Customized Board Training Available

Does your Board of Directors need a refresher on tax-exempt/nonprofit topics like fiduciary duties, the role & responsibilities of boards, best practices for board meetings, or another topic of particular interest to your nonprofit organization?

Contact us for more information about affordable customized trainings for your board delivered at your location.

Congratulations to New 501(c)(3) Nonprofits!

Congratulations to our clients who have recently been recognized by IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities:

Hearts 4 Paws, Inc.

Veterans Guardian Angels, Inc.

World Coming Together to Make a Difference Incorporated (WOCOTOMADI)

These organizations may receive tax-deductible donations!

Make LCN Part of Your Holiday Giving!

Help us to build a better tomorrow in the Southcoast— please make a gift to LCN so it can continue to unleash the power of nonprofits in our community.

As one organization assisted by LCN said, “When we began our quest to become a nonprofit organization, the Legal Center for Nonprofits was there….without them our food pantry would not exist.” (St. Anne’s Food Pantry)

LCN has worked with more than 60 organizations doing transformational work in SouthCoast and beyond, through its legal services and educational programming. Organizations we’ve helped include:

  • Youth organizations
  • Veterans
  • Community improvement
  • Animal rescue and shelters
  • Food pantries
  • And many others…

When you support LCN, you are supporting the entire nonprofit community in the SouthCoast. You are helping nonprofits achieve the fullest expression of their missions. Their success strengthens our entire community.

On Giving Tuesday, Support the Legal Center for Nonprofits!

On Giving Tuesday, December 1, support the Legal Center for Nonprofits and you will support many other nonprofit organizations serving the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.  Through our educationally focused work with nonprofit clients, both start-ups and established, we help build capacity in the region’s nonprofit community.

Our client organizations include youth organizations, schools, veterans, community improvement, animal rescues and shelters, and food access. Touch all these organizations and more with one tax-deductible gift.

It’s Giving Tuesday! Please give to support the Legal Center for Nonprofits!  Use your credit card and donate via PayPal.

Popular program returns

Board Meeting Basics
November 18, 6:00-7:30 pm

“Are all nonprofit boards like this?”

“Is our board typical?”

“Is this how a nonprofit board is supposed to run?”

“What about Robert’s Rules?”

Find out about best practices for boards of directors of small nonprofits at the next program of the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Board Meeting Basics, on Wednesday evening, November 18, at 6:00 pm.

Admission is $10 per person, payable at the door. Off-street parking is available. The Legal Center for Nonprofits is located inside the Inter-Church Council House, 412 County St, New Bedford. Call (508) 264-5996 or email Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org for more information or to preregister.

 

 

Top 10 Tips for End-of-the-Year Fundraising

Wednesday, November 4 at 6:00-8:00 pm

Lee Blake and Kristen Sarkarati will offer their Top 10 Tips to maximize your fundraising results as we head into the end-of-the-year fundraising season. Find out how to get the best return on your fundraising strategies for this year’s Giving Tuesday (December 1), polish your Annual Appeal to make it better than ever, plus more ideas to capitalize on the generous spirit of the fast-approaching holiday season.

Lee Blake is well known for her work with many local nonprofit organizations, including the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Education Foundation. She is an experienced board member and grant-writer. Kristen Sarkarati is the owner of Blue Skies Consulting, specializing in fundraising and communications, where she has crafted dozens of highly successful annual appeals over the years for a variety of non-profit organizations. Both are members of the Board of Directors of the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Inc.

Admission is $10 per person. Program takes place at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Inc., 412 County Street, New Bedford, MA, located inside the Inter-Church Council house. Off-street parking is available. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. For more information or to pre-register, call (508) 264-5996 or email Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org.

Annual Reports due to MA Secretary of State

November 1 is the deadline for nonprofit corporations operating in Massachusetts to provide annual reports to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth.  The Annual Report filing fee is $15 and checks should be payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Download a fillable PDF Annual Report form here.

Organizations that fail to file annual reports for two consecutive years are at risk of having their corporate status revoked by the Secretary’s office.  Reinstating corporate status can be expensive in terms of both money and time, as reinstatement requires the filing of all owed annual reports, along with their filing fees.

The Annual Report form is straightforward.  You must provide the physical address of the nonprofit corporation, the date of the last annual meeting, and the names and residential addresses of the officers and board of directors; if there are too many for the space provided, you can add a second sheet listing the entire board. The expiration date for terms of office (depending on your bylaws, it may be the next annual meeting date) should also be listed.

Nonprofit corporations must have a President, Treasurer, and Secretary (Clerk).  If an officer position is vacant, someone should be appointed to the position in accordance with the organization’s bylaws. If an officer position is blank on the form when submitted, it may be returned to you as incomplete.

The Annual Report may be signed by any officer, but the officer’s name must appear as an officer on the report.

 

Program Cancelled

The program, Starting the Nonprofit, scheduled for tomorrow, October 17, has been cancelled.

Starting a Nonprofit?

Starting the Nonprofit: What to know before you start

          If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit, the place to start is with our Saturday Seminar on October 17, 9:00-1:00 pm.  Many issues must be considered before you actually take the plunge.  For example, are you sure it’s a nonprofit idea?  Beginning with whether the concept is suitable to a nonprofit, we will look closely at these issues and identify the milestones on the path to nonprofit formation. Handouts including checklists will help you keep track. Lunch will be provided. $20 per person.

          The program will be held at the Legal Center for Nonprofits office, 412 County Street, New Bedford; we are inside the Inter-Church Council house, and off-street parking is available. You MUST preregister for this session by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 15. Call (508) 264-5996 or email to Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org for more information or to pre-register.

          This session is part of our new Saturday Seminar series, which continues on November 14, with Starting the Nonprofit: Nuts & Bolts.

Starting the Nonprofit!

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit, the place to start is with our new Saturday Seminars. Join us on Saturday, October 17, 9:00-1:00 pm, at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, for our first session.

When you’re thinking about forming a nonprofit organization, many issues must be considered before you actually take the plunge. In this first Saturday Seminar, we will look closely at these issues and identify the milestones on the path to nonprofit formation. Handouts including checklists will help you keep track. Lunch will be provided. $20 per person. Pre-register by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 15. November’s Saturday Seminar, November 14, will explain the practical steps to starting a nonprofit organization, from incorporation through bylaws.

Our monthly Saturday Seminar series will offer a close look at nonprofit topics; with lunch included, you will have time to network with other attendees from the nonprofit community. Watch for more topics in Spring 2016.

You MUST preregister for these sessions by 5:00 pm on the Thursday before. Call (508) 264-5996 or email to Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org for more information or to pre-register.