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Help Name MWL's New 501c3 Charitable Organization

Thursday, December 12, 2013  

MWL Needs Your Brilliant Creativity: Help Name MWL's New 501(c)3 Charitable Organization (and Be Eligible To Win An Aveda Gift Card)

Exciting things are happening at Minnesota Women Lawyers! MWL is in the process of forming a 501(c)3 charitable arm, and we need your imagination and ingenuity. Before MWL submits its charitable application to the Internal Revenue Service, we need a name for our new organization! (And "MWL's Charitable Organization" is just plain boring....) We're turning to our brilliant membership for ideas and suggestions. In the end, we are looking for something that is catchy, reflective of our mission, and maybe even inspiring.

All ideas must be submitted to Minnesota Women Lawyers by Friday, December 6, using the form available HERE. All suggestions will be considered by the MWL 501(c)3 Implementation Taskforce. Finalists will be recommended to the MWL Board of Directors for final selection in early 2014. If MWL adopts your suggestion for our new charitable organization, we'll announce it to our membership, giving you all the credit and proper adoration. Plus, we'll send a $50 Aveda gift card your way!!

Note: more than one idea from a single individual will be accepted. However, separate forms must be filled out for each suggestion.

A Little Background

Since its incorporation in 1972, Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) has been organized as a professional organization exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, contributions made directly to MWL have not been deductible as charitable donations. However, given our mission and our work, MWL has long considered the possibility of taking steps to offer a tax-deductible option to donors, in connection with various MWL activities.

Last year, 2012-2013 Board President Dana Bartocci appointed a Taskforce to explore how MWL may best be able to structure itself in order to receive tax-deductible contributions. After exploring many options, the MWL Board of Directors approved the Taskforce's recommendation to maintain it's current 501(c)6 association, but also establish an MWL 501(c)3 charitable arm.

Now, under the leadership of 2013-2014 Board President Teresa Fariss McClain, another taskforce has been established to implement the creation of MWL 501(c)3 charitable arm. Although the exact function of the 501(c)3 organization is yet to be determined, many MWL activities could be included under the charitable umbrella. These activities include law student scholarships, charitable tributes on behalf of MWL members, endowments, planned giving opportunities, public policy work, community service work, educational activities, etc.

MWL anticipates submitting it's charitable application to the IRS in early 2014.

Questions? Contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa at 612/338-3205 or


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