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Establishing Non-Profit Status

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We are a family ministry with an outreach production in the works. What steps do we need to take to become a non-profit organization? And seriously, is it necessary to hire an attorney or just deal with a lot of paperwork?
We need detailed instructions in basic language that anyone could understand.
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The point of non-profit status would be for donation purposes so that we can give receipts for write-offs which will help people feel more comfortable about giving to our efforts.



Visit your friendly reference librarian and ask for help finding books on incorporating a business and applying for 503(c)(3) status from the IRS.

This is not legal advice and you are not my client. Double check everything with your own attorney and your state's laws.

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