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Category Archives: IRS 1023 Application

Helping One-Eyed, Six-Toed Cats and More Money Than I Know What To Do With: Nonprofit Alternatives

I’ve made it a personal mission in the last several years to share the start-up experience, warts and all with people so they can make an informed decision. I don’t want to frighten folks, it’s just that nonprofits aren’t all just unrestricted grant funds and happy feelings. They are expensive, the structure can be cumbersome, …

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Epic Adventures and Random Thoughts

After a miserable, cold winter, summer’s heat and humidity are well set-in here in the mid-Atlantic! I’ve been off having adventures and full blog posts are hard to come by. Here’s a roundup of some of the random things that have been on my mind the last month or so! Do you really know what …

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You Can’t Pick Your Family…For Your Nonprofit Board?

“We are family!” says the Sly and the Family Stone song. People trust family and rely on those relationships. Family can be a springboard when you’re doing something big and need support, but do you want to include family on your board? Can you include family members on your board? Like most nonprofit questions, the …

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Is Your Organization Ready for Scrutiny?

Did you know that IRS code 501(c) has designations from 1 through 27 and then some?* I learned that a few years ago working on my certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management at UMUC. That is a mind-boggling number and it doesn’t even include the political parties and groups. The Chronicle of Philanthropy wrote a great …

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Nonprofit Start-Up: Reality Check

Not too long ago, I had a discussion with a friend about celebrity foundations. Neither of us could really figure out why celebrities started their own foundations rather than just supporting existing organizations and causes. Of course celebrities have access to cash and lawyers and the financial black hole that can be nonprofit start-up is …

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Starting a Nonprofit Series: Let the Fun Begin-Completing your IRS Application!

This is the fourth installment in the “Starting a Nonprofit Series” about starting a tax exempt organization. Your 1023 Application is one of the most time consuming steps to forming a nonprofit. This is the form that you file to seek approval to become recognized as a tax-exempt organization under the I.R.S. Code. Keep your …

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Starting a Nonprofit Series: Your By-laws, Your Backbone

This is the third in a series of posts describing the process of becoming a tax-exempt organization.   So you’ve decided to start a nonprofit. You’ve recruited a board, incorporated, and opened a bank account. What’s next? You need your organization’s backbone: By-laws. These are the foundation for how the organization will conduct business and …

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Starting a Nonprofit Series: The Paper Trail Begins

This is the second in a series of posts describing the process of becoming a tax-exempt organization.  You can find the first post here. So you’ve taken some time to really think about founding a nonprofit and have come the conclusion that your organization can fill a place that is not being served. What do …

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