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Business Licenses & Solicitation Registrations Required to Support Rapid Nonprofit Expansion

This project will allow us to expand to new states and parts of the country, ultimately allowing us to serve at least an additional 20,000 students.

Posted June 24, 2020

Background & Context

We have developed a new program, the Braven Booster, to respond to the COVID-19 crisis to empower graduating college seniors and recent alumni succeed in this recessed economy. Our standard program operates only in California, NJ, NY, and Illinois but the Booster is being implemented in partnership with universities and nonprofits across the country. To that end, we need to figure if we have to submit any registrations in additional states to be able to operate and fundraise.

Immediate Problem

Braven has developed a new program to help students navigate the hardest job market of our lifetime and keep the doors of economic opportunity open to the more than 500,000 college students who just graduated who are first in their families to go to college and from low income backgrounds. The Braven Career Booster is a short, rigorous, virtual infusion of concrete career skills, mindsets, and network support for graduating college seniors and recent alums from universities and organizations serving first generation, low-income, underrepresented college students. Braven is seeking partners to make the Booster accessible to their recent college alumni across the country.

As we grow quickly, we need to understand what needs to be done to successfully operate and fundraise in new states.

Work & Deliverables

1) Research/memo on state laws outlining registration requirements to operate and fundraise 2) Help with registration

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • We will send them some background information on Braven and a list of where we operate

Collaboration Phase

  • Figuring out where we need to register

Wrap Up

  • Registrations and memo

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Required Legal Expertise: Business Law, Corporate or Transactional Law, Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes

The mission of Braven is to empower promising, underrepresented young people with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact. Our vision is that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere and be as diverse as our future demands. Braven supports first-generation and low-income students from college to career by partnering with four year universities and employers to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Fellows emerge from Braven with the skills, experiences, confidence, and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. We began implementing our unique program in the 2013-14 school year at San José State University, 2015-16 school year at Rutgers University–Newark, the 2018-19 school year at National Louis University in Chicago, and in January 2020 at Lehman College. To date, we’ve served over 2,000 students and have had strong results. Within six months of graduation, 71% of Fellows secured quality full-time jobs worthy of their bachelor’s degree or enrolled in graduate school compared to 49% of Black and Latinx college graduates from public universities. 73% of Braven college graduates have at least one internship during college, compared with 49% of first-generation seniors at large state universities, and 95% of our Fellows are persisting in or have graduated from college against a national backdrop of 6 of 10 students who start college graduating within 6 years. Additionally, 49% of Braven graduates are already outearning their parents in their first job out of college. By comparison, by age 30, Americans have a 50-50 shot of outearning their parents.

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