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Starting a nonprofit organization can be an inspiring way to give back to your community and help those in need. However, it is important to understand all of the steps involved in this process before moving forward. Growing and sustaining a nonprofit may take years of effort and a great deal of determination.
The information provided here is intended to offer general guidance on how to form a nonprofit organization. Please note that specific steps may vary for each state, and we recommend consulting with a legal or tax professional for detailed assistance.
Step 1: Do Your Homework
Conduct a needs analysis. Find out if organizations (nonprofit, for-profit, or government) are already doing the same or similar work in your community. It will be harder to get support if you are just duplicating existing services, versus improving or adding to them.
Also find demographic or population data that shows a need for your services, and explain how that need is not being met. Where can I find demographic information about my community?
Know the alternatives. Forming a new nonprofit might be the most complicated way to act on your passion to serve your community. The biggest challenge for most new nonprofits is to develop and maintain reliable income streams. Estimates vary, but most experts agree that less than half of nonprofit startups survive beyond five years. Of those that survive, perhaps one-third are in financial distress.
Consider alternatives that can let you essentially operate as a nonprofit but with far less effort and cost. Thus, you can focus your efforts on serving your community right now while you develop experience and support that will serve you well if you eventually decide to form a separate organization.
Step 2: Build a Solid Foundation
- Draft your mission statement. Developing your mission statement is a critical first step. It communicates your nonprofit’s purpose, what groups it serves, and how it will serve them. Every decision and action in your organization should support and further your mission. Where can I learn about nonprofit mission statements?
Step 3: Incorporate Your Nonprofit
Why should you incorporate?
- Having a formal structure will give credibility to your programs and services.
- The corporate structure limits the liability of the organization’s officers and directors.
- The IRS requires organizing documents and governance policies and procedures that are usually associated with corporations.
Learn more about how to incorporate your nonprofit. Filings and fees will vary by state. Also note, incorporation registers your nonprofit, but it does not make it 501(c)(3) exempt.
Step 4: File for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status
Apply for exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Be aware, the user fee will be $400 or $850, depending on whether you expect your average annual gross receipts to exceed $10,000 annually over a four-year period. It also can take 3-12 months for the IRS to return its decision, depending on how many questions the IRS has about your application. Where can I get help filling out my incorporation and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) paperwork?
Step 5: Ongoing Compliance
- Register with your state’s agency that regulates charitable organizations and charitable solicitations (usually the Attorney General). If you plan to solicit contributions in other states, you will need to register there, too. Again, registration requirements will vary with each state. Learn more:
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Wine Country Nonprofits Act Fast and in Ways Only They Can
The terrible fires in Northern California remind us of the importance of emergency preparedness, and the importance of on-the-ground networks that can respond to what can’t be prepared for. We’re inspired by these stories, a few examples among many, of nonprofits at work.
Spanish speakers are grateful for the social media and mobile feeds of Sonoma’s La Luz Center.
La Luz Center is a primary hub for Spanish language information on fire-related resources and evacuations. They’re also seeking monetary donations to support the current and future needs of their Latino community clients whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by the fires. They use these funds to help clients apply for disaster unemployment, individual assistance disaster relief funds, and rental assistance referrals and job placement referrals.
La Luz, a family resource center founded to serve the Latino community — especially monolingual Spanish speakers — opened their center to everyone in the area in need of help as a result of the fires. They’ve also been distributing supplies and serving daily hot meals to fire-impacted community members.
2017 Legislative wrap-up: victories, cliffhangers, and question marks
October 19, 2017 – This has been a year of turmoil, from the unprecedented shifts in national politics to horrific natural disasters, both here and abroad. As many nonprofits have been working tirelessly on these urgent matters, CalNonprofits has been focused primarily on that narrow but crucial band of issues that crosses all the nonprofit subsectors: issues such as regulation, contracting, nonprofit employment, and filing requirements.
Because this was the first year of a two-year legislative cycle, some bills did not pass out of the state legislature this year, but instead will carry into next year. That’s what happened with AB 1250, a serious threat to nonprofit-government contracting. It was a nail-biting finish that went into the wee hours of the last night of the legislative session. And it was a true example of our collective power, with more than 300 nonprofits joining together to persuade the Senate to push the pause button on AB 1250, at least for now.
That was an important and hopeful step, but we’re not done. We’re already preparing our strategy on AB 1250 for next year’s legislative session. We can be proud that our collective efforts have made a difference for nonprofits – and the people and communities we serve – throughout the state.
Tax Reform isn’t just about the charitable deduction: How it affects you, your community, and your nonprofit
Breaking news: Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) has just introduced the Universal Charitable Giving Act of 2017 (H.R. 3988), which would allow people who do not itemize their tax returns to take a charitable deduction, with the amount capped at a third of the standard deduction. The details of this bill are likely to change, so stay tuned.
The budget resolution that the House of Representatives approved last week sets up a procedure for fast-track consideration of tax legislation, enabling the Senate to pass a tax plan with just 51 votes, rather than 60 votes typically required for such controversial legislation.
Tax reform is a big deal and it’s complicated. We have a glimpse of what’s in store in the White House’s Unified Framework for Fixing the Broken Tax Code, a broad outline of proposed changes for both individual and corporate taxes.
We don’t have all the details yet and we don’t understand some of what we have seen. But we do know that it will affect all of us in a variety of ways. Here are some things Californians and California nonprofits may want to pay attention to as the tax reform debate unfolds.
The proposed tax reform package might not reduce your personal income taxes, or at least not as much as you may have hoped.
On Sunday, September 25, OCA activists joined Greenpeace teams in the U.S. and Mexico to participate in Bimbo’s Global Energy Race. We dressed as bees and crossed the finish lines in Long Beach, Calif. Mexico City and Philadelphia with banners that read: “Bimbo, Cut the Pesticides!”
If we had been protesting a Monsanto or Bayer event, people immediately would have understood the bee costumes. Most people who have paid attention to the news about disappearing bees know that pesticides manufactured by these agro-chemical companies are contributing to bee deaths.
But we were targeting Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company. So spectators and fellow runners wondered what was up with the bee outfits. (Our Mexico City team got a lot more than questions. They were tackled to the ground as they crossed the finish line with their banners).
We explained that, agro-chemical companies like Monsanto Bayer aren’t going to stop making bee-killing pesticides unless food companies like Bimbo stop driving their use. If a company like Bimbo were to clean up its supply chain and stop using ingredients from crops raised with bee-killing pesticides, it would go a long way to addressing colony collapse disorder (not to mention environmental pollution and human health problems).
September 20, 2016
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul
It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons.
Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects.
Groups like the Farmers Union, Food Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still doing their mating dance).
Predictably, the corporate heads of state last week promoted the proposed $66-billion deal as an altruistic plan to improve “the lives of growers and people around the world.” This week, they told Senate Judiciary Committee members that the merger “is needed to meet a rising food demand.”
Is anyone out there still buying the line that Monsanto and Bayer are in the business of feeding the world? When the evidence says otherwise?
Even if that claim weren’t ludicrous, who thinks it’s a good idea to entrust the job of “feeding the world” to the likes of Bayer, a company that as part of the I.G. Farben cartel in the 1940s produced the poison gas for the Nazi concentration camps, and more recently sold HIV-infected drugs to parents of haemophiliacs in foreign countries, causing thousands of children to die of AIDS?
Last year, The American Egg Board (AEB) was caught in the act trying to sabotage Hampton Creek, a company that markets a plant-based egg-free alternative and a product called “Just Mayo,” an egg-free mayonnaise. Board members view Hampton Creek as a threat to the $5.5-billion-a-year egg industry.
A series of emails, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) revealed the details of AEB’s vendetta against Hampton Creek and its CEO, Josh Tetrick. (Michele Simon, Eat Drink Politics, reported on the emails, including one in which Mike Sencer, executive vice president of AEB member Hidden Villa Ranch, wrote: “Can we pool our money and put a hit on him [Tetrick]?”).
Now, some of the largest U.S. food producers and their lobbyists, want Congress to shield groups like AEB from FOIA requests. With help from their friends in the U.S. House of Representatives, they’ve attached a rider to the House agricultural appropriations bill that would exempt groups like AEB from FOIA requests.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Representative to Stop Big Food’s “Secrecy” Rider!
September 13, 2016
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul
“This is one celebration you don’t want to miss!”
That’s the message leaders of the Organic Trade Association (aka the Organic “Traitors” Association) sent their members recently, in an email inviting them to the OTA’s 2016 Leadership Awards Celebration at Expo East in Baltimore.
Here’s one thing that OCA and organic consumers will not be celebrating—the fact that the OTA’s “Organic Elite” conspired with Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to overturn Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law, and ensure that food companies will never be required to reveal GMO r eveal GMO ingredients in their products, using clear, on-package labels.
As consumers, we think a lot about food brands and food companies, and pay little if any attention to the associations and lobbying groups that represent those brands and companies. If we think about them at all, we aren’t surprised when groups like the infamous Grocery Manufacturers Association spend millions, illegally, to block GMO labeling laws so they can protect the profits of junk food manufacturers.
We expect better of the OTA. But at the end of the day, when Monsanto’s minions in Congress were on the verge of losing, and consumers were on the verge of winning, it was the bureaucrats at the OTA who stabbed us in the back on GMO labeling.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your favorite organic brands and ask them to stand with you—not Monsanto and Big Food, and not the back-stabbing bureaucrats of the Organic “Traitors” Association!
You buy organic eggs for any number of reasons, probably related to not wanting to support factory farms that mistreat chickens, pollute the environment and produce eggs that are nutritionally inferior.
Unfortunately, not all organic eggs are created equal. You may be surprised to learn that most of the retail grocery chain store-brand “organic” eggs actually come from huge factory farm-type operations that routinely violate USDA National Organic Program (NOP) rules.
How do these companies get away with running fake “organic” egg operations?
In theory, USDA standards for organic eggs dictate that hens should have access to the outdoors. But as a 2015 report by the Cornucopia Institute explains, those standards are unclear and thus open to interpretation.
We would ask you to hound the Big Three fake organic egg producers—but we know they won’t care what you think, as long as stores like Kroger and Target and Safeway and others keep buying up the eggs and slapping their own labels on them.
The only way to make the organic egg industry honest is to get retailers, including the big retail grocery chains like Publix and Giant Eagle and Costco, to stop sourcing their eggs from industrial-scale producers like Cal-Maine Foods, Rose Acre Farms and Herbruck’s. And the only way to do that, is to stop buying the store brands until they switch.
TAKE ACTION: Tell These Retailers: Stop Selling ‘Organic’ Eggs that Actually Come from Factory Farms!
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‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Has Raised Millions for ALS Association
August 17, 2014
Pete Frates can no longer speak. But in the last two and a half weeks, a video posted on Facebook by Mr. Frates, a 29-year-old former college baseball player, has inspired people like Bill Gates. LeBron James. Chris Christie and Taylor Swift to dump a bucket of ice on their heads and speak out for his cause.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has lit social media on fire, raising both money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. About 30,000 Americans now have the disease, which attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
The stunt goes like this: People make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites, and then challenge friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS. (Many do both.)
People have shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook between June 1 and Aug. 13 and mentioned the phenomenon more than 2.2 million times on Twitter since July 29, according to those sites. Donations to the ALS Association have spiked. As of Sunday, the association said it had received $13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year. It said there were about 260,000 new donors. (With a spate of celebrities and business executives joining in over the past few days and pledging contributions, that number is expected to rise.)
The Ice Bucket Challenge had been making the rounds on the Internet for several weeks before it was tied to ALS. Matt Lauer, the host of NBC’s Today Show, had water poured over his head on July 15 after being challenged by the golfer Greg Norman.
Mr. Lauer said that he would donate money to the Hospice of Palm Beach County. He challenged Brian Williams, Martha Stewart and Howard Stern.
In late July, Mr. Frates learned about the challenge from his friend Pat Quinn. a New Yorker who also has ALS, and wanted to turn the trend into a fund-raiser for the disease.
Mr. Frates nominated himself for the challenge. Instead of having ice water poured on his head — “ice water and ALS are a bad mix,” he said on his Facebook page — he posted a video of himself bouncing his head to “Ice Ice Baby,” the 1989 hit song by the rapper Vanilla Ice. He challenged some friends, and the stunt spread quickly through Boston circles, then across the web until last week when a parade of boldfaced names joined in. (Last week, Mr. Frates again took the challenge. this time having ice dumped on his head at Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park.)
“Did we ever imagine the level of awareness or the money that is coming in? In our dreams we did,” said Mr. Frates’s mother, Nancy Frates.
There has been a backlash. Some have criticized the campaign for so-called slacktivism, where people will click and post online for social causes with little actual impact on the cause. “There are a lot of things wrong with the Ice Bucket Challenge, but the most annoying is that it’s basically narcissism masked as altruism,” said Arielle Pardes, a writer for Vice. On Slate, Will Oremus urged people to take the “no ice bucket challenge” and just donate the money.
Ms. Frates said that her son, the former captain of the Boston College baseball team, had been “living the life” when he called a family meeting in 2012. He revealed his illness and said that he did not want to whine, but would instead use the diagnosis as an opportunity to positively affect other people’s lives.
The disease has progressed quickly in the past six months. Mr. Frates has lost the ability to move his arms and legs and now communicates through eye-gaze technology, his mother said. He was married last year to Julie Frates, whom he met eight months before he learned that he had ALS. They are expecting a baby in September.
In a video last December. Mr. Frates said: “The story right now goes: You’ve got ALS, have it for a little while, a long while, but either way, the end is always the same. ALS always wins. So in order to rewrite the end of it, we need to raise awareness, money.”
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Diagnosing Diabetes and Learning About Prediabetes
Random (also called Casual) Plasma Glucose Test
This test is a blood check at any time of the day when you have severe diabetes symptoms.
- Diabetes is diagnosed at blood glucose of greater than or equal to 200 mg/dl
What is Prediabetes?
Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “prediabetes” blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Doctors sometimes refer to prediabetes as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), depending on what test was used when it was detected. This condition puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
No Clear Symptoms
There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so, you may have it and not know it.
Some people with prediabetes may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even problems from diabetes already. You usually find out that you have prediabetes when being tested for diabetes.
If you have prediabetes, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes every one to two years.
Results indicating prediabetes are:
- An A1C of 5.7% 6.4%
- Fasting blood glucose of 100 125 mg/dl
- An OGTT 2 hour blood glucose of 140 mg/dl 199 mg/dl
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
You will not develop type 2 diabetes automatically if you have prediabetes. For some people with prediabetes, early treatment can actually return blood glucose levels to the normal range.
Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by:
- Losing 7% of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
- Exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week
Don’t worry if you can’t get to your ideal body weight. Losing even 10 to 15 pounds can make a huge difference.
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This two-page introduction to prediabetes is in PDF format so you can download it, print it, and hand it out to patients.
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2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report
A consortium of five northwest state nonprofit associations has released a comprehensive study on the capacity, strengths, and challenges of the region’s nonprofit sector. The 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report: Our Strengths – Our Challenges – Our Resilience was developed using survey data from over 1,000 nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The report highlights the progress nonprofits are making in creating a resilient sector. Learn more .
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DEQ Opens Grant Program for Nonprofits
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Opens Applications for its 2016 Materials Management Grant Program and for the first time ever, 501c3 and 501c4 organizations qualify! Over $1.2 million dollars is available in this funding cycle with applications due by October 31, 2016 with grants awarded by the end of December 2016. Last year the program awarded nearly $600,000 to fifteen projects. Learn more .
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Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah F ti ah Huzoor preceded that every person who comes to this world will leave it one day and there is nothing in this world that is permanent or will stay here forever.
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be his Helper) from Ba itus Subooh, Frankfurt, Germany. After Tashahhud and Surah Fatihah he said that by the Grace of Allah the Jalsa Salana of Juma at Ahmadiyya Germany completed its three full of programs days and ended on last Sunday.
English rendering of the Friday Sermon delivered in Urdu by Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth successor to the Promised Messiah, on 2 September 2016 at the first day of the annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany.
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his helper) From Baitul Futuh Mosque, London. After Tashahud and Surah Fatiha, Huzoor said:
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah F ti ah Khalifatul Masih said By the Grace of Allah, last week Jalsa Salana UK took place.
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) directly from Jalsa Gah, Hadeeqatul Mahdi, Oaklands Farm, Green Street East Worldham Alton, Hampshire, UK.
Translation of the Friday Sermon delivered by a rat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih V, may Allah be his helper, at Baitul-Fut , London on 5 August 2016.
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah F ti ah Huzoor proceeded as follows:
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah F ti ah Huzoor proceeded as follows:
On 15 July 2016, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV, may Allah be his helper, delivered Friday sermon at Baitul-Futuh in London, UK. After the recitation of Shahadah and Surah Fatihah, he so proceeded:
Today s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh Mosque, London. After Tashahud and Surah Fatiha Huzoor (May Allah be his Helper) said that at this time I am going to mention certain points with reference to Hazrat Musleh Maud ( May Allah be please with him) and each reference individually has its importance.
Please do NOT call the FBA to schedule a residential furniture pickup the FBA does NOT do national pickup scheduling.
To make a RESIDENTIAL furniture donation to a furniture bank, please check the list on this website to see if there is a furniture bank in your area. Please be aware that each furniture bank operates independently, and donation and pickup requirements vary from bank to bank. In most cases, furniture pickups are only available within a 15-20 mile radius of the furniture bank location.
If there is no furniture bank near you, please contact The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries or another charitable organization in your area to see if they can accept your donation.
For COMMERCIAL / INSTITUTIONAL donations, please contact the nearest furniture bank to make arrangements. Or, you may contact us at the FBA at FBANA FurnitureBanks org for assistance. Often, furniture banks will travel 1-3 hours to pick up a sizable donation, and a few furniture banks have the ability to transport semi-trailers as much as 400-450 miles if they can be loaded by the donor.
Thanks for your willingness to donate furniture items to help a family in need!
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SCAI would greatly appreciate any of the below listed items. Many can be bought in Nepal for a considerably cheaper rate than in Australia however, so if you are visiting, you may like to buy some items in Nepal on arrival. If you have some donated or good quality second hand goods you’d like to bring over, you can generally get an excess baggage allowance from your airline by sending them a letter with the details. We do not recommend posting anything to Nepal as the postal system can take a very long time, be costly at both ends and unreliable. Occasionally we are able to get visitors or volunteers to carry donated goods over for us, but we cannot guarantee when or how regularly, and most often they are bringing their own goods they have collected.
Books (new or good quality second hand), educational materials for children, teaching materials for teachers and laptop computers.
Savlon, headlice treatment, any other goods specialised to western countries that may be of use in a First Aid Kit.
Sunrise boys proudly wearing donated football jerseys.
New or good quality second hand clothing and shoes for 3 to 18 years for boys and girls.
Sporting equipment – Soccer balls, soccer boots/clothing, volleyballs, basketballs, badminton, table tennis bats/balls, tennis balls, rubber balls, caramboard, other sporting equipment, skipping ropes, hula hoops, kites.
Toys – jigsaw puzzles, board games, cards (uno), dolls, figurines, lego, toy cars etc. Toys that are safe and can be washed are preferred. Art/craft – can be bought in Nepal or from the $2/Discount dazzler type stores in Australia.
Sunrise boys learning practical skills with donated sewing materials.
Computing – Desktop computers and laptops, computer training manuals, educational software, anti-virus software, USB sticks, blank DVD’s, mousepads.
Music/Dance/Singing – DVD/CD/MP3 player, speakers, microphone, recording equipment, digital camera, video camera, musical instruments (keyboard, madal, tabla, flutes, guitars, violin – there are Nepalese versions of these which can be bought in Nepal very cheaply)
Thanka painting – oil paints, paintbrushes, metal thanka frames, cloth, thread (these materials can be bought in Nepal relatively cheaply)
Outreach Program – digital cameras, hand held tape recorders for interviews, notebooks, pens, backpacks, folders.
All donations of goods will be examined by a member of the staff prior to distribution to the children. If you have any queries regarding whether something you would like to donate is appropriate or not, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your support !