Tax Exempt Status
Nonprofit MOUs and
Non-Profit General Counsel
Forming a nonprofit is definitely more complicated than starting an LLC or other for-profit business. So what do you need to know if you’re considering this path?
How to Form a Nonprofit in Ohio
In order to form a nonprofit in Ohio, you must:
Read more about forming a nonprofit organization in Ohio.
What goes in nonprofit bylaws?
A nonprofit organization’s bylaws (sometimes referred to as “regulations”) are the governing document for the nonprofit. Bylaws determine not only how decisions are made, but who makes those decisions. And because the nonprofit’s directors have fiduciary duties to the organization, both the nonprofit and the individual directors can find themselves in legal trouble if the organization isn’t following its bylaws. And that is why you should never just copy another organization’s bylaws, especially if you ignore the document when it comes to day-to-day operations.
Among other things, a nonprofit’s bylaws should address:
Read more about nonprofit bylaws.
Should you form a nonprofit?
With so many charities competing for our charitable dollars and providing similar services, many argue that you might not need to form yet another nonprofit organization.
As you learn more about the legal requirements for forming a nonprofit in Ohio, applying for tax exempt status with the IRS, maintaining your tax exempt status, and the various considerations that go into good nonprofit governance, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Running a nonprofit is not easy, and the legal requirements may be more than you want to take on. If that’s you, but you still want to pursue your charitable project, then consider using fiscal sponsorship.
Fiscal sponsorship agreements can be a great way to get the administrative support you need to keep your project running well. They can also open up funding opportunities that you wouldn't otherwise be able to apply for without your own tax-exempt status.