About Us

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About Our Firm

Audrey’s passion for helping people start their own nonprofit organizations came from adversity.

She started her nonprofit, Revolution Leadership, Inc., as a college student. Although she had big dreams for the organization – those dreams almost came to an end.

She received bad advice from a lawyer that didn't specialize in nonprofit law - and her organization lost it's nonprofit status with the IRS as a result.

To make matters worse, she found out that two organizations were using her nonprofit's name without her permission to raise money because the lawyer never told her that setting up her nonprofit wasn't enough to own and protect the name.

Lastly, she struggled to raise money and ended up paying for everything herself.

Things changed when began studying nonprofit law while in law school. She learned strategies that major law firms used when forming nonprofits for their clients and studied the best practices of the most successful nonprofits.

She realized that due to the way her nonprofit was structured – she was missing out on funding opportunities.

Using her newfound legal knowledge, she reapplied and obtained nonprofit status with the IRS, legally protected her nonprofit's brand and learned how to get funding.

Now, her nonprofit has nonprofit has served almost 2,000 students and has awarded 49 college scholarships.

Revolution Leadership® received major grants from Wells Fargo®, Enterprise® as well as corporate sponsorships from Wal-mart®, Olive Garden®, and Chick-fil-A®.

She graduated from law school and started Chisholm Law Firm, PLLC – a firm whose mission is to help 1 million people start and grow nonprofits that impact the world and to help founders avoid the challenges that she faced when started her charity.

As she always says "It shouldn't be this hard to be a super hero."

Mrs. Chisholm’s nonprofit practice includes having successfully formed 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations for clients throughout the United States ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has successfully established the following types of nonprofits: youth organizations, schools, churches, ministries, healthcare organizations, drug rehabilitation programs, animal rights organizations, homelessness prevention centers, cancer patient services, athletic services, women’s issues, marriage enrichment organizations, and more. She has a 100% success rate for 501c3 nonprofit approvals by the IRS. Disclaimer: Past results do not determine future outcomes.

 

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WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

  • We believe in the Biblical principle of tithing and we donate to charitable organizations including Revolution Leadership and others.
  • Our clients are professionals, entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders, community leaders, and executives that want things done “right.”
  • We offer flat fee packages that include everything you need.
  • We have had a 100% success rate for our nonprofit filings and trademark filings since 2010* so we know what we’re doing. (*Past results do not determine future outcomes).
  • We have staff and systems in place so that we can get things done efficiently and get your filings done in a timely manner.
  • We focus exclusively on nonprofit and trademark legal matters so you can rest assured that we have the depth of knowledge in these areas necessary to answer your questions and give you quality guidance.
  • We’ve been trusted by a Fortune 500 company, several NFL players, a Major League Football player, lawyers, doctors, executives, nonprofit founders, and more nationwide and have produced results.
  • You’ll work with a licensed practicing attorney for nonprofits that focuses on this ever changing area of law – instead of a DIY online software that cannot give legal advice or guidance.
  • Most importantly, we are passionate about what we do. We each have a story as to why we chose this path and enjoy helping you achieve your goals!
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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AS A CLIENT

Our process starts with a consultation with one of our highly trained team members.

We’ll listen, hear your goals and let you know if we feel we’re a good fit to work together.

If so, we’ll share our flat fee packages with you and answer any questions you have.

When you’re ready to get started, you’ll submit your legal fees (all major credit and debit cards, checks, Paypal, and wire transfers accepted) and you’ll receive an immediate receipt.

We’ll provide you with your new client paperwork and set up your new client file in our system. From there, we’ll get started with the work.

You’ll have a one-on-one meeting with your attorney to kick off the process. We’ll answer all of your questions and outline a strategy for the remainder of the process.

We’ll handle all of the legal paperwork but will provide you with all of the documents prior to filing so that you can review them and ensure they are just the way you want them.

Once you’ve approved them, we’ll file the items and provide you with copies of everything.

During the process, you can ask questions at any time without any additional charges or fees (unless of course, you’re asking us to do something outside of what we agreed to do).

We’ll also serve as a trusted advisor to you and offer referrals to other proven and trusted professionals to help you achieve your goals.

  1. You can apply for grants and get free money to help you run your programs
  2. You can accept donations
  3. Donations you receive are tax-deductible
  4. You can buy things for your nonprofit tax-free
  5. You get to feel good knowing you are making a difference and helping others
  6. You can get paid a salary and pay others
  7. Your personal liability is limited

It depends on what you need. From filing fees to other legal fees, there is a lot to

consider when budgeting for nonprofit formation. At Chisholm Law, we

understand that every nonprofit is different so we tailor our formation services to

meet your needs exactly. There are no hidden fees and you will never have to

pay for services you don’t need. Call us today so we can assess your situation

and provide a flat fee quote.

By working closely together, which involves our clients promptly responding to our emails and providing the necessary information on time, we can aim to have all the required documents prepared for submission to the government within 4-6 weeks. Your cooperation plays a vital role in expediting this process.

With client cooperation, meaning when our clients respond to our e-mails promptly and provide us with the information we need on time, we can have all of the documents ready to file with the government in 4-6 weeks.

  1. Let’s take a look at the options available:
  2. DIY: Avoid the IRS code and unreliable internet sources to prevent costly mistakes and save time.
  3. Online Companies: Inexpensive but lack personalized guidance and key
  4. services. Success rates are often undisclosed.
  5. Big Law Firms: May lack attention and accessibility, billing for every
  6. interaction.
  7. CPAs/Accountants: Unable to provide legal advice, incomplete packages.
  8. Small Law Firms: Limited expertise, potential delays.
  9. Chisholm Law Firm: Founded by a nonprofit attorney, with a unique and expansive skill set, we boast a 100% success rate since 2010*. Our comprehensive package covers legal protection, name ownership, funding guidance, and more. Trust in our friendly, results-driven approach. *Disclaimer: Past results do not determine future outcomes

Simply call us at 407-329-5299 or e-mail us at info@chisholmfirm.com to schedule a free consult to tell us your nonprofit’s goals. We’ll handle the rest.

A “for profit” business is generally created to sell a good or service with the goal of making a “profit” for the owners or shareholders of the business. A nonprofit by definition is an organization that is created to advance a particular cause - but not for the purpose of making a profit.

Yes. Any leftover profit would be reinvested back into the nonprofit instead of belonging to the founder. In a for-profit business, the founder/owners would keep any profit earned by the business themselves.

  1. Obtaining 501(c)(3) status for your nonprofit offers a multitude of advantages.
  2. Firstly, it opens doors to apply for grants, securing vital financial support to run
  3. your programs. Additionally, your organization can readily accept donations, and
  4. these contributions are tax-deductible for your generous donors.
  5. With tax-exempt status, you can make tax-free purchases for your nonprofit,
  6. stretching your budget further. This journey isn’t just about finances; it’s about making a positive impact and feeling good about helping others. 
  7. Moreover, 501(c)(3) status enables you to compensate yourself and your team while providing a critical shield of limited personal liability. It's a transformative step for nonprofits, combining financial sustainability with a profound sense of purpose 
  8. and protection.

Yes. You can earn a full-time salary, benefits, etc. working for your nonprofit.

Yes. We have a package that includes reviewing the paperwork you've already filed, making any necessary changes and then completing the application to the IRS.

A “for profit” business is generally created to sell a good or service with the goal of making a “profit” for the owners or shareholders of the business. A nonprofit by definition is an organization that is created to advance a particular cause – but not for the purpose of making a profit.

It typically takes the federal government from 4-6 weeks with the expedited process or 8 to 12 months with the long review process to render a determination regarding an application. If you need it faster, contact us for a quote for our expedited service which provides a faster turnaround than our standard packages.

If we extend to you the opportunity to work with us, one of the first steps after hiring us is your meeting with your nonprofit attorney. During this meeting, your attorney will advise you and give you detailed instructions regarding what you legally can and cannot do while we wait to hear back from the IRS regarding your application.

All major credit cards, debit cards, Paypal, wire transfers, cash, money orders and bank checks and Affirm. Checks are subject to a 5-day hold and we will not be able to start the process until it clears from our bank. If you want to pay using a method not listed, let us know.

We are a federal practice and serve clients in all 50 states and U.S. territories for federal 501c3 nonprofit applications, federal trademarks, and related legal matters.

We Give Back

WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE OF TITHING AND WE DONATE
TO LOCAL CHURCHES, NONPROFITS, SCHOOLS AND CHARITIES.

Our Practice Areas

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NONPROFIT PLANNING
REGISTRATION

Nonprofit-Tax-Exempt-Organizations

NONPROFIT & TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS

Grantwriting

GRANTWRITING

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FUNDRAISING & CHARITABLE SOLICITATION

intellectual-property-and-branding

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
& BRANDING

corporate-governance

CORPORATE
GOVERNANCE

public-charities

PUBLIC
CHARITABLES

private-fundations

PRIVATE
FUNDATIONS

charitable-giving-and-estate-planning

CHARITABLE GIVING & ESTATE PLANNING

business-and-social-enterprises

BUSINESS & SOCIAL
ENTERPRISES

tax-law-for-nonprofit

TAX LAW
FOR NONPROFITS

labor-and-employment-for-nonprofits

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT FOR NONPROFITS

nonprofit-dissolution

NONPROFIT
DISSOLUTION

Meet Our Founder

Attorney Audrey K. Chisholm is an attorney, wife and mother of three. She is a bestselling author of three legal books, successful entrepreneur, nonprofit founder, commercial real estate investor and renown motivational speaker. Like our clients, she is a trademark owner and started her own nonprofit when she was 17.

– 2010, Grand Opening

Chisholm Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Attorney Audrey K. Chisholm.As a first generation lawyer, her vision was to create a law firm that did excellent work for clients the first time around, instead of intentionally messing up work in order to have clients pay for repeat services like many law firms in the industry.

– 2014, 1st Fortune 500 Client

Chisholm Law Firm was hired by its first Fortune 500 Client to establish its 501c3 nonprofit foundation as well as other legal services.

– 2017, Ranked by Martindale-Hubbell®!

Attorney Chisholm received the prestigious “AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® 2017” designation upon an anonymous vote of over 20 of her professional colleagues in the legal profession.

Clients We’ve Helped

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“We Are Proud Of Our 100% Success Rate For Our Nonprofit Filings 99.9% Success Rate for Trademark Filings Since 2010.*”

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