Several weeks ago I wrote about the frustrating experience I had trying to open a post office box for the Abortion Access Network of Arizona. Well, I’m proud to report that AANA has gotten its feet off of the ground, and we are ready to take names and kick some ass. We’ve had a few snafus since we started in June, but we’ve also learned several practical lessons along the way. Here are a few tips in case you’re trying to start an abortion fund/nonprofit yourself.
There is one overall tip for all of these steps – and that is to pick a consistent physical address for your abortion fund. You will need it for your articles of incorporation, business license application, PO Box, bank account, and many other things that I’m probably forgetting. None of us wants the possibility of antis showing up on our doorstep for a home protest – but the reality is that if the antis are determined to show up your house, they’re going to do it anyway. So pick a physical address that you can use, and then use the same address on all your paperwork.
1. Establish your contact information. You will need a phone number and an e-mail account for all of the paperwork you are about to file. You can get a free phone number through Google Voice that will forward voicemail to your e-mail address. It’s pretty snazzy.
2. Get your EIN. An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is something you get for free from the IRS. You will need it to open a bank account, file for a business license, open a post office box . . . basically, everything you need to be a legit organization. [Read more...]