Resources for Starting a Nonprofit
Before you incorporate a new nonprofit entity consider the following:
- Is the service needed? Who’s already providing it? How will this one be better?
- From where will money come to operate? Do you have supporters who will donate both their service and funds?
- Once incorporated the entity is a public charity and the founder is not the owner.
Start 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.
“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.
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.
A topic page from the Council on Nonprofits.