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.
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.
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.
The program, Starting the Nonprofit, scheduled for tomorrow, October 17, has been cancelled.
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.
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.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00-8:00 pm,
at the Legal Center for Nonprofits
Feeling entrepreneurial? Do you have an idea to start something? Maybe it’s a nonprofit? Distinct differences separate the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, and it isn’t the lack of a profit that makes the determination.
In this new, free program from the Legal Center for Nonprofits, we will look at what distinguishes the nonprofit organization from the for-profit, how to tell if your idea is suited to a nonprofit, and we will give you on an overview of what it means to be nonprofit. Join us on Wednesday, September 23, at 6:00 pm, at 412 County Street, New Bedford. No cost to attend but pre-registration is recommended. Call (508) 264-5996 or email to Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org for more information or to pre-register.
Nonprofit Advocacy Basics
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-8:00 pm, $10
Is your nonprofit involved in advocacy? Should it be? Learn to distinguish lobbying, issues advocacy, and political activity, and find out what a 501(c)(3) organization can do.
Introduction to Nonprofits
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, FREE
Are you thinking of starting a nonprofit? This overview will give you a sense of the sector and what it takes to start a nonprofit.
Board Expectations – Wednesday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 pm, $10
Have you been invited to join a nonprofit Board of Directors? What does a nonprofit expect of its Board members? Bring your questions about Board service.
Please pre-register for programs as seating is limited.
All programs are held at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Inc., 412 County St., New Bedford, MA, inside the Inter-Church Council house. Off-street parking is available next to and behind the building. For information and to pre-register, please call Linnea Michel at (508) 264-5996, or email to Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org, or visit http://www.legalcenterfornonprofits.org/program-schedule-2/
Our Programs are supported by a grant from
the Island Foundation
The Legal Center for Nonprofits is seeking volunteers to assist with various aspects of our program. If you think that helping LCN serve the nonprofit community would be satisfying work, please consider applying.
Volunteers can serve in various roles. For example, volunteers may assist with program planning or coordination, fundraising, clerical and general office work. Law students or recent law school grads can gain a deeper understanding of nonprofit law along with experience working with nonprofit clients.
To apply for a volunteer position, please complete and submit our Volunteer Application by email to Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org, or by postal mail to Legal Center for Nonprofits, 412 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740.
With August waning, Fall is nearly upon us, and that means new programs from the Legal Center for Nonprofits! Stay tuned…our new program schedule will be up soon!