From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Apr 19 2006 - 10:00:55 PDT
> Howdy folks - I have a question about how to start a
> legal organization (I guess a non-profit) in order to
> run a screening series or a microcinema. I recently
> landed a full time archivist position and it’s always
> been my goal to try to run semi-regular film
> screenings once I got established somewhere (Columbia,
> South Carolina). I have experience running very
> informal screenings around town, but in order to rent
> from places like filmmaker’s co-op or to ask for a few
> bucks from the SC arts council I need to be an
> institution. I'm sure people onlist have experience
> doing this – so how should one get started? And
> really - any advice would be greatly appreciated.
> Joshua Mabe
The guideines are specific to each State. In Portland, we have an
organization named TACS that writes a manual for starting a non-profit.
There might be something similar in SC, but you can look at the TACS
website for more info on the manual (how to order, etc.).
Next, make friends with a lawyer, maybe two or three. Maybe even have a
lawyer on your board.
Try doing a fundraiser screening to raise money to cover start-up costs.
It's good PR for your future org and might cover all of the filing fees
for the non-profit paperwork.
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