Starting a Nonprofit

Resources for Starting a Nonprofit

Before you incorporate a new nonprofit entity consider the following:

  1. Is the service needed?  Who’s already providing it? How will this one be better?
  2. From where will money come to operate?  Do you have supporters who will donate both their service and funds?
  3. Once incorporated the entity is a public charity and the founder is not the owner.

tart online with How Do I Start a Nonprofit?  from GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center. This outline begins with the most important questions and provides a collection of resources, including a video to help answer many of your questions.

Other Online Resources

TOP RECOMMENDATION. The place to go for all things from the Internal Revenue Service about tax-exempt entities:        IRS Charities and Other Non-profits 

Establishing a Nonprofit Organization
An online tutorial from The Foundation Center that describes 12 tasks you will need to accomplish as part of the process of establishing a nonprofit organization.

Indiana Secretary of State Business Name Search
Use this search form to check name availability.

Indiana Start-up and Annual Filing Forms
Our own blog post, “Is Your Organization Up-to-date with Indiana Filings?” contains multiple links to the Indiana Tax Center and the Secretary of State Business Services division.

Indiana Nonprofit Startup Resources
From Foundation Center, a collection of online resources for starting a nonprofit in the state of Indiana.

Help filling out Your 501 (c)(3) Application
This website, posted as a public service by Sandy Deja, author of “Prepare Your Own 501(c)(3) Application”, is designed to help new non-profit organizations complete the Application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization — Guidelines and Resources for Entrepreneurs
From Carter McNamara’s Free Management Library, a set of topics on starting and shutting down a nonprofit.

Nonprofit Startup Checklist
A checklist from Center for Nonprofit Management.

Stay Exempt: Tax basics for exempt organizations
An IRS “micro” site devoted to topics on tax exempt status.

What Are Nonprofit Bylaws? Where Can I Find Samples?
Also from GrantSpace, a collection of resources, including a video on Bylaws and where to find samples.

Fiscal Sponsorship

“What is Fiscal Sponsorship? How can I find a fiscal sponsorship?”
From GrantSpace, extensive resources on the topic, including webinars, videos, online articles and guides, websites and print books.

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

“A White Paper: On Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship”
A white paper from Third Sector New England.

Fiscal Sponsorship
A topic page from the Council on Nonprofits.

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