Cynthia Rowland is a partner in Farella Braun + Martel’s Exempt Organizations and Family Wealth Groups. Ms. Rowland has extensive experience in tax and corporate law, and she has a special focus on charitable giving arrangements and complex structures for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
Ms. Rowland enjoys helping high-net-worth individuals and families achieve personal and family business, charitable, philanthropic and community objectives. She has successfully obtained federal and state tax exempt status for a broad range of charitable organizations, including public charities, private foundations, museums, educational institutions, animal welfare associations, trade associations and churches. She has assisted charitable organizations in all aspects of their missions, including entity formation, business transactions and grant agreements, regulatory compliance matters, and mergers and dissolutions.
Ms. Rowland counsels trustees and directors of charitable organizations on fiduciary and tax issues, including those raised by actual and potential conflicts of interest, regulatory investigations and audits, as well as issues raised by settlement of complex litigation involving the fiduciaries and/or a charitable organization.
Ms. Rowland has obtained numerous favorable private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service for her clients related to complex federal tax issues. She also has experience with the federal tax whistleblower procedures.
Ms. Rowland is a frequent lecturer on nonprofit and tax topics and co-authors three chapters in the California CEB Treatise “Advising California Nonprofit Corporations.” She serves as a member of Farella’s five-person Advisory Board, which provides long-term strategic direction for the firm.