I have spent my career in nonprofit planning and administration. I’ve been involved in the early start-up of five charities and now specialize in helping nonprofit start-ups succeed. There are many urban myths about the nonprofit sector. It’s almost as bad as losing weight or having a baby. Everyone may be entitled to their opinion, but wouldn’t you rather be operating from facts?
We at Thrive South have no desire to deter anyone wanting to serve their community. But, much like the medical field, there is a lot at stake when caring people try to help others. Well-meaning but knowledgeable people offer poor advice and founders often put too little effort into planning before filing legal paperwork. Then, they are not prepared to be fiscally responsible, legally compliant, and mission focused.
Read on to see some big misconceptions about how a 501(c)(3) charity is formed. You’ll find that some charities don’t follow these guidelines. Sometimes, leadership may be breaking the law. In others, they may not know better, or they just don’t care.
Mentor Kimberly Massey
In addition to my work in the social impact field, I have a great husband of 27 years and an incredible 20 year old daughter. Our family lives in central Mississippi and we provide a loving, but sometimes chaotic home to two awesome dogs and a turtle.
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