Understanding International Charities
International charities have become an important part of humanitarian work done by Utahns, from individuals to large corporations. Although very similar in structure and organization to domestic charities, there are distinct considerations both in applying for tax-exempt status and protecting the deductibility of charitable contributions for donors. This program will focus on the key issues and important operational concerns when applying for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.
Speakers: Joseph Brubaker & Brent Andrewson of Kirton & McConkie, and Professor Christian Johnson
Joseph Brubaker is a member of the International section. He focuses on foreign direct investment, international trade and international dispute resolution.
Prior to joining Kirton McConkie, Mr. Brubaker worked at an international law firm in its Washington D.C., Paris, Tokyo and New York offices and served as counsel to the Republic of the Philippines, Romania, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Bulgaria. He represented the International Finance Corporation, the Bank of Costa Rica and the Bank of China as well as serving as counsel to financial institutions in Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Canada and Jordan. Mr. Brubaker has taught courses on international law as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He also served as a clerk at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France.
Brent Andrewsen is a member of the firm’s Corporate, and Tax and Estate Planning sections. His practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, gift taxation, tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts and planned giving. Mr. Andrewsen also has advised clients with respect to business matters and has assisted in forming various business entities and transactions. He is a frequent speaker on issues regarding tax-exempt organizations, planned giving, estate planning, and related topics. In addition to his professional work, he has sat on the boards of various charitable organizations over the years. Mr. Andrewsen has an AV PreeminentTM peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite and one of Mountain States Super Lawyer Rising Stars for estate planning. He was also honored by Utah Business magazine as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star.
Christian Johnson joined the S.J. Quinney law faculty in 2008 after serving 13 years at Loyola University Chicago Law School. He publishes extensively on corporate finance and derivatives, having written four books and more than 36 articles on these topics. Professor Johnson testified before Congress in 2009 on the regulation of derivatives. He has been a frequent speaker on the financial crisis and corporate finance at institutions including the IMF, the American Bar Association, the Futures Industry Association, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a variety of academic institutions abroad such as the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, Osgoode Law School and the University of Johannesburg. He has been a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and an academic consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Prior to joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Johnson was an associate for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, and Mayer, Brown in Chicago. As a student at Columbia Law School, he was the executive editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to law school, he was a C.P.A. with Price Waterhouse.