Moving non-profit governance forward.

Sometimes raising money is more complicated than creating a GoFundMe campaign. If you’re in it for the long haul, you’ll need to create an official non-profit corporation. There are advantages in doing so. Donations are tax deductible, and you’ll enjoy greater transparency and credibility with the public.

At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, our attorneys have experience helping people move from having a great idea to forming a sustainable organization.

The steps along the way include creating a board of directors, choosing a name and filing articles of organization with the South Carolina Secretary of State.

You’ll also have to file for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Depending on the size of the charity and whether you plan to hold fund-raisers, you might also need to register with the South Carolina Division of Public Charities.

Moving forward, you’ll need a records binder that includes articles of incorporation, bylaws and minutes of meetings.

The lawyers at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel can walk you through step by step. We’ve done this for many non-profits, and we’ve even founded non-profits of our own. We have the legal as well as the practical experience that can move you from creating paperwork to serving the community as quickly as possible.

Burnette Shutt & McDaniel can continue to serve you as your organization grows and its needs evolve. Sometimes bylaws need updated. In other situations, nonprofits become large enough to hire employees. We can help you create sound hiring policies and practices that adhere to state and federal employment law.