I wasn't exactly sure what group I should turn to for advice so I am posting this exact message on several groups, in the hope of finding someone that can help me....
A couple friends & I have decided that our area needs some kind of memorial to honor the memories of those have have served our community. We haven't been able to find out exactly how to "form" a group/organization (paperwork) so that we are able to start accepting donations for the memorial to be built.
I have worked for non-profits off and on for 13 yrs & have been in administrative positions in several fire departments, I know how these organizations operate day-to-day but I am a little lost on how to or where to begin when starting something like this.
There is a VERY large interest in this memorial being built among the communities that would be included in this project. The individual that first had this idea, created a Facebook page for our group 10 months ago & to date, the page has 785 members. I feel that is quite impressive for our somewhat small area.
I will be holding a meeting with some of our members soon to discuss our organization structure & paperwork that we need to file with our State (West Virginia) & the Federal (USA) governments to make us "official". If anyone can direct me on what paperwork we should begin with or where I can find such information, that would be greatly helpful & much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time on this topic! Be careful & Stay safe out there!