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 Tom Silk, left, and Greg Colvin at Sea Ranch on the Northern Calif. coast, 1992. Photo: Betsy Adler


Tom Silk, pioneer in our field, 1937-2022

Fiscal sponsorship has lost a giant of our sector, Tom Silk, who died Jan. 25. In 1981, Silk founded Adler & Colvin, a firm whose early work pioneered best practices in nonprofit, tax-exempt law and whose knowledge of the field, carried on by Silk’s successors, remains vast.

Greg Colvin, Silk’s decades-long law partner, has just posted a personal remembrance of his friend and colleague — “a bright spirit” — on his website. 

And on a recent Zoom forum of fiscal sponsors nationwide, Colvin, who retired from Adler & Colvin in 2019, told the group that Silk was “a mentor to me and an inspiration for how to get these things done.”

Marjorie Beggs is the Directory’s editor