We achieved 501(c)(3) status relatively easily. We used Nolo's guide and it really helped. 

Key elements were the source of funding, people served, the existence of a Board of Directors, by laws that prevent conflicts of interest, and a plan for what to do with assets if the corporation folds. 

-Doug Franz
Coatesville community bike works

On Apr 25, 2013, at 10:33 AM, greenbean246 Green <greenbean246@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hello Bike Co-Ops!  The Lincoln Bike Kitchen is gathering corroborating information for our 501(c)3 filing.  It would be most helpful to us if we could hear from other bike co-ops which have tax exempt status regarding what part of the IRS code you fall under.  Being able to tell the IRS what kind of charity other bike co-ops have been designated will help them give us a designation more quickly.  We appreciate any info any of you can give us.  Thanks!
B. J. Green
Lincoln Bike Kitchen
Lincoln, NE
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