One Community is open source sharing all aspects of our Highest Good for-profit, non-profit, and entrepreneurial economics models. This open source non-profit portal includes:
At such point as we have an accountant on the Pioneer Team we will be able to provide more help and add additional details to this page regarding the specifics of maintaining our non-profit organization. We will also evolve this page more once we move on the property and are developing specific non-profit branches of One Community.
Our goal in open source sharing our non-profit filing and experience is to provide an example of what we wrote and how we filled out the forms. When using what we share here it is important to note that:
With all that said, we hope that sharing exactly what we sent to the IRS to get 501(c)(3) approved can save you time and money if used as a starting point to take with you when you talk to your accountant or other nonprofit organization professional. As with everything One Community creates, all information here is open source and free-shared without limitations of use.
Time to fill out all the paperwork and make sure we had all the necessary documents was over 100 hours due to the fact we were still evolving One Community and needed to research many of the specifics requested. One Community incorporated in May of 2011, we filed for non-profit status in November, got notice by mail in January 2012 that our form would need to be reviewed in detail before approval, and went through the process of answering specific questions with a reviewer when our turn came up in July 2012 – at which point we were approved within a couple weeks.
In our experience the IRS made it VERY clear that the order of submission was important but there was enough conflicting information for us to feel a little confused at exactly the order to actually put all documents. After much reading and research for clarification, here is how we ended up putting them in order for mailing from top to bottom:
Clicking links below will open new windows with the PDFs of all documents listed. You can then save or print them. When reviewing or referencing these documents, please keep in mind that they were completed for the specific goals of establishing One Community as a non-profit teacher/demonstration hub. Different goals will necessitate a different filing and you should always consult a professional to help you when submitting something this important.
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