Hello Base Camp!

I'm working with the 55th Cascadia to create an umbrella nonprofit that all duly chartered BPSA groups in Portland Oregon could share. The 45th Columbia River in Washington State helped us with this idea.

Questions for HQ:

1-Is there official correspondence that will indicate when a group has successfully chartered, from BPSA-US' point of view? I'd like to include a provision in our by-laws about when a group is official.

2- In which state is BPSA-US registered as a nonprofit? Our local organization could identify  the national organization as a recipient of any assets we might own should we ever dissolve.

Thanks, much!

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Hi Wendy - reporting in from a different state here, so our situation may be different, but our credit union required us to use our own EIN and also provide a letter from our Auxiliary Committee authorizing opening of the account. That letter was signed by our co-Chairs and me. We also needed to verify the physical address for our group (at the home of the person ultimately responsible, meaning the GSM), via a letter sent through US post that showed the group name as the addressee receiving mail at that location (as opposed to our PO Box). We're allowing one of our co-chairs and me to access the account at this time.

Our next step for building the organization of our group is purchasing insurance (liability coverage for volunteers) because our local sponsor had to withdraw their support for reasons unrelated to our group.

Thanks, Andy! Once we have gone through the process I'll post our steps here. I know each state is different, but I think that banking requirements are mostly federal in nature so it's possible that everything you've mentioned will apply to us in Texas as well.

The Portland BPSA non-profit does have a mission bigger than merely making it possible to bank: it truly can become a support organization for area-wide events and needs. We have discussed having the ability to support new SG formation and aspirations. The 55th currently drives the Hullabaloo (for example) but in years to come that could be a project the Multnomah Service Cooperative leads.

Excited to announce that the 91st Sojourners just received notification from the NYS Attorney General of it's not-for-profit status!

Very cool. We're in process getting our 501c3 here in Portland. Will post when it's official.

The 91st received its confirmation of 501c3 status from the IRS today! Whoohoo!

Just submitted my paperwork via pay.gov.  Any feedback on how long it took to process for you folks?

Hi Michael, We paid for an expedited review, and were working with a pro-bono attorney who does this sort of thing full-time. The whole process took us about two months.

I think we were just over 3 months. The paperwork arrived within the last week. We're official!

Well I just got my letter today from the IRS.  That makes 17 days!  You'd think they would be busier this time of year.  FWIW, I used pay.gov to submit the application.  I'm not sure that's how others did it, but maybe that's the reason it went so quickly?


Here are some tips on how to set up a nonprofit. As  warning I have no professional background in this at all.  The IRS in 2014 introduced a 1023 EZ form which makes it quicker and cheaper. 
Comments are appreciated ; please leave  links or references.


PDF file for the last post in case the link does not work.


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