Short Answer: Yes
Long Answer: People get confused when working with churches, charities, co-ops, charter schools, and other non-profit organizations. Since these entities are not organized to make a profit and operate like a business, and generally serves the public good, people wonder whether the entity is protected against mechanics lien filings. The answer is simply no. These entities are treated like any other organization.
We explored this issue very briefly 2 years ago in The Difference Between Public and Private Projects. Unlike the subject of this post – whether a lien can be filed against a non-profit – the subject of that post was distinguishing between public improvements and private improvements. Non-profits were mentioned as one type of construction project that causes some confusion in making this determination:
Be very careful when performing work on a private school (i.e. private university) or for a non-profit agency, and even large public corporations. We sometimes think of these types of organizations as “public” agencies, but that does not necessarily render them a “public construction project.” Usually, such a designation is reserved for land and projects owned by the federal or state government.
While some folks many not be confused about the public or private nature of a non-profit organization, they are still sometimes in doubt as to whether such a non-profit can be liened. Mechanics lien laws may differ from state to state, but nationwide there are no prohibitions against filing a mechanics lien against a non-profit. Non-profits can be liened, sued and adversely pursued like any other organization.