Helping a Nonprofit Get Off the Ground

PLC Board Chair Julie M. McCoy joins Heroes' Wings Foundation Founder Wayne Pliss for a conversation about nonprofits, everyday heroes, and their passion for flying  


Julie M. McCoy
PLC Board Chair
Wayne Pliss
Heroes' Wings Foundation

Beginning in May, PLC helped the founders and staff of the Heroes' Wings Foundation prepare for their mission to "provide transportation services to our heroes who touch our hearts every day." PLC prepared the group's application for California tax-exempt status, amended their bylaws, provided ongoing general counsel advice and support, and facilitated pro bono assistance to develop employee and volunteer handbooks.   

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Young Attorney Steps Up to Help Non-profit in Pro Bono Case 
Sam Lam works with PLC's Community Organization Legal Assistance Project

Sam Lam
PLC Attorney

The Public Law Center (PLC) is known as Orange County's Pro Bono Law Firm. For attorney Sam Lam, PLC's reputation as the "go to" place for pro bono became apparent even as a first-year law student at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Fast forward a few years and Sam, now an associate with Jones Day, was encouraged to volunteer with PLC. 


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Starting a New Nonprofit or Know Someone Who Is?


For certain small nonprofits, the IRS application may have become EZ'er, but the initial corporate necessities remain the same. Here are just some of the things they will need to do before applying:


  • Determine the name of the Organization 
  • Draft and file Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State 
  • Appoint the initial Board of Directors 
  • Draft the Organization's Bylaws and Conflict of Interest Policy 
  • Hold the 1st Meeting of the Board of Directors 
  • Apply for Employer Identification Number (EIN) 


We Can Help!  


Public Law Center's Community Organization Legal Assistance Project (COLAP) makes free legal services available to community-based nonprofit organizations. 


Find out more by contacting Sarah Efthymiou at (714) 541-1010 x293. 


You can also attend our upcoming training in collaboration with OneOC. 


Starting a New Nonprofit? The 501(c)(3) Reality Checklist


September 9, 2014 

9am to 12pm 

OneOC Training Room, Suite 100 

1901 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana 


Click here to register.



September 9


The 501c3 Reality Checklist

(In partnership with OneOC) 

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