SIDE PROJECT INC

What's Your Charitable Side Project?

Boynton Beach, FL   |  www.sideprojectinc.org

Mission

Side Project Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote social justice and social change by incubating and developing grassroots projects. Since 2012, we have helped more than fifty small grassroots nonprofit organizations establish a strong foundation by helping them with legal and operational challenges. We provide resources, training, and technical assistance to nonprofit leaders and social change agents. Our work follows an Asset Based Community Development strategy (see http://www.abcdinstitute.org/). Using this strategy, we seek to build on and support community assets and work to mobilize individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to build onto their existing assets. This approach focuses on the potential of a community.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Fromknecht

Main address

2405 Quantum Blvd

Boynton Beach, FL 33426 USA

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EIN

46-0769403

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (R02)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (T19)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Side Project understands the many injustices that affect communities including poverty, discrimination, racism, addiction, and exclusion. While these issues touch many of our Board and staff personally, we understand that we are not the experts. Instead, we focus on finding and supporting leaders who are working on solutions. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we do have a process to empower community leaders to help them solve self-defined problems using solutions they create from their existing resources and assets. We help project leaders take their project from the “idea” phase to the “implementation” phase. Side Project was started in response to the cofounders' experience as a community organizer. He worked with many grassroots volunteer groups and these groups often had questions about the legal issues impacting their work and organization but did not have the resources for professional counsel.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low Bono Tax-Exempt & Nonprofit Organization Legal Services

The Tax-Exempt & Nonprofit Organization practice provides legal support to nonprofits in Pennsylvania and Florida. This program supports small and start-up nonprofits to get them off the ground and to begin making an impact in their community.

Our staff and volunteer attorney’s (licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida) act as in-house to the nonprofit providing consultation in the following areas:

Nonprofit Corporate Law & Governance — We help with the creation and formation of a nonprofit corporation, making sure all the statutory requirements are satisfied. This includes filing the articles of incorporation, drafting bylaws, and creating and maintaining a corporate minute book.

Corporate Compliance Services — This starts off with an audit of your agency’s current legal compliance issues. Is the organization properly incorporated? Has the organization been following through on corporate formalities? Many states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, have enacted some type of Charitable Registration Act. These laws require charitable organizations to register and file annual reports with certain state agencies.

Tax Exempt Law — While many charities are tax exempt, there are still tax concerns and issues that nonprofit organizations should consider. This includes filing for federal tax-exempt status and helping to complete federal, state, and local annual tax returns (if applicable). We also help your organization decide what type of federal tax-exemption best suits your mission, and file the application for exemption.

Social Enterprise Law — We work with social entrepreneurs and social enterprises helping them decide on corporate structure and governance practices. There several options for social enterprises to consider when deciding what legal form to adopt. However, it is not the legal form that makes a social enterprise, its the activities. We help develop out your idea and business plan, and then help craft a legal structure that positions the organization for success.

Population(s) Served

The foundation support program supports private charitable foundations who do not have full time program officers in selecting qualified, legitimate nonprofit organizations to support financially. Our team reviews potential grantees before grant awards are made.

Services provided through this program include:

Organizational Due Diligence — This includes a review of compliance with federal, state, and local regulations (including filing of tax returns). It also ensures the organization is properly registered as a nonprofit charitable organization and that it is following all required corporate formalities.

Program Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement Programs – We offer a unique approach to evaluation that is tailored to the needs of the clients and captures, documents, and shares the great work your company does. A logic model approach is used to create a picture of how your foundation carries out its mission—the theory and assumptions underlying your social-investment programs. The logic model links outcomes (both short- and long-term) with activities/processes and the theoretical assumptions of the program. The logic model is the blueprint and sets the stage for a comprehensive program evaluation or continuous quality-improvement program. We can also work with your grantees to help them capture the impact of your investment.

Population(s) Served

We are a nonprofit incubator and social change accelerator. We believe in the power of grassroots community organizations and work with new projects and initiatives to determine their best path forward. Side Project provides fiscal sponsorship and management for new and innovative projects focused on progressive social change. We help social change agents and groups implement new programs, bring together groups to collaborate on an issue, and test new approaches to social change. Fiscal sponsorship is a common mechanism used in the nonprofit sector that enables individuals and organizations to start new programs without establishing a new, separate nonprofit organization.

Population(s) Served

Fundraising activities of nonprofit organizations are regulated by state law. Many states have charitable solicitation laws that require nonprofits, as well as any paid professional “fundraising counsel” or consultant hired to assist the nonprofit with fundraising activities, to register with the state before the nonprofit or professional solicits any donations.

Many organizations have registration and filing requirements in multiple states. We provide a comprehensive charitable solicitation registration solution for small to medium size nonprofit organizations that fundraise in more than one state.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Legal Aid and Public Defender Association - Member 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

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Totals By Year
Context Notes

Side Project’s volunteer corps harnesses the power and energy of young (& old) professionals who want to give back to the community by taking on a charitable side project

Hours of legal assistance offered

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Related Program

Low Bono Tax-Exempt & Nonprofit Organization Legal Services

Context Notes

We provided training and technical assistance to nonprofit leaders and social change agents to help them understand the rules, regulations and laws impacting their social change efforts

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low Bono Tax-Exempt & Nonprofit Organization Legal Services

Context Notes

1.The Rules, Regulations and Laws Impacting Social Change Efforts 2. Community Organizing & Development Strategies 3. Inclusion Of ALL People In The Community 4. Evaluation & Outcome Measurement

Number of training programs created

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low Bono Tax-Exempt & Nonprofit Organization Legal Services

Context Notes

1. The Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Community; 2. Understanding 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations; 3. Ethical implications of pro bono work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Side Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose aim is to promote social justice and social change by linking micro-assets to the macro-environment. We combine the philosophy and values of social work with the tools of the law to incubate and develop grassroots projects focused on social change.

We provided the resources, training, and technical assistance to nonprofit leaders and social change agents. Our work follows an Asset-Based Community Development strategy (See http://www.abcdinstitute.org/). Using this strategy, we seek to identify and support community assets and work to mobilize individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to build on their existing assets. This approach focuses on the potential of a community. Many communities address social and economic problems with only a small number of the community's total capacity. This is the challenge and opportunity of community engagement. Our strategy starts with the belief that EVERYONE IN A COMMUNITY HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER.

Our work supports individuals, organizations, and institutions focused on social change as they try to begin to identify, utilize, and add to the existing assets of their community.
Our resources, training, and technical assistance focus on:
1. The Rules, Regulations, and Laws Impacting Social Change Efforts.
2. Community Organizing & Development Strategies.
3. Inclusion Of ALL People In The Community.
4. Evaluation & Outcome Measurement.

Side Project is led by co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fromknecht. Jeff received his M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, and the United States Tax Court. Jeff has spent his career in the nonprofit sector and has more than 12 years of experience working at health and human service nonprofits. Jeff coordinates a talented team of part-time staff, volunteers, and interns who bring their skills, passion, and social capital to support and enhance the impact of small nonprofits and grassroots projects.

Side Project is fueled by the passion and energy of a dedicated corps of young professionals with a passion to give back to the community. Jeff coordinates the volunteer efforts and matches volunteers with a charitable side project. Many of our volunteers are lawyers who help with legal issues, but we have individuals from other fields as well, including accounting, computer programming, website design, graphic design, editing, community organizing, and social administration.

With our guidance, support, and resources, we helped our clients provide college scholarships to high-school seniors, support people with disabilities to be involved in their community, shelter and feed stray dogs and cats, care for single moms recently divorced, turn dilapidated houses into homes, provide recreational opportunities for children with autism, train health and human service professionals, and publish a book.

We have been working to promote community inclusion for people with disabilities. To date, we have held four workshops and published one book, two white papers, and numerous blog posts, tweets, and Facebook posts all focused on helping the community understand the importance of the concept of social capital and the value that diversity brings to the community. More than 400 people attended our workshop, and our email distribution list has several hundred participants. We also participated in one-on-one technical support and advice with four organizations. Several thousand people learned from materials and videos posted on our website.

Training and technical assistance focus on helping the community understand community organizing strategies and the state and federal rules, laws, regulations, and compliance issues impacting charitable, education, and scientific projects. This included one-on-one consultations to more than 40 nonprofits and would-be nonprofit organizations (with budgets less than $500,000) helping more than 50 people. We published one article in the Florida Bar's Public Interest Law Section newsletter on the rules concerning political activities and issue advocacy at nonprofit organizations. This article was distributed to the more than 500 members of the Public Interest Law Section.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SIDE PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffrey Fromknecht

Nick Koch

Dave Brown

Nate Bish

Steven Fetzner

Sean Causgrove

Nicole DiMario

Kelsey Ripper

Jeff Fromknecht

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No