Date of Award


Document Type


Primary Advisor

Laura Phillips

Secondary Advisor

Cynthia Powell

Committee Reader

Sarah K. Lee


Research was conducted on creating a nonprofit and investigating nonprofit organizations which already exist. The focus was on creating a nonprofit dedicated to aiding individuals afflicted with a chronic disease or disorder, that are currently underserved and render a significant burden on individuals and families involved. I highlighted the differences between nonprofit and for-profit organizations, described potential individuals the organization would strive to benefit, and stated additional requirements for starting a nonprofit. I concluded that the best structure for the social purpose of improving the quality of life of a population of individuals with a chronic neurological disease—through social support, fundraisers, financial contributions, and research grants—was a nonprofit organization. The potential nonprofit would file for a Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State of Texas and file federal papers to be a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt nonprofit for a chronic neurological disease.

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