Professional Advisors

Elizabeth Manchester: Guiding nonprofits through the storm

Of COVID-19 and its impact on nonprofits, Liz says, “There’s a lot of concern about how they’re going to come out of it...Nonprofits are trying to plan for the future in the best way possible."

“The big things for nonprofits now (amidst the COVID-19 pandemic) are to be resilient, to minimize risk, and to make certain their employees are safe,” says Elizabeth “Liz” Manchester, Esq., Counsel at Partridge Snow & Hahn where she is chair of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group.

“There’s a lot of concern about how they’re going to come out of it,” says Liz, whose work with nonprofit organizations usually centers on such things as compliance, charitable gift planning, and estate giving strategies.

“Since the onset of COVID-19, there have been questions about the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans, and employment issues, such as furloughing. Nonprofits are trying to plan for the future in the best way possible. They’re looking at different ways to diversify their fundraising and many are looking at endowments as a way to better support their organizations,” Liz explains.

She brings a unique perspective to her work, having both legal expertise and experience working in the nonprofit sector. “I’ve been in their shoes and sat on their side of the desk. I know the unique issues of working at nonprofits and understand the complexities,” Liz shares.

A graduate of Providence College where she earned both an undergraduate degree and a Master of Business Administration, Liz earned her law degree at Northeastern University School of Law. She practiced law locally for five years before transitioning to higher education, first at Brown University, then Providence College. At PC, she served as director of planned giving, while also opening and managing her own law practice, Manchester Law. She has been with Partridge Snow & Hahn since 2018.

“There are not many lawyers locally who have both the legal expertise and the experience of working internally at nonprofits. It gives me a unique perspective, a real niche, and it lets me do what I love to do most – advise nonprofits about charitable giving and planned giving.”

- Elizabeth Manchester, Esq.

Liz joined the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC) last December. She also is president of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island and chair of the board of Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts.