WHAT IS THE PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP? The Pro Bono Partnership, a tax-exempt public charity, is a complete legal resource center for nonprofit organizations and attorneys. The Partnership provides free legal services to community-based organizations in Westchester County, NY and surrounding areas; Fairfield County, CT and surrounding areas; Hartford County, CT and surrounding areas; and New Jersey. Our primary focus is to assist groups that work in the areas of health and human services, affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, the arts and the environment. Using our experienced in-house staff as well as a resource network of volunteer legal professionals from leading corporations and law firms, the Pro Bono Partnership provides eligible groups with a variety of services. Legal Services We offer advice and counsel on matters related to: Community and economic development Corporate structure and governance Contracts and leases Real estate Employment law Environmental law Tax law and tax exempt status Intellectual property law Regulatory compliance (e.g. registration, annual reporting, charitable solicitation) Merger, bankruptcy, and dissolution. Education We conduct workshops on the laws pertaining to nonprofit and tax exempt organizations, with easy to understand materials on legal issues that can be used for problem solving or practical guidance. To be eligible, an organization must be (i) a nonprofit, community-service organization whose primary purpose is to operate ongoing programs or activities that benefit low-income communities or that otherwise serve the public interest and (ii) unable to pay for legal services without significant impairment of program resources. When we receive the application, we will review it and make an initial determination of whether your organization is eligible for our legal assistance. If yes, we will meet with you to discuss your legal needs in depth. Following this meeting, we will look for volunteer lawyers to assist the organization in conjunction with a Partnership staff attorney. There are no fees for the majority of the Partnership’s services. For more information, please contact us: in Westchester and Fairfield Counties at (914) 328- 0674; in New Jersey at (973) 968-7043; in Hartford at (860) 541-4950; or at www.probonopartnership.org. D:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\cf0f7c3a-be7f-4db1-abfd-ea4689829fe6.doc Request for Pro Bono Legal Assistance This form, and the required documents described at the end of this form, will help the Pro Bono Partnership learn more about your organization and its legal needs. Please send the completed form and additional documents to the Partnership by mail, fax (for NY and CT organizations, fax # 914-328-0538; for NJ organizations, fax # 973-394-7943), or e-mail. Please note that while the Partnership generally does not charge for its services, there is a $500.00 fee for groups we help with incorporation and/or applying for tax exemption. 1. a. Name of your organization: b. Address: c. Phone ( ) d. Fax ( ) e. e-mail:________________________ f. Website address: _____________________ 2. a. Name of contact person: ____ b. Title: d. Email: ________________________ 3. Describe the purpose and/or mission of your organization. Attach additional information if necessary. a. How long has your organization existed? b. Is your organization incorporated as a nonprofit organization? YES NO c. Is your organization tax-exempt? YES NO 5. How many people are involved in running the organization? Board Members:____; Staff:____; Volunteers:____. 6. Approximately how many people does your organization currently serve? __ 7. a. What is your organization's annual budget? $_________ b. Is there a line for legal fees? YES NO c. If yes, how much?_________ 8. Please describe the specific kinds of legal assistance you now need or anticipate needing in the future. Attach an additional sheet if necessary. 9. Please provide the name and affiliation of any lawyer that is now helping or has helped your organization, briefly describing the services provided. ________________________________________________________________ 10. Please provide the name, telephone number, and affiliation of any attorney(s) that sit on the organization’s board of directors. 11. Please tell us where you heard about Pro Bono Partnership. Signature: Print Name and Title: Date: __________________ Additional Required Information A. For existing organizations: please provide the following (if you can’t locate any of these documents, simply submit the completed form with the documentation you currently have): 1. Certificate of Incorporation 2. IRS tax determination letter 3. List of directors and officers, including titles and affiliations 4. Bylaws 5. Budget 6. Any other organizational information that you think might be helpful (brochures, annual reports, program description, etc.) 7. Other documents you would like reviewed (e.g., personnel policies, contracts, waiver forms) B. For groups seeking to incorporate and/or obtain 501(c)(3) tax exemption: please provide the following: 1. A business plan or similar document. At a minimum, this should address the following: the mission of the organization a detailed description of the proposed activities that will accomplish the mission the target beneficiaries of the organization the communities where the activities will be conducted identification of other groups that are addressing the same issues in these communities, and a description of how your organization differs expected sources of financial support specific fundraising plans proposed three year budget proposed staffing of the organization (employees and/or volunteers) list of prospective board members a description of your experience, if any, working with a charitable organization a summary of steps taken, if any, to partner with another organization to carry out your activities 2. Sample grant proposals (if any) 3. Brochures, fliers or similar materials (if any) that describe your organization Note: If the Partnership determines that we can help your group with incorporation and/or applying for tax exemption, there will be a $500.00 fee for that service (in addition to all required state and federal filing fees).
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