nonprofit organiztion

Discussion in 'Communal Living' started by erowid, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. erowid

    erowid Member

    I was wondering if anyone knew what you actual had to do to become a nonprofit organization?
     
  2. dilligaf

    dilligaf Banned

    yea,,, but
    i fergot ,,, ummmmmmm
    lol lookit up online,,,,
    or i could ,,, but am too lazy rite now,,,n if you did then you could remind me:D
    :)
     
  3. erowid

    erowid Member

    I did but I was wondering what u have to do to create one involving the organizations purpose being sustainable living? would it just be like a community help organization?
     
  4. dilligaf

    dilligaf Banned

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh,,,,ummmmmmmmmmm mannnnnnnnnnnnnnn;) i can look and holler back,,,, too be honest i am a bit past ummmmm high flow brain rate activities at the moment,,, n would prolly give you the wrong info n all n then would feel bad fer doin so when i realized how dumb i had been;)
     
  5. erowid

    erowid Member

    right on:rolleyes:

    I just finally got to looking over your sight by the way, and I have to say way to be on that mission statement, thats the kind of philosophy I love to see, liberation from the basterds of babylon is key.
     
  6. rabbit801

    rabbit801 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    hey chad, we are going to be doing the same thing, so i asked our friend in N.C. who is already doing it and i have copied her response here for you, keep in touch buddy: check out our forum on yahoo, there is a link on our site
    www.co-operativeeffort.com ---all our respect-rabbit


    Ok, this is how I've launched this nonprofit. I sat
    down and did a visioning process for about two solid
    weeks. Then I did almost four solid months of research
    concerning every aspect of nonprofit organization,
    management, and survival. Then I spent about two weeks
    hammering out our corporate constitution, our mission
    statements, a brief rough draft of our bylaws, a
    strategic plan, an estimated budget with fiscal
    management plans, descriptions of our proposed
    programs and activities, our explicit goals,
    measurable objectives, and instruments for assessment
    and evaluation. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I
    tell you this because this is the information required
    to complete the 501c3 papers. Most nonprofits wait
    about 15 months to establish themselves so they can
    report a solid record of success, which makes 501c3
    approval much more likely.

    You have to decide for yourself what your ultimate
    goals way down the road are in order to determine if
    501c3 is for you. It's certainly not a necessary thing
    to do. The most important situation where you would
    benefit from this status is if you have some big
    benefactors and/or fundraisers, like if you're going
    to shoot above the $250,000 mark.

    I foresee us not only acquiring valuable resources
    including land and vehicles, but also eventually
    becoming a Foundation that receives large grants and
    then kicks them down as smaller grants to empower
    grassroots community building, Rainbow style projects,
    and much more.

    I have all the information I need to file for 501c3
    status, but I'm saving it until I have filed some tax
    forms, assembled a Board of Directors, hired Officers
    and staff, and all that. I simply filed our Articles
    of Incorporation with the NC Secretary of State, filed
    to Register our Business Name, got and Employee
    Identification Number, used that number to open a bank
    account for the nonprofit, and filed various other
    piddly, beauracratic forms they require here.

    If you know any nice lawyers, especially if they're
    experienced with nonprofit law, then they'd probably
    advise you for free as part of their public service
    requirement they oblige themselves to when they take
    their oaths. We just walked into an office right off
    the street and it turned out really well.

    I hope this helps you. I would just begin searching on
    the Internet with the key words "nonprofit" and
    "501c3". You'll be barraged with a wealth of
    information, all of it good as far as I can see. Take
    care and take it easy friends.
     
  7. There should be some info on your state's website as far as technicalities go, probably in the secretary of state section. I just started a for profit corporation in colorado and remember seeing some of the non-profit info around.
     
  8. good info!
     
  9. revdevon

    revdevon Member

    you may want to check into your state laws ...not sure on the current laws but i know at one time .... it wa listed that a non-profit org. and a church was also able to have a for profit business as long as profits were shown to go to said org. ... and also a church has even more perks.... as long as your an ordained minister and have a church charter all of which can be obtained through ULC ... then even big brother cannot enter a church even with warrant ... lmao
     

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