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Mission Guardian Program

What is it?

The Mission Guardian Program is an innovative legal subscription service. Birken Law Office clients who become members have an attorney by their side – vital for success as a nonprofit. This program offers services in a new and proactive way that promotes sustainability.

Who is it for?

Nonprofit clients of Birken Law Office may apply to become members. The program has three levels to ensure each member gets services that are right for you. These aren’t good, better, best – each level is the right fit for where you’re at in your nonprofit journey.

Membership Packages

New Org Member

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Designed for brand new nonprofits – specifically the first founders starting an organization. This membership walks you through becoming a nonprofit organization. Lay a solid foundation and show funders and donors you’re an organization they can rely on..

$ 100

per month

  • Scheduled 15 min consults
  • Forms & policies new orgs need
  • Complimentary review of filled forms
  • Menu of flat fee startup services
  • Membership website badge
  • We file your 990-N

Growing Member

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When you move beyond the startup phase, this membership is the just-right fit. Nonprofits as businesses have more in common legally with a Fortune 500 corporation than a lemonade stand. Are you…dealing with fee for service programs? Selling stuff, fundraising, or dealing with real estate issues? Volunteer management, human resources, grant money, etc.? Get the protection and guidance you need.

$ 300

per month

  • Scheduled 15 min consults
  • Larger library of forms you need
  • Complimentary review of filled forms
  • Menu of flat fee legal services
  • Membership website badge
  • Monthly healthy nonprofit homework
  • Secretary of State updates

Established Member

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Experienced organizations know they need to budget for legal. You can predict a certain amount of necessary risk management. Keep your organization stable and growth minded with this package. An annual board meeting attendance is included along with our comprehensive risk assessment which puts the board and staff at ease – you’ve handled the due diligence. We’ll help you stay focused on sustainability and mission delivery.

$ 800

per month

  • Scheduled 15 min consults
  • Larger library of forms you need
  • Complimentary review of filled forms
  • Menu of flat fee legal services
  • Membership website badge
  • Attend one board meeting
  • Comprehensive risk assessment
  • Assessment results report
  • Monthly check-ins with you
  • Monthly Exec/Board reports

All memberships include a $75 one-time “launch fee” at the time of registration.

First impressions of Mission Guardian…

“Incredible. This I can budget for. No surprise bills. It’ll professionalize us.”

– M.W., Executive Director

“I don’t know what we’re going to need. Now I don’t have to – I can focus on fundraising and know we’ve got the basics covered – it’s a no brainer.”

– Matt, Board Member

“I’d love being able to pick up the phone without worrying about getting a bill for one question.”

– Brian, Founder

“Now nonprofits can protect themselves – it’s like insurance.”

– S. G., Administrator

“It’ll give me great peace of mind as a decision maker on the board.”

– Co-op Board Member

“The member badge is awesome – it’ll give us credibility when we are reaching new donors that are big for us.”

– Outreach Ministry Founder

“This is so valuable, I’ve always been worried, what if i messed something up? Now I don’t have to worry. And it’ll show my board I’m getting the help i need.”

– C.P., Executive Director

“It’s so important to have an attorney that knows you on your side as a nonprofit.”

– J., Senior Pastor / Founder

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