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"You have to incorporate first, make sure you tell them it is for a non-profit organization or 501 (c) (3), then you have to get your ID number and finally you apply for a 501 c 3 status. The attorneys can do all of it or part of it. The incorporation is the most difficult. Also you have to register as a Charitable organization with the State of NY CHAR 410. You have to develop your By-Laws, include a sample and write a Mission Statement.SS-4 is the application for ID number.Publication 557 is for tax exempt status from 1023 and 872cAt the beginning you and your friends can be on the board and later on if any of you want to be paid and work as an employee you have to resign from the board and find another board member. The Executive Director position is a paid position. The President, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Presidents are unpaid they are part of the Board."
I really like the idea of meeting the people in person. For one, I think the interviewees would open up and be more honest.
Can I go the Lulu/POD route while simultaneously releasing the file for free digitally? I definitely want to give it away for free, but at the same time I'd like to offer something POD for the people that donate more than X amount of dollars.