Thank you for visiting this site that features many resource books that help people understand the elements of the law of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

Here's a quick bio about my experience of practicing law and writing about this field for 50 years.

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Bruce R. Hopkins practices law in Kansas City, Missouri, representing nonprofit organizations. He is a professor from practice at the University of Kansas School of Law. During his 50 years of law practice, Hopkins has written more than 40 books on nonprofit law subjects. Hopkins also writes a monthly newsletter, now in its 36th year. On the lighter side, Hopkins writes poetry focused on nonprofit law and has written a memoir sharing his experience of returning to law school to earn his SJD after the age of 70. 

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  • S.J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2016

  • LL.M., Taxation, George Washington University 
    National Law Center, 1971


  • J.D., George Washington University
    National Law Center, 1967


  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1964

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1969

  • Missouri, 1999


On this site, you will find the resources of my Nonprofit Law Resource Center. The purpose of the Center is to provide substantive information concerning developing law of interest and concern to nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is placed on the federal tax law concerning tax exemption matters, charitable giving, and fundraising regulation.

The principal feature in the Center is a set of current developments outlines. They summarize current developments in the fields of tax exemption law, unrelated business, private foundations, charitable giving, and other developments. 



Principal, Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, Kansas City, MO

  • Practicing nonprofit law for more than 50 years

  • Published books and newsletters on nonprofit and tax law
    Newsletter is in its 36th year


  • Professor from Practice, University of Kansas School of Law

  • Expert witness in over 30 cases

  • 2007 Recipient of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award (Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award) American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Nonprofit Corporations

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofit Organizations, Charity Law, 2007-2020

  • Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel (newsletter) won a 2009 award from The Newsletter on Newsletters for best technical article (published in the September 2008 issue)

  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell


  • American Bar Association, Past Chair, Committee on Exempt Organizations, Section on Taxation

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Past Chair, Section of Taxation