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Are you ready to make the leap? Sustaining your MRC by becoming a nonprofit. Liisa Jackson Region 4A Medical Reserve Coordinator and Jodie Silverman The Medical Foundation. Goals: . Help decide if becoming a nonprofit organization is right for your MRC

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are you ready to make the leap sustaining your mrc by becoming a nonprofit

Are you ready to make the leap? Sustaining your MRC by becoming a nonprofit

Liisa Jackson

Region 4A Medical Reserve Coordinator

and

Jodie Silverman

The Medical Foundation

goals
Goals:
  • Help decide if becoming a nonprofit organization is right for your MRC
  • Provide tools to build your MRC into a nonprofit
  • Share best practices and experiences

Liisa: Living Case Study

Jodie: The Big Picture

inspiration
Inspiration…

Non-profit and voluntary organizations respond to the deeply rooted need for individuals to be part of something bigger than themselves.*

* Peter Frumkin, On Being Nonprofit

living case study ma region 4a
Living Case Study: MA Region 4A
  • MA Region 4A is comprised of 34 towns and cities; arriving at consensus was like herding cats!
  • Here’s how MA Region 4A operates...
  • Opportunities and challenges of “Region 4A-MRC.org”
is nonprofit status right for your mrc
Is nonprofit status right for your MRC?

Assess:

  • Is there available funding to sustain nonprofit status?
  • Is there a core volunteer base to provide fiduciary and governance oversight?
  • What’s to be gained (or lost) by becoming a nonprofit?
before you run off to get your 501c3 application
Before you run off to get your 501c3 application!
  • Build a strong foundation -- this will pay off!
      • Build partnerships with Board of Health, LEPC, Police, Fire to determine the needs of the community
partnerships
Partnerships
  • Build partnerships with other community organizations
  • Region 4A has build strong Partnerships with local Organizations, and the big one is the Boston Marathon Partnership
build credibility
Build credibility:
  • Get organized with an advisory committee to run the MRC locally
  • Reach out to MRC members -- they are your greatest resources
benefits of nonprofit status
Benefits of nonprofit status
  • Can seek out and accept funds tax-free
  • A mechanism for administering donated funds and grants
  • Paid staff to manage your MRC
benefits of nonprofit status1
Benefits of nonprofit status
  • Formalize volunteer structure (e.g., roles and responsibilities for Board of Directors); accountability
  • Build social capital, good will, and trust
  • A formal venue for advocacy and lobbying activities
challenges
…Challenges…
  • All of the benefits of becoming a nonprofit are in turn, challenges:
    • Funding?
    • Staffing?
    • Volunteer?

= Sustainability and many “masters”

nut and bolts
Nut and Bolts…
  • Develop a mission statement
  • Recruit a Board of Directors
  • Hire a lawyer and accountant (could be volunteers)
nuts and bolts
Nuts and Bolts…
  • Draft articles of incorporation and file for incorporation (state)
  • Draft by-laws
  • File for federal tax-exempt status
  • Build a development (fundraising) plan
more foundation building
More foundation building…
  • Assist with public health initiatives (flu clinics, fairs, education)
  • Ensure level of volunteer training as requested by local emergency personnel and MRC
  • Partner, partner, partner!!!
and yet more foundation building
…and yet more foundation building…
  • Ongoing recruitment
  • Rely on your local advisory committees
  • Managing growth…and volunteers
is nonprofit the only way to go
Is nonprofit the only way to go?
  • Other options for your MRC:
    • All volunteer
    • Opinion leader
    • Fiscal agency

= strong models to consider

are your ready
Are your ready?
  • Know your strengths and use them…
  • …and get assistance with your limitations: Asking for money? I have a funny story!

= rely on your volunteers!

tool kit
Tool Kit:
  • Letter to community groups and Local government
  • Press releases
  • Local MRC Executive Committee guidelines
more tools
More tools:
  • Letter to recruit MRC EC members
  • First Board of Directors meeting agenda to form a corporation
more tools1
More Tools:
  • Guidelines for local Executive Committees
  • Partnerships are huge (discussion)!
more tools2
More tools………….
  • Conflict of Interest Policy temp plate
  • 501c3 Bylaws temp plate
if you are ready
If you are ready…
  • Use your toolkit….
  • Ask us questions…give us your thoughts…
  • Have fun!!!
resources for when you ve forgotten all of this
Resources for when you’ve forgotten all of this!
  • www.region4a-mrc.org
    • Liisa Jackson

MA Region 4A MRC Coordinator # 774-278-0059

  • Jodie Silverman

The Medical Foundation

# 617-279-2240, ext. 210