I was helping a homeschool leader apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for her homeschool co-op when she mentioned that she had created a binder of important papers. That’s an excellent idea!
I suggested she create three binders and share them with her board members, especially:
- The secretary who is the keeper of the paperwork for the organization
- The treasurer who is responsible for the annual reporting to the IRS and their state.
- The board president whose job it is to make sure everyone else is doing their jobs.
All the board members are responsible for management of the nonprofit and compliance with nonprofit laws. Having a binder of important papers that leaders can to pass down future leaders will make sure the organization is managed well and in compliance with all its reporting obligations.
Here’s what to put in your homeschool organization binders:
- Employer Identification Number (EIN) letter from the IRS.
- Articles of Incorporation from your state. This should be the official certified copy with a date stamp proving that your Articles of Incorporation were filed with your Secretary of State.
- Bylaws. Date them so you have the most recent copy.
- IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.
- IRS Annual Information Returns, the Form 990N, 990-EZ or full 990s
- IRS Form 8822-B to change the contact name associated with your EIN or to change your address
- Any state annual reports you file. (If you don’t know what reports you need to file with the state, contact me and I can help.)
- Helpful articles from HomeschoolCPA.com
- Books by Carol Topp, CPA especially Money Management in a Homeschool Organization
- HomeschoolCPA.com website.
I highly recommend that you laminate or protect in plastic sheets these important documents.
Pass these binders down to the leaders who succeed you!
Carol Topp, CPA