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Juanita Smith, Visualizations CEO
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Visualizations, a popular local expert in setting up nonprofits, recently launched the ‘Paying It Forward' contest offering a free 501c3 Nonprofit Development Package to the winner.
According to founder and CEO Juanita Smith, the competition is open to individuals, churches, organizations and ministries seeking to establish services such as an outreach ministry, a community development corporation (CDC) or obtaining a 501c3 Determination letter.
"This contest is designed to encourage and inspire individuals who have a dream or vision to start a 501c3 Nonprofit Corporation, but currently, do not have the funds to develop a legal entity," said Smith.
"Visualizations will provide the free development package to the winner as well as underwrite all associated costs and fees. Once the new corporation begins functioning, the winner will be responsible for ‘Paying It Forward' by assisting someone in need, based on their organization's mission to achieve their goal," explained Smith.
To participate, entrants must answer five questions: (1) What type of 501c3 Nonprofit Corporation do you want to establish? (2) What steps have you taken toward accomplishing this goal? (3) What is the mission of your corporation? (4) Why should Visualizations choose you? (5) Provide three references listing name, relationship and telephone number.
The deadline to submit information is December 28. The entry form is on-line at www.visions501c3.org.
The ‘Paying It Forward' contest illustrates Smith's commitment to reach back to help others and applying this philosophy to Visualizations' operations has led to considerable success. The company boasts a clientele exceeding 300 faith and community-based customers that Smith has assisted in attaining 501c3 exemption status, thus making them eligible for tax exemptions, federal grants, and other funding.
Other services available through Visualizations include developing Political Action Committees (PACs) and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) along with presenting Nonprofit Seminars, Webinars, and Restoration. Also, Visualizations can assist with acquiring State exemption, providing resources to locate the right grant to secure funding, updating By-Laws based on current IRS rules, and establishing love offerings for pastors the legal way.
For more information, call (562) 964-4293, email