Non profit status

Patricia said: Jul 23, 2012
Patricia Nuernberg
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Kent, WA
13 posts

With a studio of 45 students, it became necessary many year ago to have our weekly group lessons in a church. Because of the church’s non profit status, I needed to assure them that I wasn’t making any money from this activity. My promise was sufficient. Since that informal covenant many years ago, group has prospered attracting a few other teachers to join forces with me. Searching for a larger venue has brought up the idea that group should incorporate as a non profit entity so that churches can comply with the ever increasing state legislation regarding the use of their property.

Has any one had experience in forming a non profit?
Thanks,
Patty

Nina Black said: Jul 24, 2012
Nina Black
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Modesto, CA
10 posts

Yes, Modesto Suzuki Association has been a non-profit about 25 + years. We currently have 8 violin teachers, 2 cello teachers and 11 piano teachers, and are government by a board consisting of parents and teachers. We have annual fund-raisers to provide a selection of various-sized string instruments, piano footrests, teacher-training and student scholarships.

We have weekly group classes at a local church, but also use other community facilities.

If you want more information, please contact me privately, and I can put you in touch with our treasurer. I do remember it was a bit tricky to form in the beginning, but seems to run like clockwork now.

Best regards in this,
Nina

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 25, 2012
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

You may want to check and see if there is a larger local organization, such as a state Suzuki chapter or association, that you can join as a branch—this is what we do, and we are a non-profit because our “parent” organization (Suzuki Music Association of California) is a non-profit.

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