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.
So, why can't we use the nonprofit status of the BPSA-US? What is the benefit, if any, at the local level?
My understanding is that the IRS paperwork to extend tax-exempt status from HQ to local groups across multiple states has not been completed yet by volunteers.
The benefit for having non-profit status at the local level includes volunteers having some legal protection against lawsuits, should get better deals for banking and insurance, makes it easier to work with other non-profit entities, makes you look more legit to parents, and you can advertise for donations easier.