I am a startup business owner of a youth services / programs LLC. I chose to go with the LLC instead of a non profit due to the affordability & legal structure. However, I am technically running as a non profit at the moment & am frustrated that I am unable to find help with funding. If I was a non profit it would be less of a problem.
Would it make the most sense to switch completely from an LLC to a non profit or apply for recognition of exemption under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)? I am a struggling college student with very low income, so price is a bit issue.
1 Answer from Attorneys
This all depends on how you fund this enterprise. There is certainly no out of the box answer for this.
I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
If you would like to discuss further over a free phone consult, feel free to contact me anytime that is convenient.
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