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Is there any pro bono help to address an RFP?

asked 2014-12-02 13:04:41 -0800

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updated 2014-12-05 09:27:10 -0800

Denise gravatar image

Is anyone out there that can help write a proposal for an RFP for free?

Has any one heard of or used L3C? Is it a for-profit and non-profit business together?

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In the future, you'll get more help if you ask two separate questions with two separate posts.

Grant ( 2014-12-05 09:30:18 -0800 )edit

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answered 2014-12-05 09:22:50 -0800

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It looks like you're asking two questions here:

  1. Where can I get pro bono help to write a proposal for an RFP?
  2. Is the Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) legal form of a business entity recommended fo rme?

When you're starting out without much seed money, you can expect to do a lot of the work yourself. But don't worry, it's not as hard as you think. A group of three or four motivated individuals can band together and divide up the work to write a solid proposal. You may not get funded but you'll learn from the experience and have practice for the next one.

Filing your organization as an L3C depends greatly on your purpose and goals. Note that not all states have recognized this new legal entity. The greatest benefits, as compared with a traditional 501c3, is the ability to distribute the organization's profits to members and owners. Overall, the 501c3 structure is much more common. As of November 26, 2014 here's a tally of L3Cs organized by state:

  • 168  L3Cs organized in Vermont (since April 2008)
  • 265  L3Cs organized in Michigan (since January 2009)
  • 38   L3Cs organized in Wyoming (since February 2009)
  • 67   L3Cs organized in Utah (since March 2009)
  • 177  L3Cs organized in Illinois (since January 2010)
  • 105  L3Cs organized in North Carolina (since August 2010)
  • 207  L3Cs organized in Louisiana (since August 2010)
  • 45   L3Cs organized in Maine (since July 2011)
  • 9    L3Cs organized in Rhode Island (starting July 2012)

Note also that some states have repealed their L3C laws. Most notably North Carolina removed the designation effective January 1, 2014.

Source: interSector Partners, L3C

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answered 2014-12-02 16:34:09 -0800

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updated 2014-12-05 09:28:59 -0800

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Not familiar with any pro bono propsal help but would suggest that you reach out to your support community as well as your Board of Directors and volunteers if you have them. Best to find someone with actual grant writing experience in addition to just being a good writer -- it is really an art and a science! You can find some good books on the subject if you have the time -- also an excellent system that teaches you how to put together everything you need to tell your story well at Write Foundation Grants Fast.

Check out L3C's on Wikipedia and be sure to seek legal advice!

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