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Business and Legal Considerations for Nonprofits Selecting Office Space

Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:30 am - 12:00 pm  ET
In-person | Atlanta, GA

For nonprofits, as for all businesses, the location where you operate plays an important role in how your organization will function and whether it will thrive.   When selecting a space and deciding whether to own or lease (and under what terms), it is all too easy to dive into a deal before fully considering your needs and possible risks.  In this seminar, our speakers will cover a broad range of considerations that all nonprofits should keep in mind as they make real estate decisions, including:

  • Aligning your real estate decisions to support your mission
  • Business and legal considerations of renting versus owning
  • The legal purchasing process
  • Risks of ownership unique to 501(c)(3)s
  • Key terms to watch out for in commercial leases

Speakers: Mack Heller, Commercial Real Estate Attorney, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

                 James Pitts, Managing Partner, Kellogg Partners Commercial Real Estate



James Pitts is Managing Broker of Kellogg Partners Commercial Real Estate. During his 16 years providing commercial real estate services James has completed complex consolidations, headquarters relocations and handled transactions on a national basis for Fortune 500 companies. James has provided strategic planning, master planning, complex transaction negotiations and transactional services for clients such as Coca Cola, Coca Cola Enterprises, EDS, GM, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, Mead Westvaco, Aon, MasterCard, Starwood Capital, Sun Microsystems, Willis, Mellon and Equifax. James has sold land and buildings (office, retail, and industrial) on behalf of companies, developers and banks such as Lehman Brothers, Zion Bank & Ocwen. James is highly proficient with complex financial analysis and real estate strategy. Additionally, James has a deep understanding of business strategy, financing and process and is able to translate those factors into actionable deliverables and results. James most recently served as Vice President/Executive Team Member with HJ Russell & Company and led the firm’s development and commercial real estate service practices.


Mack Heller is a Commercial Real Estate Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. She focuses on commercial real estate matters. She counsels developers, purchasers, sellers, commercial banks, pension fund administrators and corporate clients with respect to the development, purchase, sale and financing of various types of commercial property, including retail, mixed use, warehouse, manufacturing, industrial, multifamily, data centers and office projects. Mack also represents clients on joint venture negotiations and retail, office, industrial and data center leasing. Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland (US), Mack worked in the litigation and trial practice group of a large international law firm in Atlanta, where she handled a broad range of complex litigation including defending large companies in class actions.


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Space is limited. Register online with the form below or by calling (404) 880-0094. Registrants requiring ASL signers or other disability-related services are asked to contact the Foundation Center at least two weeks in advance.

Upon arrival, you will be required to present your ID to obtain a visitor pass. Valid forms of ID include a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or business card. Please plan to arrive early and stop at the Visitor Services desk in the main lobby to obtain a visitor pass.

Please arrive on time or your seat may be given away to others who are waiting to attend. If you need further information, please call (404) 880-0094.