History

The Colorado Nonprofit Legal Center incorporated in Colorado on April 30, 2019. Founder Katie Thomas shares why she left her coveted position as Corporate Counsel for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to form the CNLC:

“After experiencing several deeply personal losses in 2018 and early 2019, I took a hard look at my life. I felt lost and wondered what the point of life is. Through months of introspection, I found my life’s purpose. I realized that I get the most meaning from life by helping others. I then began brainstorming ways to increase the number of people I assist each year.

Teaching is one of the ways I help others. I made the decision to say yes to any teaching opportunity that arises, whether that be at the University of Denver, Colorado Free University, or another school. By teaching students the skills they need to be successful and offering my support after they leave my class, I can positively influence the world on a much larger scale than if I wasn’t teaching.

The second part of my plan to help a greater number of people was the formation of the Colorado Nonprofit Legal Center. The CNLC will enable me to assist nonprofits operating in Colorado with governance and legal issues on a much broader scale than I could working for a single nonprofit. Most nonprofits can’t afford legal services, but have many areas where legal advice would enable them to save money over the long run. My hope is that the Colorado Nonprofit Legal Center can touch every nonprofit in Colorado, allowing each nonprofit to spend more money on mission driven activities. Since making the decision to start CNLC, my happiness has increased exponentially and I know that no matter what life throws at me, I am doing everything I can to make the world a better place.”