Starting A Nonprofit

Resources for Starting a Nonprofit

Start with us! Request our one-on-one consultation about Starting a Nonprofit by using our Contact Form HERE.  Our consultation, “501(c)3 to Be or Not to Be” offers insight into the management of nonprofits:

  • Learn Nonprofit Best Practices & Legal Requirements
  • Get questions answered confidentially
  • Learn about Nonprofit Resources to get you started

Online Resources

Have questions about starting a nonprofit? You’ll find the answers to your questions here. Nuts & Bolts by Carter McNamara is a free resource library.

Indiana’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives web page Resources for Nonprofits provides many powerpoint presentations and a list of links by category.


The IRS provides its most frequently used documents and forms needed during the Life Cycle of a Public Charity on this site.

Find help with the IRS forms and other useful information posted by a tax consultant.

Find the Indiana Articles of Incorporation form (a PDF), requirements for documents, and check name availability.

Read this Starting a Nonprofit in Indiana powerpoint from the Indiana Office of Faith Based and Community Services for more information on the State process.

Samples of By-Laws can be found on links from the Foundation Center‘s website.

Fiscal Sponsorship

From GrantSpace, “What is Fiscal Sponsorship? How can I find a fiscal sponsorship?”

Start here. Extensive resources on the topic, including webinars, videos, online articles and guides, websites and print books.

From the Community Resource Center, a PDF on Fiscal Sponsorship, by David Barlow CPA

From Third Sector New England, a white paper titled, A White Paper on Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship

From the Council on Nonprofits, a topic page on Fiscal Sponsorship