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Robin Krause

Robin Krause



  • Tax-Exempt Organizations

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Robin Krause is a Partner in 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 serves as the Co-Chair of the Private Foundations Subcommittee of the Exempt Organizations section of the American Bar Association 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 and is member of the Board of Directors of MyFace.  She lectures regularly and her speaking engagements include:

  • Advancing Foundation Archives, Advocacy, Strategies and Solutions ( June 2019)
  • King Badouin Foundation United States (May 2019: Tax-Efficient Giving in the United States)
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law Nonprofit Organizations Institute  (2018: Disaster Relief: What a Nonprofit Needs to Know When Disaster Hits Your Community)
  • Ford Foundation and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (2017: Arts and Advocacy:  Navigating Lobbying, Political Activity and the First Amendment in 2017 – Lobbying and Political Activity: Best Practices for NonProfits)
  • Georgetown Law Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations (2016: Advanced Self Dealing Issues)
  • American Bar Association, Tax-Exempt Organizations Sub-Committee (2016: Donor Advised Funds: Priority Issues for Regulatory Guidance)
  • Nonprofit Organizations Institute, University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2016: Roles of the CEO, CFO and GC: Managing the Relationship between the Executive Branch, Finance and Legal)

Bar Admissions

  • New York


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

State Attorneys General | Tax-Exempt Organizations

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

MEMBERSHIPS: 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); Lecturer.


A New Tool for Anti-Bribery Compliance Program: ISO 37001
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, October 2016

Recently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted a new set of voluntary standards, designated as ISO 37001, to assist organizations in their ongoing fight against bribery. As a result of recent increases in the enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) and, notwithstanding the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Resource Guide to the U.S...

Additional Articles

  • Co-Author, "Demystifying Program Related Investments," New York University Conference on Tax Planning for Exempt Organizations


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