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Robin Krause

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

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Tax-Exempt Organizations


Robin Krause is a partner and Chair of the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Department. Ms. Krause has extensive experience in the representation of public charities, private foundations, and other 501(c) organizations including social welfare organizations and trade associations. Her practice focuses on governance and tax matters, international grantmaking and operations, program-related investing, donor-advised funds, and state and federal regulatory matters. Ms. Krause also has facilitated Board reviews of governance and accountability issues, provides training on lobbying activities for public charities and private foundations, and advises investment and audit committees on current issues. Ms. Krause also advises individuals and corporations on charitable giving and philanthropic planning and represents a number of corporate foundations.

Ms. Krause lectures regularly and was most recently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Center of Philanthropy and the Law at New York University. She has served on the Advisory Boards for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Guide to Mission Related Investing and Foundation Strategy Group’s Initiative on the Law of Mission Related Investing.


Admitted in New York


Advisory Board of the National Center of Philanthropy and the Law at New York University (2013-2016); American Bar Association (Committee on Tax Exempt Organizations, Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Private Foundations); Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State Bar Association; Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation (1997-2015); Director, Pro Mujer, an international women's micro-finance organization (1997-2001)


J.D., 1990, New York University School of Law; B.A., 1985, New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


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Robin Krause - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Within: Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)

New York-based Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has 'deep knowledge of non-profit issues' and is commended for its 'broader commitment to the field of philanthropy and the charitable sector'. Robin Krause ('a great thought partner for complex tax and legal problems') and Tomer Inbar jointly lead the five-partner group, which also includes John Sare ('an expert in art issues'), Laura Butzel, and recently promoted partner Megan Bell. Non-profit is a dedicated industry sector for the 200-lawyer firm, which services the sectors across all of its legal departments, such as corporate, employment, tax, real estate, and litigation. Recent highlights include advising a group of private foundations on the establishment of an investment fund vehicle to raise capital for pooled program-related investments. Key clients include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Wildlife Conversation Society, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Teach for America.

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