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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do we need to be a registered nonprofit organization in order to join?  Is 501(c)(3) status a requirement?

A. 501(c)(3) status is NOT required to become a member of the Society.


Q. If we are an organization, do we have to purchase the "Organizational Membership"? 

A. Organizations/Companies are NOT required to purchase an "Organizational" membership.  You are welcome to purchase an Individual/Electronic membership.  Purchase the membership that best suits your needs, regardless of its name.


Q. How long will it take to get my login/password?

A. Membership applications are processed automatically.  You should receive your login information via email within 1 hour of joining.  If you experience any problems, please call us at 734-451-3582.  


Q. When will I receive my first issue?

A. Nonprofit World magazine is published every other month.  Funding Alert is published on a monthly basis.  Therefore, it may take 1-2 months to receive your first issue (depending on when the last issue was sent out).  If you want to get started right away, you can view the most recent issue of both publications in the Members Only section.


Q. What is included in the Members Only section?

A. The Members Only section features a library of Nonprofit World (from 1996+) and Funding Alert (from 2001+).  The Nonprofit World library is searchable by category, title, author and date of publication.


Q. Do both subscriptions of an "Organizational Membership" have to be sent to the same organization?

A. No.  These subscriptions may be sent to whomever you like.  The second subscription may be sent to an entirely different organization/address.


Q. How safe is it to pay online by credit card?

A. The Society for Nonprofit Organizations takes the issue of security very seriously.  We use 128 bit SSL encryption with Thawte digital certificates.  This level of encryption is the strongest commercially available level, and is used to protect your information as it crosses the Internet.  Nevertheless, we understand that people are still skeptical about the Internet.  You are more than welcome to submit your membership application by mail/fax.  We have provided a PDF form that you can print off and send in for those that prefer this method.


Q. My question has not been answered here.  What should I do?

A. If your question is still unanswered, please submit your question through our feedback form or by calling 734-451-3582.  We want to make sure that you feel comfortable in becoming a member.  We will do everything possible to get back with you ASAP.


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