Written by attorney Melanie L Ryan

Should I consider forming a 501(c)3 charitable organization?

It takes a heart of gold to want to start a charity and I give alot of kudos to anyone who is that giving and committed to anything. If you are reading this, you are probably already thinking about fundraising ideas and how great it will be for your cause to be recognized and supported. Great! Again I commend you...but, I would encourage anyone looking to form a 501(c)3 to read on before you do so.... Over the years, I learned a few things worth sharing and that's why I asked you to continue are a few questions to ask yourself about your proposed organization and if you really need/want a 501(c)3 to accomplish your goals.

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The IRS brochure on charitable organizations and information about the application process can be found at:

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