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Celebrating 20 years of service to the nonprofit community!

Our story

Sandra Pfau Englund founded Pfau Englund Nonprofit Law, P.C. in March 1993 shortly after her first child, Drew, was

born. In the past twenty years Sandy has added a daughter and another son to the family, and developed a nation-wide

and international practice assisting nonprofit organizations.  Son Drew is entering law school this fall (2014).


Sandy had her "aha moment" about working for tax-exempt organizations as a third year law student at George

Washington University when she took a course from adjunct professor, Bruce Hopkins, author of the "Bible" of

tax-exempt law, The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations. Sandy has assisted hundreds of organizations apply for and obtain

501(c)(3) tax-exemption and provides ongoing legal counsel to a wide variety of nonprofits from international "friends of"

fundraising organizations to organizations involved in education, environment, technology, health and much more.


What makes us different?

Pfau Englund Nonprofit Law is a small firm that provides personalized service to our clients. We think our law firm is a little different than most because:

1) We tell you our fees up front.  Many services, like 501c3 applications (Form 1023 or 1023EZ), are provided for a flat fee. 

Our rule - no surprises when you get your bill!

2) We stand behind our work.  For 501c3 or other start-ups this means our fees include responding to IRS questions

about the Form 1023, 1023EZ or 1024 we draft for you. We don't just fill in the blanks.

3) We want you to call or email.  We don't charge for telephone calls or email questions about our services. We

charge our clients only for the services they request, and keep our billable time under control. We know what it means

to be a nonprofit!


Send us an email or give us a call.  Let's see if our firm is a good fit for you.

Contact Sandy
PH:  703.304.1204



We're here to help!



Sandy is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia.  Her practice is otherwise limited to representing clients before federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Use of this website is voluntary and accessing it does not create an attorney-client relationship with our firm. Before an attorney-client relationship is created we must discuss your matter with you and engage in a written agreement signed by you and our firm.




Animal rescues
Providing low-cost ($995) nonprofit

start-up program for new rescue groups. Includes IRS ($400) and state (approx $100) filing fees. 

Small nonprofits - $995 flat fee pkg

Nonprofits with gross income of $50,000 or less/year
eligible for IRS Form 1023EZ. Includes IRS ($400) and state (approx $100) filing fees. 


School support/booster clubs

Immediate 501(c)(3) tax status with PBUSA membership.



"In-house" legal concierge service
Similar to the new trend in medical boutique practices,

our firm is offering a limited number of retainers to nonprofit organizations that want the personal attention of an assigned attorney who will respond quickly to their

needs at an affordable price.  Just like having an

in-house attorney at much less cost.                          













Sandy Pfau Englund


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