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The past 100 years have seen an explosion of scientific advancement and discovery. Anyone who wants to improve the world would be attracted to doing it through nonprofit scientific 501c3 research organizations.

But what allows your research program to qualify for 501c3 status? How do you get it going, or keep it running smoothly?

Contact the team at BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions and we can guide you to success through our findings with the 30,000 customers we’ve served.

What Qualifies As A Science Nonprofit

When starting non profit scientific organizations, especially when applying for 501c3 status, the IRS will have a three part question about the program’s activities:

  1. Are they scientific?
  2. Are they based on research?
  3. Are they in the public interest?

You can demonstrate public interest if your data is freely available to the public, or if it’s done for a government agency. There is also a non-exhaustive list of other research activities that benefit the public, like helping the scientific education of university students or discovering the cure for a disease.

Research & development for a private corporation, however, is not in the public interest and does not qualify as a 501c3.

Starting Up

There are a few things that every science nonprofit needs when starting up to become a viable institution. They include:

  • Name
  • Mission
  • Website
  • Incorporation
  • Board of Directors
  • 501c3 Status
  • Funds

This can seem like a lot, but the community at BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions has all the information and guidance you need so you can hit the ground running on your research instead of dealing with snags and forgotten forms. If you have a great idea, contact us and talk to one of our consultants so we can help you figure out exactly what you need to make it happen.

Woman conducting cancer research at a science nonprofit

Growing and Maintaining Non Profit Scientific Research Organizations

It can be easy to get so focused on the research that you forget the business side of running a science nonprofit.

  • Grant Writing
  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Guidance on Annual IRS Forms
  • Bookkeeping Services
  • Payroll Services
  • Guidance on Insurance for Nonprofits

Each one of these could be a full-time job, requiring a full-time salary. But when you’re still running a small operation, rely on BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions to help you knock out the business so you can get down to science. Call our team of consultants today to find out how we can best help you help others.

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