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Question about nonprofit and spike

shalt5shalt5 7 replies5 threads New Member
Hey there
My sister and I have started a nonprofit initiative few years back and I will be a freshman in high school this fall. We have not established this as a 501c but have been fundraising for various nonprofits and raised around $15k thus far. I have read few forums and it talks about establishing a nonprofit so just asking if the numbers and impact of a nonprofit initative is good enough to be discussed when it comes to college admissions or is it critical to create a 501c for validity?
My dream is to go to an Ivy and I started reading some posts about 'spikes' but I have no idea what is considered one. Can community service be an EC (like my example above) or a spike or considered an activity? Thanks for your patience in advance as I am still new to high school and learning this process. Thanks
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 25280 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Starting a 501c3 shouldn't be done to 'show' anything to colleges. It is a tax status that you need to decide if it is worth it to your organization. You'll have tax filing responsibilities for the corp.

    Where are you raising all this money and would those people benefit from being able to deduct their contributions?
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  • shalt5shalt5 7 replies5 threads New Member
    Thanks we have done lot of this fundraising by baking over 1000 cookies, conducting workshops where people donate voluntarily and other friends and families who have helped us with donating money when we tell them about the cause we are supporting. Until now no one has really asked us for tax benefits or receipts that's why we were wondering if it makes sense to create a 501c (we know that takes quite some work too). Looks like as long as are able to talk about our impact, numbers and benefit to the community that's good enough from a college perspective? Thanks
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  • MWolfMWolf 2998 replies14 threads Senior Member
    edited August 3
    shalt5 wrote: »
    Hey there
    My dream is to go to an Ivy

    Why? You should be dreaming of changing the world or of doing well in life, not of getting a letter of acceptance to a "prestigious" college.

    You are not even in high school. The entire focus of your energy should be doing your very best over the next four years. It is way to early to be spending time and energy of making colleges decisions, or even thinking too deeply about college.

    As it is, you are setting yourself up to wasting the next four years focused on "How Do I Get Into AN IVY?" In all honesty, it is not very likely that you will attend an Ivy. Only about 13,000 students your age will attend an Ivy league college. Of those 13,000, about 7,000 will be from applicant pools of which you are not a part. At least 100,000 students of your age will by applying for these 7,000 places.

    Luckily, there are literally hundreds of amazing colleges out there at which you will succeed and thrive, have a great 4 years, and set yourself up for the your life after college. A life, which, I may add, will be, hopefully, more than 15 times as long as your college years.

    If you work hard, do your best in classes, put time and effort in ECs which speak to you and about which you are passionate, you will, in all likelihood, be accepted and attend a great college where you will be able to succeed and thrive. It may be an Ivy, it may be a small liberal arts college, it may be a large state research university or a directional. You may even find that your career goals are best served by going through a community college or trade school route.

    Your high school ECs are for your benefit. They are a way for you to discover your interests and passions, to find out more about who you are, and to accomplish something while still in high school.

    Thinking about ECs as something to do to help you "be accepted to an Ivy" is almost a sure-fire way to have a set of ECs which is not only unimpressive, but is also not very satisfying for you.

    Your aim should be to have high school accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular, of which you will be proud, no matter where you end up for college.

    Finally, "Ivy League" is the name of a athletic conference, not a series of similar colleges. Each one of the colleges in the conference is very different from the rest, and they are often more similar to colleges outside of the Ivy League than they are to each other.

    If you say that your are dreaming of attending "an Ivy", that means that your dream is to gain some social status from people knowing that you were accepted, and attend, a prestigious college. The actual attendance is not part of your dream at all.

    So stop wasting your time asking about colleges here, and go win at high school.
    edited August 3
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  • STITCHEZ97STITCHEZ97 12 replies1 threads New Member
    Very beautiful answer.
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  • shalt5shalt5 7 replies5 threads New Member
    Thanks for taking the time to help me understand and learn. I am very passionate about helping the community and what I have been doing so this question was because I was confused reading many questions around 501c etc. and Ivy dreams. This now gives me a great perspective and where I should focus instead and put my energy towards what I am passionate and love and the results will happen naturally like you said whatever that college maybe. Thanks again for shedding light.
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  • 134g8h4owv134g8h4owv 20 replies4 threads Junior Member
    your young, so why not try developing the core skills in the subject your want to study. Read? Talk to people? This route of study (finding out what your truly good at) will be more rewarding and yield more success later in life.
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