From: pablo (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 20 2006 - 14:42:45 PDT
A few things to add on here:
I'm going to second looking into TACS: www.tacs.org and ordering their book
on starting a nonprofit. Very useful information.
Learn your equipment really well and try to make the best situation given
your resources. Being a small young organization is no excuse for shitty
Talk with the arts council locally and find out if they give money to non
501(c)(3) orgs. The one in Portland does, which is nice.
Consult with another small non-profit locally and ask to review their
bylaws, articles of incorporation or 1023 form for the IRS. This goes a long
way to demystifying the whole tax exempt process, and while it is not the
easiest thing in the world, it's not as hard as a lot of people make it out
to be. For a young organization with a small budget, your filing fees for
federal and state forms shouldn't top $200. If you think you'll be at this
for a while it's a worthy investment of time.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.