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Justice & Diversity Center Legal Services Program: Community Organization Representation Project (CORP)

CORP is able to assist both existing 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and groups seeking to incorporate and obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Existing 501(c)(3) Organizations

CORP assists 501(c)(3) organizations that are based in Northern California, that directly serve low-income and underserved communities, and are unable to afford legal counsel.

If you believe the organization you work for qualifies and needs free legal services, email corp@sfbar.org at CORP the following intake information to start the application process:

  1. Name of the organization
  2. Address and contact information (Your organization must be based in Northern California)
  3. Mission statement
  4. Description of how the organization directly serves the low-income community
  5. Annual operating budget
  6. Legal need(s) - describe in detail
  7. Your organization's website address, if available

Once we receive the information we will contact you to move forward with the application process. When an organization's application has been approved we will immediately start to secure a pro bono attorney to address your legal need.

Seeking to Incorporate as a 501(c)(3) Organization?

Evaluate this 501(c)(3) eligibility checklist to see if CORP volunteer attorneys can help you:

  1. Does the organization have a name?
  2. Will the organization specifically serve low-income people within Northern California?
  3. Has fiscal sponsorship already been considered and determined unbeneficial to the organization?
  4. Have you prepared a three-year budget? (IRS requires a detailed budget in its application)
  5. Have you prepared a three-year fundraising plan?
  6. Has a board of directors been selected?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, your organization may be eligible for free legal assistance with incorporating and obtaining tax-exempt status. To continue with the intake process, please email us at corp@sfbar.org with your answers to the above intake questions, as well as the following identifying information:

  1. Name of the organization
  2. Name, title, address and contact information
  3. Mission statement
  4. Description of how the organization directly serves the low-income community
  5. Annual operating budget
  6. Legal need(s) - describe in detail
  7. Are you currently seeking legal services from any other organization or source?
  8. Your organization's website address, if available