About Saskia

Saskia de Boer advises tax-exempt organizations and businesses regarding the federal and state rules that regulate the charitable sector. As the former managing director and senior program counsel for a multibillion-dollar national private operating foundation, Saskia has a particular appreciation for the complex regulatory environment and business challenges faced by nonprofits. Saskia counsels management and boards of public charities, private foundations, advocacy organizations, trade associations, and business corporations on a wide range of compliance matters and strategic issues. She has substantial experience with governance, complex collaborations, public-private partnerships, advocacy, and political activities. Combining her passion for community with her management background and legal expertise, Saskia provides her clients with incomparable strategic vision to manage risk while maximizing charitable intent and impact.

Saskia is co-leader of Stoel Rives’ Health Care & Education Industry Group.

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Saskia provides proactive counsel to help mission-driven organizations achieve their vision and successfully navigate and operate among federal and state requirements and restrictions. Her experience includes:

  • Advise boards on governance and fiduciary responsibilities of directors and officers
  • Structure multi-party collaborations among nonprofits with the same tax-exempt status or different tax-exempt statuses, and between nonprofits and for-profit entities; form public-private partnerships
  • Develop full suite of governance documents and operations policies and procedures
  • Create federal and state advocacy frameworks; advise on lobbying, political activities, ballot measures and election-year activities
  • Provide counsel on all key stages in life-cycle of organizations: form nonprofit corporations and obtain tax-exempt status; create fiscal sponsorships and affiliated organizations; prepare merger and dissolution materials
  • Develop and negotiate collaboration agreements with all 50 states and with sovereign American Indian nations and Alaska Native corporations and communities
  • Conduct preemptive legal audits to identify areas of noncompliance and risk
  • Represent organizations in IRS and state Attorney General audits
  • Provide counsel to businesses to create corporate giving programs and foundations that fulfill their goals of charitable intent, community involvement and effective marketing
  • Counsel donors and recipients regarding grant-making, fundraising, and charitable solicitation registration
  • Advise on risk management for organizations that provide services, conduct research, and collect and share de-identified and identifiable data
  • Work with boards of tax-exempt organizations to develop strategic plan, define mission and establish benchmarks
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Nonprofit / Charities Law), 2022
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Nonprofit Law), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008–2009
  • Recipient of “Light a Fire Award” for Extraordinary Board Member from Portland Monthly magazine

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Portland Center Stage
  • Board Member, James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation
  • Recent Member, Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee
  • Former Board Chair and Member of Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood Columbia/Willamette
  • Past Member of Board of Directors, Creative Advocacy Network
  • Former Member, Hillsboro Library Foundation Board of Directors
  • Pro bono adviser for several nonprofit organizations
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

Saskia has given several presentations on subjects related to tax-exempt organizations. She is a frequent presenter on hot topics related to the unique issues faced by nonprofits.

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