On November 2, 2017, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio will be announced a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership with the law firm of Luper Neidenthal & Logan (“LNL”) to provide legal counsel for all 51 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the State of Ohio.
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing locally and globally by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income families in need. Habitat is not only heavily dependent upon volunteers but also discounted professional services from reputable firms. Habitat for Humanity and LNL are working together to provide the first statewide legal services partnership in the country specifically designed for Habitat affiliates. This partnership will create tremendous value for Habitat affiliates and help them serve more families.
“Don’t let Habitat’s not-for-profit status fool you,” said Brett Renzenbrink, a Shareholder at LNL. “Habitat is a complex organization, has a wide spectrum of legal needs, and maintains an additional layer of complexity due to a core mission of empowering HFH Partner Families.”
Partnership is a not a new concept to Habitat, which partners with Habitat families and provides support in many facets of its families’ lives, but partnership with a law firm is a new concept for them.
Ryan Miller, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, discussed choosing LNL: “LNL exemplifies an unwavering commitment to improve Ohio communities through meaningful partnerships with nonprofit organizations. We are fortunate to partner with LNL – and offer statewide legal services to 51 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Ohio. This partnership will streamline our operations and subsequently serve more Ohio families.”
LNL, likewise, is no stranger to strategic alliances. LNL is the mid-Ohio affiliate law firm of Meritas, a global organization dedicated to providing shared services and resources, as well as vetting law firms in each locality across the country and beyond. “LNL has an emphasis on community engagement. Our relationship with other high-caliber Meritas firms who have similar priorities will enable us to provide maximum benefit to Habitat’s 51 Chapters. I could see this partnership serving as a proof of concept to be replicated across the country,” said Renzenbrink.
Set to launch after the organization’s annual conference in November, the “statewide legal services” platform will have LNL offering a full suite of legal services to each Habitat affiliate in Ohio. Furthermore, LNL will offer licensed legal documents for Habitat affiliates to use for all aspects of their operations. With the ever changing regulations related to the nonprofit sector, this partnership will ensure operational excellence for the Habitat for Humanity ministry in Ohio.
Please visit www.habitatohio.org for more information.