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Maura L. Whelan

Maura L. Whelan

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Maura Whelan is a member of the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Practice. She advises private foundations, public charities and social welfare organizations on structural and operating issues, including formation and governance, as well as domestic and international grantmaking. Maura also counsels donors on charitable gift planning and structuring. In addition, she advises institutions on investments in a wide variety of vehicles, including mission- and program-related investments and other private and public market investments.

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  • Harvard Law School, 2010 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Georgetown University, 2005 A.B.
    magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • New York 2011

Maura Whelan is Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she practices in the Exempt Organizations Department.  Maura advises private foundations, public charities, social welfare organizations and trade associations on a wide variety of structural and operational issues, including formation, governance and ongoing compliance with the tax rules applicable to tax-exempt organizations.  Maura has significant experience working with grantmaking organizations – including private foundations, sponsoring organizations of donor advised funds, “American friends of” organizations and social welfare organizations – to structure and implement complex domestic and international grantmaking programs.  Maura counsels both individual and corporate donors in philanthropic planning and structuring.  Maura represents endowed universities, foundations, hospitals, cultural institutions and other institutional investors, including family offices, in the review and negotiation of documentation relating to alternative investments.  In addition, Maura represents charitable and social welfare organizations in connection with social impact and mission- and program-related investments.

Maura is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Exempt Organizations Committee and previously served as Secretary of that committee.  Maura also is a member of the New York City Bar Association Non-Profit Organizations Committee and the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee of New York’s Government Relations Committee. Maura regularly speaks and writes on topics of relevance to exempt organizations.

Maura earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude.  She earned her A.B. from Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  

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