Starting a Nonprofit

Resources for Starting a Nonprofit

We can help, schedule a free, one-on-one consultation on Starting a Nonprofit which covers:

  • The nature of nonprofit work
  • Discover the questions you need to ask yourself
  • Discuss Best Practices & Requirements
  • Get questions answered confidentially
  • Learn about other Nonprofit Resources to get you started

Call at 421-1238 or email nrc@acpl.info to schedule a private appointment. If you can’t wait, 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.

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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