Brigit Kavanagh

Brigit Kavanagh is a partner in Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP and for over a decade has focused on the laws of nonprofit organizations and charitable gift planning, advising charities, foundations, and their donors on nonprofit tax, trust, and corporate law.

EXPERIENCE
Prior to launching Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP in 2016, Brigit practiced with the San Francisco law firm of Adler & Colvin, handling a range of matters for public charities, private foundations, and charitable donors.

Brigit has expertise in complex private foundation matters, such as set asides, out of corpus distributions, program related investments, and international grant-making, as well as public charities and charitable gift planning matters, such as endowments, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, donor advised funds, and supporting organizations.

Prior to attending law school, Brigit was the director of the land acquisitions and education programs for Save-the-Redwoods League in San Francisco. Brigit also served as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Cameroon, where she taught English.

TEACHING AND SPEAKING
Brigit is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University, where she co-teaches Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving in the LLM in Taxation program. She is also a frequent speaker on topics such as charitable gift planning, endowments, and many aspects of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. A selected list of Brigit’s recent speaking engagements is below.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Brigit serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and the Northern California Planned Giving Council. She is also member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council, the Marin County Estate Planning Council, and the San Francisco Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in California.

EDUCATION
Brigit holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and B.A. from the University of Virginia in French Language and Literature. Brigit also holds a certificate to teach English as a foreign language to adults, administered by the Royal Society for the Arts and Cambridge University (currently known as the Cambridge CELTA).

SPEAKING
2017
Investing for Impact in the 21st Century: Standards of Prudence for Nonprofit Organizations, U.S. Trust Bank of America Webcast (Webcast link here)

Personalities of Philanthropy, Professional Advisors Event at City National Bank, San Francisco

Employment and Compensation: Staying Safe and Sane, CalCPA Not-for-profit annual conference (reasonable compensation and charitable trust), San Francisco

Dividing Philanthropy on Dissolution of Marriage, Stanford-Silicon Valley Community Foundation Conference on Charitable Giving, Palo Alto

Donor Advised Funds, Private  Foundations, Supporting Organizations, and the “Charitable LLC”, helping your donor chose the right vehicle, consortium of conservation organizations, donors, and professional advisors, Mill Valley

Dividing Philanthropy on Dissolution of Marriage, Advisors in Philanthropy annual conference, Costa Mesa

Dividing Philanthropy on Dissolution of Marriage, Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco

Expenditure Responsibility and Grant making for Private Foundations, private client event

2016
Donor Advised Funds, Supporting Organizations, and Private Foundations – Leveraging Impact; California Academy of Sciences and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco

Donor Advised Funds and Supporting Organizations; National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, Dallas

The “Other” Grantmakers – Donor Advised Funds and Supporting Organizations; Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable Annual Conference, Portland

Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities; Conference on Charitable Giving (Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Stanford University’s Office of Planned Giving), Palo Alto

Donor Advised Funds; Northern California Planned Giving Counsel, San Francisco

Diving into Endowments: UPMIFA and More; US Trust / Bank of America, Webinar

2015
Charitable Gift Annuities; Northern California Planned Giving Council, San Francisco

Conflicts of Interest; California Council of Land Trusts, Oakland

Charitable Remainder Trusts: Are they Hot or Not?; California Academy of Sciences and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco

Choosing the Right Vehicle for your Donor’s Philanthropy; Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable, Portland

2014
Primer on Donor Advised Funds, Supporting Organizations, and Private Foundations; East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, Oakland

Primer on Donor Advised Funds, Supporting Organizations, and Private Foundations; Bar Association of San Francisco, Estate Planning Section, San Francisco

2013 and prior (selected)
The Genius is In!; Council on Foundations’ Family Philanthropy Conference, San Jose

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act; Northern California Planned Giving Council Annual Conference, San Francisco

Charitable Gift Annuities; Northern California Planned Giving Council Annual Conference, San Francisco

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act; Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable Annual Conference, Portland

Starting a Planned Giving Program; California Council of Land Trusts, Webinar 

PUBLICATIONS
How Private Operating Foundations Use Program-Related Investments as Qualifying Distributions, Taxation of Exempts, July/August 2017

Why Donor Advised Funds and Supporting Organizations are a Gift Planner’s Friend, co-author, presented at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, October 2016

Dividing Philanthropy on Dissolution of Marriage, co-author, Family Law News, State Bar of California, September 2016

Philanthropic Partnerships Using the “Out of Corpus” Rules, co-author, Taxation of Exempts, May/June 2010

Contributing and Update author, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), treatises on California Estate Planning, Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts, and California Will Drafting.

The publications and materials on this website are for general informational purposes only. They are not guaranteed to be up-to-date, and are not a substitute for legal counsel. You should not rely on any legal information provided on this website without seeking the advice of an attorney regarding the facts of your specific situation.