Starting a Nonprofit: Articles of Incorporation and Specific Purpose Statements

It is generally required that a nonprofit’s Articles of Incorporation or other organizing document state the general purpose(s) of the corporation. For example, the Articles of a California nonprofit public benefit corporation must include the following statements verbatim: “This corporation is a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and is not organized for the private gain of […]

Starting a Nonprofit: What is “educational” under 501(c)(3)?

A 501(c)(3) organization may be organized and operated exclusively in furtherance of an educational purpose, but it is unclear to many startups what qualifies as educational. The first place to look is Treasury Regulation Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(3), which provides that educational relates to: (a) The instruction or training of the individual for the purpose of improving or […]

Legal Issues Facing Nonprofit Start-Up Organizations – Foundation Center, San Francisco

Yesterday, Gene and I presented at the Foundation Center in San Francisco on “Legal Issues Facing Nonprofit Start-Up Organizations.” Setting up and operating a successful nonprofit is challenging but possible under the right circumstances. Below we’ve highlighted some of the key steps and issues to consider prior to formation for determining whether a new nonprofit is […]

Legal Issues Facing Nonprofit Start-Up Organizations – August 17

Emily and I will be presenting a program on legal issues facing nonprofit start-up organizations at the Foundation Center – San Francisco on Wednesday, August 17, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Register here – it's free! Our topics will include: Fiscal sponsorship and other alternatives to starting a nonprofit organization Incorporating with the state Applying […]

Nonprofit Radio: So You Wanna Start a Nonprofit

We had a great time today on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio conversing with Tony about starting a nonprofit and alternatives worth considering.  You can listen to a recorded version here or check it out (in a few days) on ITunes. Here are some links on the subject you may also find helpful: 10 Keys to Starting a […]

Nonprofit Startups and the Value of a Nonprofit Attorney

Insightful founders of new ventures understand the value of involving legal counsel in the early stages of planning.  A knowledgeable attorney can identify issues, opportunities, and threats which allows founders to react appropriately as they plan the organizational and operational structures.  As a result, investing in legal assistance at the outset can help to avoid […]