hey, its ariel again from the bikefarm project: To everyone whose sent me a response, Thank you..I still wpi;d appreciate hearing from those who haven't yet, but take your time. Its great to hear how all these projects got started... each in its own unique way.
good news: I've found a lawyer! At this point, he's asked me to collect the articles of exemption from projects who have filed for 501c3 and gotton it. We'd like to use your application forms as a basis for wording on our own forms. Thus far, I have the exemption forms of SOPO and the Bicycle Kitchen from http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=IRS_Form_1023
If you are an organization whose achieved 501c3 status, I would really like a copy of your exemption forms. I know its difficult to dig these up, but it would be really helpful for me, as the more I have the better chance i'll be able to achieve this status here in portland. maybe you could scan them, or even send me paper forms in the mail if thats easier. Thanks so much for your help. This is my best resource thus far. sincerely (dedicated to bikes), Ariel