Tawanna Jones has been working in the School District of Philadelphia since October of 2001. She joined the district as a Special Education teacher and has worked as a School Psychologist since 2008. She is currently working toward her Doctorate degree in School Systems Leadership. For her doctoral dissertation, Tawanna’s intent was to focus on boys of color enrolled in special education in Philadelphia public schools. As she progressed through her research, however, Tawanna realized that she hadn’t been paying enough attention to girls in special education, particularly, girls of color. Ultimately, Tawanna shifted gears and is now writing her dissertation on Black Girls’ Perspectives on Education and the American Dream.
Elvin Howard Sr. was a gardener by day and a production engineer with a local television station by night. He was a lively, loving, upbeat man who poured all of his energy into his passions: God, family, and gardening. In the spring of 2007, Elvin’s wife, Bertha, a nursing professor, noticed that something was wrong with Elvin. In contrast to his typically energetic disposition, he seemed to be constantly tired, losing weight, and his appetite was meager. When Elvin first sought medical attention, he was misdiagnosed with diabetes. However, when Elvin’s skin and eyes started to look yellow - jaundice - his family knew that he immediately needed to seek further medical attention. That was when Elvin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Different states have different requirements for incorporating new nonprofits. However, across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., one requirement is consistent: all nonprofits are required to have a registered agent.
So you’ve incorporated your new nonprofit with your Secretary of State’s office, bringing you one step closer to gaining 501(c)(3) status for your organization. But before you can file for tax-exempt status, there’s one interim step you must take: obtaining an EIN. (**Disclaimer: If your nonprofit is located in Louisiana, you must obtain an EIN prior to filing for Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State).
The Hoosier State is best known for its beautiful stretches of farmland and the Indianapolis 500 auto race, but agriculture and automobiles aren’t the only things driving the state’s economy. Indiana is home to a bustling nonprofit sector that consists of 33,000 nonprofits, employs over 230,000 Hoosiers, and generates $45.7 billion in annual revenues (Independent Sector).
When applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, the IRS has found that the number one reason for delay in insurance of determination letters (the letter that confers your organization with tax-exempt status) is the absence of the all-important purpose and dissolution clauses in an organization’s Articles of Incorporation. Many states do not require these provisions to be included an organization’s documents when filing for incorporation; thus, many people do not realize that these clauses are required for gaining 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. This is particularly important for organizations that are not eligible to file form 1023-EZ, as form 1023 requires applicants to identify where the purpose and dissolution clauses are located in an organization’s Articles of Incorporation. If your organization does not have the proper clauses written in its Articles, an amendment to the Articles will need to be filed before submitting form 1023, and the amendment will need to be included in the organization’s application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Idaho is known to be the “gem” of the West, and its booming nonprofit sector certainly adds to the state’s wonder. Employing 8.4% of the workforce and generating over $5 billion in annual revenues (Independent Sector), nonprofits are essential to Idaho’s advancing solutions to statewide challenge and contributing to the vibrancy of the state’s communities.
Alvin Cain has always been an involved member of his community. As a Louisiana licensed realtor, Alvin participated in several “RED Days” (an acronym standing for Renew, Energize, Donate) across the Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana metropolitan area while with Keller Williams Realty. These annual days of service inspired Alvin to take further action; while he derived great joy and saw the immense value in participating in RED Day, he felt as though there was more he could do to give back.
Minnesota is perhaps best known for its largest metropolitan area, the “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Built around the Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix Rivers, the Twin Cities is home to the Mall of America, the birthplace of the late, great artist Prince, and serve as the headquarters for many Fortune 500 companies, including Target, Best Buy, and General Mills (Mental Floss).
The nonprofit sector in The Constitution State is one of the most robust in the nation. Employing nearly 14% of the state’s workforce and generating $37 billion in revenue annually (Independent Sector), Connecticut nonprofits are integral in remedying the state’s most complex problems while simultaneously stimulating the economy.