Needed: Legal advice re: non-profit status

With liberty and produce for all.Hi-

Does anyone out there know the ins-and-outs of non-profit status enough to help me think through “franchising” Preserving Traditions? I want to keep my relationship with the Grange, but I also would like others to be able to start branches that aren’t housed at a Grange. We’re doing this informally now, but I can see it growing to the point where something formal needs to be set up.

Emily

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4 Comments

  1. MK said,

    September 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    How to form a tax exempt organization:

    http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/mini-courses/applyfortaxexempt/player.html

  2. Suzie said,

    September 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Right now PT isnt’ functioning as a non-profit (with a board, etc.) – and if you were, it seems like it might be hard for the grange or other groups to know best how to work with it. I have theoretically lots of ideas on the pros & cons, though not the legal expertise on all that is possible. We can talk more later when I’m back in town.

    In the meantime, here’s one possibility of a model — http://naturecircles.org/ has franchised itself by providing clear and easy-to-follow ways for anyone to set up their own nature circle. It’s a program of Hooked on Nature, but they make it widely available, and again, anyone can start one on their own.

    • Emily said,

      September 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

      I like this idea – I don’t think I really want to start a formal 503c non-profit; I just need to know how to spread this idea without getting into legal trouble, and while still having some bit of control over what’s done under the name “Preserving Traditions.”

  3. Beverly said,

    May 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Legally if founders of a nonprofit fund the start-up and develop all the programs and structure of the non-profit can a legal agreement be written between the board and the founders with regard to terminating of the founders?


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