Contributions, author, Taxation of Exempts, January / February 2004, at p.164

The Law Remains Unsettled on Gift Taxation of Section 501(c)(4) Contributions, Taxation of Exempts, author, September / October 2003, at p.62

The Private Foundation’s Guide to the California Initiative Process, co-author (published by Northern California Grantmakers 2003)

A Revisionist History of Housing Pioneers: The Expanding Reach of Private Benefit Doctrine, author, 9 J. Affordable Housing & Community Development Law 369 (2000)

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