Carrie Garber Siegrist counsels nonprofit tax-exempt organizations on a full range of legal matters including corporate and tax exemption issues. She works with public charities, trade associations, social welfare organizations and private foundations. Carrie also works with growing and established nonprofit organizations as outside general counsel on tax, governance, contracting and operations issues while leveraging Faegre Baker Daniels’ extensive legal team to provide solutions to meet clients’ legal needs.

Nonprofit Expertise

Carrie collaborates with clients on matters such as:
  • Forming new entities and applying for recognition of tax-exempt status
  • Developing governance structures, including drafting and revising bylaws and corporate policies
  • Analyzing the permissibility of lobbying and issue advocacy campaigns
  • Evaluating programs for unrelated business income tax liability
  • Advising on the federal tax status implications of certain activities including the monetization of assets
  • Conducting transactions with for-profit organizations
  • Utilizing affiliated and subsidiary structures
  • Funding innovative research ventures
  • Responding to the IRS and state charity regulators during investigations
  • Providing guidance on international operations and philanthropy

Social Enterprise Expertise

Carrie also works with social enterprise organizations, including those using new legal structures to pursue mission-driven work, and nonprofit organizations engaged in social impact investing and program related investments.

Past Experience

Carrie has a rich understanding of nonprofit organizations from her background working in-house at the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, co-founding and leading Cambodia’s Children Education Fund, teaching nonprofit law, and serving with the Public International Law and Policy Group. Prior to law school, Carrie taught fifth grade in The Bronx through Teach for America.

Faculty Positions

  • American University Washington College of Law — Adjunct Professor of Law in Nonprofit Law

Services & Industries


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court


American University Washington College of Law
J.D. cum laude, Moot Court Honor Society (2010)

Bank Street College of Education
M.S.Ed. in General Childhood Education (2007)

Bates College
B.A. in Political Economy of Labor (2005)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • International Nonprofit Operations: Key Legal Considerations 
    Foundation Center, August 8, 2018
  • Teaching Tax: Incorporating the New ABA Teaching Standards Into the Tax Curriculum
    American Bar Association Section on Taxation May Meeting, 2017
  • Self-Dealing and the Duty of Loyalty: Revisiting the Sibley Hospital Case
    Council on Foundations Annual Meeting, 2016

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Business Law Section, Nonprofit Organizations Subcommittee, Trade Association and Professional Organizations Subcommittee (Vice-Chair); Taxation Section, Exempt Organizations Subcommittee
  • District of Columbia Bar Association — Taxation Community; Tax-Exempt Organizations Community

Civic Activities

  • Del Ray Montessori School — Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Cambodia’s Children Education Fund – Co-Founder, Board of Directors 2007-14
  • Teach For America, New York City 2005-07 
  • Teachers Across Borders 2006, 2007 
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