At its recent Board retreat, APP-NW’s Board of Directors defined acquiring formal non-profit status as its foremost goal for 2015/16. Armed with Board approval, Co-Chairs Chrisse Roccaro and Christopher Toyne headed to a consult with Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, at which Attorney Bryan Wasetis, with Aspect Law Group, LLC, laid out the steps we needed to take. Christopher began the process and, in a remarkably short time, got us 3/4 of the way to the finish line.
First, we had to incorporate as a Non-Profit through the Oregon Secretary of State.
Next, we registered for a Federal Employer Identification Number.
Third, we registered with the Oregon Department of Justice/Charitable Division. It was necessary at this point to designate a Registered Agent, and we chose to hire the Aspect Law Group, LLC for that purpose.
The last step is to file the Federal 1023-EZ form to apply for tax exempt status. The paperwork is filled out and all that’s needed now is the $400 filing fee! Needless to say, we’ll be putting our noses to the grindstone to raise that money in the next few months. We’ll have our donation jar out at the next AHH! (Mother’s Bistro, Tuesday, May 19, 6 – 9 PM!) so you can drop in a dollar to get us closer to our goal.
As you know, part of our mission is to improve and increase the level of professionalism within our industry. We are starry-eyed with the possibilities for enhanced educational and training programs for performers that your soon-to-be-tax deductible donations will make possible.
Again, our thanks to our wonderful Board of Directors – Linda Gross, Lanie Hoyo, Lorelei Kennedy, Michele Mariana, Darius Pierce, Yolanda Porter, Priscilla Prosser, Chrisse Roccaro and Christopher Toyne; our Advisory Board leaders, Harold Phillips and Nathaniel Applefield; Oregon Volunteer Lawyers For the Arts (www.oregonvla.org); Bryan Wasetis and The Aspect Law Group, LLC; and, especially, YOU, our performer members, for your continued support and participation. It really does take a village. Onward and upward together!