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The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affair’s Community Based Programs Division assist faith and community-based groups in implementing programs to alleviate socio-economic deprivation in minority and poor communities. This includes providing technical assistance and training for capacity building.
Our Community Based Services Division conforms to President George Bush’s faith based approach to providing community services closest to the people who need them. This work includes providing technical assistance and training in the following areas:
Appoint the Organization’s Officers and Governing Board
Develop the Organization’s Mission Statement
Apply for Non-profit Corporation Status
complete Non-profit Corporation Articles of Incorporation form (include 501 c 3 attachment)
filling fee of $25 must accompany the form, Articles of Incorporation
Establish By-laws which include the following:
officers, their duties and terms
the organization’s fiscal year
Complete Form SS-4 (Application for Employer Identification Number)
Complete Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Exemption)
filing fee is either $275 or $600
The Mission Statement
A good mission statement should accurately explain why your organization exists and what it hopes to achieve in the future. It articulates the organization’s essential nature, its values, and its work.
An effective mission statement must express the organization’s purpose in a way that inspires commitment, innovation, and courage.
Your organization’s mission statement should answer three key questions:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
“The mission of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally supported, one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, national leadership and standards of excellence.”
The purpose: to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth so that they’ll achieve their highest potential;
The business: providing and supporting committed volunteers who have one-to- one relationships with children and youth;
The values: individuals who are confident, competent, and caring; leadership and standards of excellence.
What Is a Non-profit Board of Directors?
How Important is the Board of Directors?
What are the Board’s Responsibilities?
Who Should Serve on a Non-profit Board of Directors?
Download the Sample Bylaws (.doc) for your use.