Re: non-profit status
From: Steve Faber (
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 10:57:32 -0700 (PDT)
Our group originally structured as a nonprofit (state, not federal 501c3). This was incredibly valuable in the beginning stages because we were given some breaks on rates, etc. that we struggled to afford in those initial years However, we transferred our assets over to LLC when it came time to develop the project. The final conversion will happen when we become a Homeowners Association. We also have a partnership with a nonprofit who is serving as our project manager on the project. There have been times that they have been able to use their nonprofit status to get us through doors more cheaply as well. Our accountant and lawyer helped us make the appropriate change, at the appropriate time in the most appropriate way.


On Jun 4, 2007, at 1:48 PM, Sharon Villines wrote:

On Jun 4, 2007, at 12:09 PM, Lynette Bassman wrote:

We are a group in formation (starting construction
next month, with openings for more members) and have had to pass up
several opportunities for substantially lower rates for ads on
radio and
in print that are available to non-profits. Also, we have been unable
to qualify for public service announcements on TV and radio when we
had special events. It's probably wishful thinking, but I'd just like
to know if there is any precedent out there.

Look at state requirements for incorporation as a non-profit. One
group incorporated as a non-profit umbrella to further the cause of
cohousing. They were open to helping several groups form and the
umbrella had no vested interest as an organization in any of the
communities. So you could organize such a group.

It's a hard sell to make the argument that people who are building
their own homes are a non-profit organization since each member
stands to gain on a personal basis from their success.

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