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jess birken photoHi, I’m Jess Birken.

I am the owner of Birken Law Office, I help nonprofits solve problems so they can quit worrying and get back to what matters most – The Work. I’m not like most attorneys, I actually have an outgoing personality, and – like you – I like to think outside the box. Most of my clients are passionate and have an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m like that too. My goal is to help you crush it. Getting bogged down in the minutia sucks the joy out of the important work. My clients want to do the work – not the paperwork.

My Credentials

  • BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2001)
  • JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (2007)
  • MA, Nonprofit Management, Hamline University (2010)
  • Certified Transformative Mediator
  • Want more? Check out my LinkedIn profile.

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Will Cut Cut Cut Tax Bill change nonprofit donor giving?

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Why cash basis is dangerous for nonprofit accounting

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Who owns a nonprofit?

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Where does nonprofit money come from?

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When to stop using cash basis and switch to accrual?

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When does a nonprofit need work comp insurance?

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What's the Statement of Functional Expenses (And what is it good for?)

What’s the Statement of Functional Expenses (And what is it good for?)

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What’s a Trademark (and when do you need it?)

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What is the nonprofit balance sheet and income statement?

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What is Nonprofit Directors and Officers Insurance?

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What is General Liability insurance and why a nonprofit needs it?

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What is employment practices liability insurance and when do you need it?

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What if people say my nonprofit idea sucks

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Trademarks – How does it work?

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Trademark vs Copyright – what’s the difference?

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Top 5 Trademark Mistakes Startups Make

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Start Nonprofit To Avoid Biz Costs and Liability

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Start a Nonprofit to Make Yourself Money

Start a Nonprofit to Make Yourself Money

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Setting up a chart of accounts? Avoid these mistakes!

Setting up a chart of accounts? Avoid these mistakes!

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Secret Real First Step to Start a Nonprofit (Hint: it’s NOT incorporating)

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Pro-Tip: How To Start a Successful Nonprofit (HINT, it’s in the programming)

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Nonprofits – you didn’t know you needed this insurance!

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Nonprofit Top Tip: Successful Fundraising

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Nonprofit Public Finance Director on working with Jess Birken

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Nonprofit Fundraising Fake News

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Most Insane Donor Database Method Ever

Most Insane Donor Database Method Ever

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Most Insane Donor Database Method Ever

Most Insane Donor Database Method Ever

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Insurance for company cars and volunteers driving

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Insurance for buildings and equipment

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How to make sure your nonprofit volunteers are covered by insurance

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Help! I got a cease & desist letter – now what?!

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Haunted Nonprofit Halloween

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Founder’s Roadmap Outtakes!

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Cash v Accrual – whats the difference?

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Brad Pitt’s Nonprofit Got Sued – And Yours Can Too

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Are Give to the Max Day and state-wide giving days good?

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#1 Tip You Need to Know to Start a Successful Nonprofit

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