Each new “I Have A Dream” affiliate must take steps to establish themselves as an independent charitable organization

The steps in this process include:

  • Incorporation
  • Determination of tax-exempt status
  • Cre­ation of a Board of Directors
  • Insuring the affiliate and its participants

Laws regarding these issues vary from state to state and from municipality to municipality and are subject to change, therefore each affiliate must seek competent legal advice in its own locality. To assist affiliates in securing professional services locally, some suggestions for finding legal counsel and auditors are provided below. Some great resources are also available here.

Establishing A Nonprofit: In Depth Learning and Resources