Alyssa Fitzgerald is a counsel in the firm's Trusts and Estate Planning practice. She focuses her practice on advising tax-exempt organizations. She provides guidance to tax-exempt and taxable entities on a variety of issues ranging from formation, sale of assets, mergers, joint ventures and partnerships, foreign activities, political campaign activity and lobbying, charitable sales promotions and corporate sponsorship, planned giving and compliance with intermediate sanctions and self-dealing rules. Alyssa works extensively with public charities and private foundations. She joined Goodwin in 2006.
Alyssa is a current member and was the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Section from 2021-2023 and previously chaired the section’s Education and Fundamentals Committees. She played a key role on the Goodwin pro bono team that set up and obtained 501(c)(3) status for the One Fund Boston, an organization formed to benefit those most affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings and related events.
Boston University School of Law
- New Hampshire
Recognition & Awards
Alyssa has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for her work in Nonprofit / Charities Law 2022-2023 and Trust and Estates 2023.
Alyssa is a frequent speaker on charitable topics at continuing legal education seminars and training programs for nonprofit organizations. Her speaking engagements and publications include:
- Co-Chair and Presenter, “How to Build an Effective Nonprofit Board & Sustainable Budget,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., March 2023
- Presenter, “Representing Nonprofits BasicsPlus,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., June 2022
- Chair and Presenter, “Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., February 2021
- Presenter, “Political Activity by Nonprofits,” MSCPA Nonprofit Conference, January 2020
- Presenter, “Risk Assessment,” SVP Boston Board Governance COE Workshop Series, October 2019
- Presenter, “Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., March 2019
- Regular presenter of the Lawyers Clearinghouse “Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop,” 2010 to present
- Co-Author, “A ‘Watch-Out For Private Foundations Offering Prizes,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, May 2015
- Co-Author, “Eye on the Prize - and the Rules, How Private Foundations Need to Structure Their Prize Programs in Accordance with IRS Rules,” Advancing Philanthropy, Fall 2015