Biographical Information

Marty Martin
Nonprofit and business organizations operate in challenging environments which require knowledge and understanding of the complex interchanges among legal, leadership, management, policy, and regulatory demands. Operating at the convergence of these factors, Marty Martin provides a range of legal, training, and consulting services to nonprofit and business organizations. His goal is to help an organization’s leadership find optimal solutions to their needs by combining a unique combination of a lawyer’s skills, a nonprofit practitioner’s experience, and advanced training in nonprofit organizations.

Marty has experienced the life cycle of an organization from its founding through its closing. He has served as a board chairman for and worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations serving local, regional, state, and national constituencies. Some of their diverse issues include Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, juvenile justice, leadership development, lacrosse, and a university related foundation . As part of a bar association’s public service project, he co-founded an innovative nonprofit child care organization for which he was featured in Lawyer’s Weekly USA.

Marty Martin receives receives Commissioner’s
Award from IRS TEGE Commissioner Sunita Lough
Marty served on the national IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities. (See appointment announcement.) During his tenure he was a co-project leader and co-authored three ACT Report of Recommendations. He authored the ACT’s first “Concurrence, Dissent, and Additional Recommendation” comments and handed them directly to the IRS Commissioner before speaking with him about them during a public meeting in Washington, D.C. For his service he received the IRS TEGE “Commissioner’s Award” which is “the highest honor of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, and the highest honor [TEGE] can personally bestow.”

Marty received his law degree from Western New England School of Law and received a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in managing nonprofit and public sector organizations from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Unique among nonprofit practitioners world wide, he also has completed advanced training in nonprofit organizations through:

  • Harvard Business School’s Initiative on Social Enterprise
  • Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program
  • University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business Certificate in Social Sector Leadership
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • BoardSource

Click to learn more Training and speaking are an integral part of his practice. Marty is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer having completed a rigorous application and evaluation process before being educated in BoardSource’s training methodology and governance curriculums. He is currently a Lecturer in Nonprofit Studies at North Carolina State University where he teaches the capstone class for nonprofit minors.

Marty has presented more than 200 presentations to before diverse audiences and groups including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Business School, Duke University’s Fuqua Business School, Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Western New England University School of Law, UNC School of Law, North Carolina State University, Duke University’s Fuqua Business School, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, High Point University, Elon University, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, North Carolina Bankers Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and North Carolina’s Administrative Office of the Courts. For a full listing, see his Presentations page and Training page.

Marty is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and a Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) facilitator. He previously served as a Lecturer in Nonprofit Studies at North Carolina State University where he taught the “Capstone Seminar for Nonprofit Minors.”

He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and manuals on nonprofit organizations. For a complete listing, see his Publications page.


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