Minneapolis Attorney Eric Prindle
If you are starting any type of nonprofit organization in Minnesota, you will probably want to register your group with the authorities. While some small community groups operate informally, registering with the government as a recognized nonprofit is necessary if you want to gain valuable tax exemptions and protect your members from personal liability for the actions of the organization. In addition, many individuals and foundations are only willing to donate to organizations that have registered with the authorities and follow basic standards of transparency.
Setting up a nonprofit is typically a multistep process that involves, among other things, filing articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State, adopting bylaws, filing for a recognition of tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service, and registering with the Attorney General if you plan to solicit donations. After taking the time to understand the nature of your organization and your goals for it, I can advise you on your options and guide you through the process. I assist clients with the establishment of many different types of nonprofit organizations, including:
- Social service organizations
- Arts organizations
- Neighborhood organizations
- Educational organizations
Once your organization is established, the group will need to follow certain formalities in order to maintain its nonprofit status and any tax exemptions it has qualified for. I can advise you on these issues so you can keep your organization running smoothly.
Whether you are starting a new organization or looking to formally register an existing organization so you can take advantage of the benefits of nonprofit status, I would be happy to assist you. Please contact me to schedule a consultation.