The sponsorship opportunities we offer on Pear include both direct donations and custom apparel. In order to participate in our custom apparel sponsorships, there are not any requirements, other than being in a group of at least six members or more. However, our direct donation sponsorships require your organization to be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, which is obtained through the IRS. The process can be tedious, time consuming, and cost money, so make sure your group is prepared. We’ve highlighted the important steps for you!
- Filing for an EIN: The first step to this process will be to file for an Employee Identification Number (EIN). This is basically your account number with the IRS and is required whether or not your group employees individuals or not. You can apply for this number by filing Form SS-4.
- Applications: There a number of different applications that your organization could be required to fill out, depending on how your organization is constructed. The application will require a fee, and cannot be processed by the IRS without it.
- When to file: Your organization will have to file the application by the end of the 27th month after legally formed. Becoming a legally formed organization must be done through the state.
- The waiting game: You’re almost done! While your application is pending through the IRS your organization is still allowed to operate as a tax-exempt organization.
- Determination Letter: Congratulations! Once you receive a letter from the IRS stating that they recognize your organization as having exempt status, you are finished!
Keep in mind, all documentation you receive from the IRS during this process should be kept somewhere safe. Most of the forms and applications that we mentioned can be found on the IRS website, along with any other information you might need about the process!