Start a Nonprofit the Right Way with Chisholm Law
At Chisholm Law, we believe that a strong organizational foundation is essential to avoid legal headaches and issues for your nonprofit down the road. With Chisholm Law by your side, the stability of your new nonprofit entity will be ensured for years to come.
Although the popularity of do-it-yourself software and programs for nonprofit formation have skyrocketed in recent years, these solutions may not offer comprehensive protection and leave organizations vulnerable to legal mishaps and other detrimental mistakes.
As a group of attorneys dedicated to doing the right thing, Chisholm Law offers comprehensive services that save you time and provide the security you deserve. We help nonprofits every step of the way - from formation to raising money and beyond, we’re here to maximize your potential for success.
Our 5-Step Total Nonprofit Formation™ Process
Our proprietary 5-Step Total Nonprofit Formation™ Process is the key to our 100% success rate for our nonprofit filings.* Here is exactly what you can expect as a client of our law firm.
*Disclaimer: Past results do not determine future outcomes.
Step 1: Get Legal Protection
After you hire our firm, our skilled nonprofit attorneys will prepare and file your legal paperwork to make sure you have everything you need to run your organization and raise money without getting into legal trouble. From end to end, we will help you navigate complex legal processes such as:
DRAFTING ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
No Need to Dread Incorporation Documents
We understand the importance of a strong foundation for your organization. One critical step in establishing your nonprofit is drafting the Articles of Incorporation. These documents serve as the legal blueprint for your organization and are required to register as a nonprofit entity. Our experienced team will guide you through this process, ensuring that your Articles of Incorporation align with your mission and vision, while meeting all legal requirements.
DRAFTING NONPROFIT BYLAWS
Creating a Solid Framework for Your Nonprofit
Your organization's success relies on a well-structured governance system. Our nonprofit formation services extend to the drafting of corporate bylaws, which are the rules and regulations that govern your organization's internal affairs. These bylaws establish procedures for decision-making, board structure, and more. We'll work closely with you to prepare bylaws that suit your nonprofit's unique needs while ensuring compliance with federal regulations.
DRAFTING POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Guiding Your Nonprofit Ethically and Responsibly
Creating a culture of transparency and ethical conduct is vital for nonprofit organizations. Our base Nonprofit Formation package includes drafting Conflict of Interest Policies and Conflict of Interest Resolutions, as well as other policies and guidelines that are required by the standard IRS application.
We also offer a host of additional services based on your nonprofit's needs such as:
- Executive compensation policies
- Financial control policies
These policies help maintain accountability, protect your organization's integrity, and demonstrate your commitment to responsible stewardship.
COMPLETION OF IRS APPLICATION 1023 FOR 501(c)(3) STATUS
Becoming a Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) Organization
Achieving 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status from the IRS is a significant milestone for your nonprofit. We will assist you in completing IRS Application 1023, providing guidance throughout the process. Obtaining this tax exemption status not only excuses your organization from federal income tax but also makes donations tax deductible for everyone who contributes to your nonprofit, boosting your fundraising potential.
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Step 2: Brand Protection and Trademark Process
Secure and insure your organization's unique name with our legal name search services. Our attorneys will search state and federal records to confirm name availability and registration eligibility, saving you time and preventing future legal disputes. We offer the following brand protection and trademark services to all our clients.
FEDERAL TRADEMARK REGISTRATION
Protect your nonprofit's name, logo, and slogan with federal trademark registration. Our experienced attorneys offer personalized assistance throughout the trademark registration process, ensuring your intellectual property rights are secure.
Renew your federal trademark effortlessly with our guidance. Renewing your trademark safeguards your brand and compliance with all laws, protecting your nonprofit's valuable assets.
Need to transfer trademark ownership for your nonprofit? Our attorneys are well-versed in handling trademark assignments, ensuring a smooth and legal process. Trust us to safeguard your organization's valuable assets.
TRADE SECRET PROTECTION
Safeguard your nonprofit's trade secrets, including confidential information and processes, with our guidance. Ensure compliance and confidentiality to protect your competitive advantage.
Step 3: Get Funding
Nonprofits often face funding challenges, and we're here to help. Our seasoned grant writers are well-equipped to tell your nonprofit's story and highlight exactly what makes your mission so special.
The result? Securing public and private grants tailored to your organization's needs. With a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector, we’ll develop a comprehensive grant-writing strategy to maximize your chances of success.
When you choose our services, expect personalized guidance throughout the entire grant writing process. From identifying potential funding sources to crafting compelling proposals, we support you every step of the way. Our services extend beyond grant writing; we also offer assistance with fundraising planning, marketing materials, and donor identification.
For nonprofits looking to enhance their grant writing skills, we provide comprehensive training, empowering you to secure funding from foundations, government agencies, and more.
At Chisholm Law, we are committed to helping nonprofits establish a robust and financially viable fundraising process. Our approach is designed to provide you with a reliable source of funding so you never have to worry about covering program costs out-of-pocket.
But our support doesn't stop there. We offer a holistic approach, including 1:1 consultation, team training, and ongoing monthly coaching sessions led by our professional fundraisers. Our aim is to empower your team with the skills and knowledge needed to consistently meet and exceed your annual fundraising goals.
We cover all aspects of fundraising, from securing valuable corporate sponsorships and crafting engaging annual events to planning effective annual giving campaigns, motivating your board to contribute, acquiring more individual gifts, and securing major donations.
With Chisholm Law, your nonprofit can establish a financially sound and sustainable fundraising process that enables you to focus on your mission and create a lasting impact.
Step 4: Hire a Team
We are dedicated to empowering nonprofit clients with the knowledge and guidance they need to navigate crucial aspects of organizational development. We provide invaluable support in understanding how to hire staff effectively, ensuring that your team aligns with your mission and vision. Specifically, we offer clear insights into the legal intricacies of compensating nonprofit leaders, ensuring compliance while attracting top talent.
Our comprehensive approach goes beyond the basics, helping you avoid common pitfalls and challenges that nonprofits often face. By choosing Chisholm Law, you gain the know-how needed to not only grow your nonprofit but also maximize your impact.
We are committed to equipping you with the tools and strategies necessary for long-term success in fulfilling your organization's mission and serving your community.
Step 5: Ongoing Nonprofit Compliance Legal Support
Of course, the work does not stop after formation. At Chisholm Law, we can assist your nonprofit at any stage of its life. We offer comprehensive services and consultation for various legal situations nonprofits face including:
- Maintaining nonprofit status
- Ensuring compliance with federal regulations
- Re-establishing your nonprofit corporation if you've lost your exempt status
- Filing your annual nonprofit taxes and fundraising licenses
COMPLIANCE WITH CHARITABLE SOLICITATION LAWS
Navigating Fundraising Regulations with Ease
Ensuring compliance with these laws is crucial to maintaining your nonprofit's legitimacy. Our nonprofit formation services will help you understand and adhere to fundraising regulations, making certain you can engage in fundraising activities legally and with confidence.
Why Choose Chisholm Law for Nonprofit Formation?
At Chisholm Law, we do more than aid nonprofit formation; we are your ally in ensuring the sustained success and stability of your whole organization. We go beyond the basics, offering comprehensive support that extends far beyond the initial setup.
Our unique approach involves providing 1:1 consultations, team training, and ongoing monthly coaching led by our professional staff members to help clients plan successful fundraisers. We equip your team with the skills and strategies needed to secure a sturdy legal foundation for your nonprofit and empower your mission to flourish.
From formation to fundraising and beyond, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Choose Chisholm Law for a holistic approach to nonprofit success, allowing you to focus on making a meaningful impact in your community.
“They were so easy to work with and guided me through the process. In 3 months time, I was able to get my foundation registered in the State of New York with 501c3 status."
The House of Joseph Foundation, Inc.
Disclaimer: This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Prospective clients may not receive the same or similar results. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FORMING A 501(c)(3) NONPROFIT?
Obtaining 501(c)(3) status for your nonprofit offers a multitude of advantages. Firstly, it opens doors to applying for grants, securing vital financial support to run your programs. Additionally, your organization can readily accept donations, and these contributions are tax-deductible for your generous donors.
With tax-exempt status, you can make tax-free purchases for your nonprofit, stretching your budget further. This journey isn't just about finances; it's about making a positive impact and feeling good about helping others. 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 and protection.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
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.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO FILE MY APPLICATION FOR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS?
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.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOUR FIRM OVER CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES?
Let’s take a look at the options available:
- DIY: Avoid the IRS code and unreliable internet sources to prevent costly mistakes and save time.
- Online Companies: Inexpensive, but lack personalized guidance and key services. Success rates are often undisclosed.
- Big Law Firms: May lack attention and accessibility, billing for every interaction.
- CPAs/Accountants: Unable to provide legal advice, incomplete packages.
- Small Law Firms: Limited expertise, potential delays.
- 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. We prioritize efficiency and offer unlimited support at no extra cost. Trust in our friendly, results-driven approach.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
Simply tell us your nonprofit's goals, and we'll handle the rest. Contact us and we'll send you a new client form and secure payment link. Upon receiving both, we'll schedule your appointment with our nonprofit attorney and kickstart the process.
*Disclaimer: Past results do not determine future outcomes
Contact Chisholm Law
Don't leave your nonprofit's future to chance. Schedule a free consultation with Chisholm Law today and discover how our nonprofit formation services can set you on the path to success.
Trust Chisholm Law to guide you through the nonprofit formation process and beyond, ensuring a strong and stable future for your organization.
“We Are Proud Of Our 100% Success Rate For Our Nonprofit Filings 99.9% Success Rate for Trademark Filings Since 2010.*”
(We still have a 100% success rate for nonprofits)