Becoming a Full-Fledged Dot Org

Has anyone out there every created a non-profit, or not-for-profit organization? I need some help. Information, assistance (legal and otherwise), and ideas would help a lot.

I want my dot org to be a real dot org. That has always been my intent, but discussions on textbased.com of late have spurred my interest again. I want usabilityworks.org to be a site where people can get information, training, support and even design help in exchange for tax-deductible donations. I also see industry leaders offering their services through usabilityworks.org. They could tax-deduct their time, and you could tax-deduct you entrance fee into the classes.

I really want to create a learning environment here. Socratic method with rock sitting and everything. But first I need to make it legal and I have no idea how to do that. Well, I have some idea from the reading I have done so far, but help is always nice and appreciated.

Let me know what you think of the idea, or if you have any help to offer.

2 replies on “Becoming a Full-Fledged Dot Org”

  1. I don’t know what I might be able to do, but I’d like to help in any way I can. Come to think of it, I could probably provide free website hosting, if you’d be interested. I could offer design help if it was needed too, of course :)

  2. Cool. I have a list of people who are interested and I will add you to it.

    We’ll see about the hosting. I have Pro level on Typepad, so I can have as many sites as I want. But I will keep the generous offer in mind.

    Sometimes grassroots (hate the term but it is appropriate) efforts can generate good things, especially if the idea is to make everybody better at what we do.

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