Starting A Nonprofit Organization

  • 50 State Nonprofit Startup Guide
    This guide from Harbor Compliance will help you choose a nonprofit structure, file formation documents, register for taxes, and register for fundraising in all 50 states.
  • 501(c)(3) - To Be or Not to Be?
    For most fledgling organizations, the process of forming a nonprofit corporation is fraught with confusion. To help demystify these complicated procedures, attorney Anthony Mancuso has written a step-by-step guide that lays out the basic principles of nonprofit incorporation. Appeared in Summer 1996 issue of The Grantsmanship Center Magazine.
  • BoardSource: Q & A
    BoardSource provides valuable information on the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board in its Q & A section. This section includes sample job descriptions for a board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • How to Start a Nonprofit: Sample Bylaws
    An excellent sample document for would-be nonprofits, by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
  • IRS
    From the IRS - Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits
  • National Association of Secretaries of State
    Includes a list of links by state for the Secretary of State. This is the office where you would typically file Articles of Incorporation for a nonprofit organization.
  • Unified Registration Statement (URS)
    An effort to consolidate the information and data requirements of all states that require registration of nonprofit organizations performing charitable solicitations within their jurisdictions.

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