Donald W. Kramer

Of Counsel

Donald W. Kramer serves as chair of Montgomery McCracken's Nonprofit Industry Group.

Don has more than 45 years of experience dealing with the concerns of nonprofit organizations, not only as a lawyer, but also as a teacher, writer, publisher, and board member. He has worked with nonprofits of all types and sizes, helping structure startup situations and restructure multiorganizational health and educational systems. He counsels on a wide range of nonprofit corporate structure and governance, private and community foundations, continuing care retirement communities, exempt organization taxation, low-income housing tax credit transactions, real estate, charitable giving, and other nonprofit issues.

Don has provided legal services to The Philadelphia Foundation for more than 40 years.

Don serves as the editor and publisher of Don Kramer's Nonprofit Issues®, a national newsletter of "Nonprofit Law You Need to Know," which he founded in 1989.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken in 1972, Don served as deputy development coordinator and assistant to the mayor of Philadelphia.

A graduate of Princeton University, Don received an A.B. degree with honors in 1960. At Princeton, he was chairman of The Daily Princetonian. In 1964, he earned an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Record.

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Selected Representations
  • Served as counsel to the Berwick Healthcare Corporation in the sale of a nonprofit hospital to the for-profit Community Health Systems as well as in the creation of the Berwick Health and Wellness Foundation, now known as Central Susquehanna Community Foundation
  • Assisted in the sale of the nonprofit Brandywine Hospital to Community Health Systems
  • Represented numerous nonprofit organizations in multiple matters of corporate restructuring to protect assets and centralize strategic planning and implementation
Selected Speaking Engagements
Selected Publications
Honors & Awards
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Nonprofit Organizations, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Non-Profit/Charities Law, 2012-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: “Lawyer of the Year” – Non-Profit/Charities Law

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Community Involvement

Don serves as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations. He has taught nonprofit law at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, the School of Social Policy and Practices at The University of Pennsylvania and Eastern University. He is the director of the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement and the Partnership for Philanthropies Planning of Greater Philadelphia. He also serves on the board of the Octavia Hill Association, a corporation providing housing primarily for moderate income families in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation.


Law School

  • Harvard Law School

Undergraduate School

  • Princeton University