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Ryan Waggoner helps nonprofit organizations navigate tax laws and increase impact.

He practices exclusively in the nonprofit space and serves as outside counsel to a broad base of tax exempt organizations, in the United States and around the globe, including:
  • Private foundations
  • Public charities
  • Corporate foundations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Churches, synagogues and mosques
  • Trade associations
  • Labor unions
  • Political organizations
  • Economic development and quasi-governmental entities
  • Scientific and research institutions
  • Foreign-based charities
Ryan works with exempt organizations on a host of governance, tax, operational and compliance issues, including:
  • Corporate formation and tax exemption
  • Impact investing, including philanthropic venture funds, program related investments (“PRIs”) and mission related investments (“MRIs”)
  • Unrelated business income (“UBI”)
  • Risk mitigation strategies, including the creation of corporate subsidiaries to isolate risk-enhancing activities
  • Lobbying and political activities, including the creation and management of related Code Section 501(c)(4) organizations and political action committees
  • Joint ventures and other partnership structures between exempt organizations and for-profit corporations
  • Economic development projects and public-private partnerships involving charitable entities
  • International grantmaking and other cross-border transactions
  • Commercial co-venturing
  • Executive compensation, related-party transactions and compliance with the IRS intermediate sanctions rules
Ryan also works with benefit corporations, where he advises on formation, operation and continued compliance. He counsels benefit directors on their statutory duties, helps prepare annual shareholder benefit reports and supports benefit corporations through national accreditation processes.

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Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart, Amber. They live in Franklin, Indiana and are blessed to be raising their children, Clark and Caroline, in their hometown. Ryan and Amber are members of Emmanuel Church. 

A proud first-generation college graduate, Ryan founded Franklin Community First Scholars, a mentoring program designed to connect high school students with college graduates in the community. In November 2018, Ryan was elected to the Franklin Community School Board, becoming the youngest person to ever serve in that office. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Central Nine Career Center, a vocational and technical high school in Johnson County. 
Inside the Firm, Ryan serves on the Ice Miller Recruiting Committee, the Community Involvement Committee, and the Ice Miller Foundation. He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Butler University. He was Butler's student body president and received the Most Outstanding Male Student award. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California.
Speaking Engagements
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Profit with a Purpose - 2019 Indianapolis CLE Forum
  • Basics on Estate Planning - Indiana State Police Retirement Conference
  • How to Not Lose Your Tax Exemption - Johnson County Foundation Nonprofit Symposium
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