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                             Sandra Pfau Englund: Founder of Pfau Englund Nonprofit Law,
                             PC, Alexandria, VA
                             [By Jen Woods]
                             Unlike most people, Sandra Pfau Englund actually looks forward to going to work. “I must say I love what I do,” said
                             Englund, founder of Pfau Englund Nonprofit Law, PC. Her law firm provides legal services to a variety of nonprofit

Englund said her job is fulfilling because “the     Nonprofits that have paid staff also have         third year in law school [when] there was an
majority of the people who run nonprofit groups     to deal with many of the same employee            elective class that I could take in nonprofits,”
have very strong ethics and are really out          issues that for-profit companies do. “Those       she said. “I think it’s still an area, a growing
there trying to improve the world, and they’re      that have a staff of any size have the regular    area, and people should go for it,” she said.
a wonderful group to work with.” Englund,           employment issues that any employer may
whose parents were always very active in            have between employment contracts or              Englund is admitted in the District of Columbia
the community, said she admires the shared          employee handbooks,” Englund said.                and Virginia. Before establishing her law
mission of many nonprofit groups. “Most                                                               practice, Englund served as an attorney with
nonprofits are out there trying to make our         Englund’s firm also helps nonprofits              a nonprofit law firm and as a senior manager
society better in one way or another,” she said.    coordinate fundraising activities. “Most          of a major scientific association. Englund
                                                    of them [nonprofits] have fundraising             earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern
Her job allows her the flexibility to balance       registration and fundraising requirements         Michigan University and both her law degree
her time at work and home. “I’ve been able to       and forms that have to be filled out. And         and master’s degree in public administration
build a nationwide practice, [...] raise three      nonprofits come to us with what they can and      from George Washington University. She is a
children, and now homeschool my children,           can’t do in respect to fundraising,” she said.    member of the Virginia, District of Columbia,
and [I’ve] be[en] able to do all of that at one                                                       and Ohio bars.
time and work with really wonderful people,”        Englund’s firm provides legal services to
she said.                                           all types of nonprofits, including parent         Englund is also active with the American
                                                    groups. The firm specializes in parent            Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Another appealing aspect of the job, she            teacher organizations, parent booster             and the Greater Washington Society of
said, is that nonprofits don’t have a lot of        groups, and athletic booster groups, which        Association Executives (GWSAE). She writes
emergencies that require immediate action.          are traditionally run by volunteers. “And so      for both ASAE’s and GWSAE’s magazines
“But that doesn’t mean I’m not stressed, and        we have set up two websites, and       and has given presentations at ASAE’s
I don’t have things to do for my clients, and I, which both are catered to      management conferences. In addition,
don’t have exceedingly busy days,” she added.       that particular part of the market,” she said.    she has chaired GWSAE’s Congressional
                                                                                                      Breakfast and the Virginia subcommittee of
Nonprofit groups seek legal counsel for             Pfau Englund Nonprofit Law’s website              its Government Affairs Committee.
a number of reasons. Englund explained              offers a wide array of legal information,
that new organizations, for instance, need          including fundraising tips, frequently asked      ON THE NET
help getting incorporated as nonprofit              IRS questions, and links to other leading
corporations and attaining federal tax              nonprofit sites. “I think we have a fairly big    Pfau Englund Nonprofit Law, PC
exemption status.                                   presence on the Internet, and so a lot of new
                                                    nonprofits come to us, and we assist them,”
Established nonprofits require ongoing legal        she said.                                         The Internet Site for Parent Teacher
help, especially with contracts. “Nonprofit                                                           Organizations
groups often have meetings, conferences,            Englund encourages young lawyers who    
educational workshops...and to hold those           are passionate about nonprofit groups
they need to have a contact with a hotel            and interested in helping them to consider        Parent Booster USA
or another facility to have the meeting,”           careers as nonprofit lawyers. “I didn’t know
Englund said.                                       anything about this area of law until my


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