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  • How to Start a Non-Profit//07

    Opening a Bank Account and Establishing Check Signing Procedures Opening a bank account and establishing check signing procedures can be a very involved and risky venture. For my corporation, because it is so small, and most donations are gifts-in kind or money. I plan to be the only person handling money in my organization with a […]

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    How to obtain an EIN Number Once your corporation is established and you have bylaws, policies and procedures in place, the next step is to file an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for tax purposes, even if you plan on filing for tax exempt status. Any 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization is able to deduct their contributions […]

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    Writing Bylaws & Board Policies Writing bylaws for a not-for-profit takes a great deal of research and patience. “Many small organizations don’t have bylaws, but that’s a mistake” (Sollenberger, 2008, p. 26). While it is definitely in the corporation’s best interest to work with an attorney, it is not necessary to have the attorney draft […]

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    Developing the Mission Statement Developing a vision and mission statement is crucial for the success of any not-for-profit. The community needs to understand what service the organization is providing or what niche the organization is filling. Some characteristics of a good vision are statements that are: Brief Verifiable Focused Understandable to the community at large […]

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    The Board of Directors “The Board of Directors plays a pertinent role in determining a company’s social performance” (Bai, 2013, p. 174). In this article, a study was conducted that concludes evidence that board characteristics such as board independence, diversity, number of women on the board, stock ownership (if applicable) and whether or not board […]

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    Certificate of Incorporation There are eight parts or “paragraphs” to the Certificate of Incorporation to be filed for a not-for-profit corporation in New York State. The most important information to know before attempting to fill out this form is: What is the name of the not-for-profit corporation going to be What is the purpose of […]