A free tutorial describing the tasks you will need to accomplish as part of the process of establishing a nonprofit organization:
- File the certificate of incorporation
- Select individuals to serve on the board of directors
- Develop vision and mission statements
- Establish bylaws and board policies
- Obtain a Federal employer identification number (EIN)
- Open a bank account and establish check signing procedures
- File for federal tax exemption
- Follow state and local nonprofit regulations
- Find office space and obtain office equipment
- Recruit staff and prepare a personnel manual
- Establish a payroll system and procure necessary insurance coverage
- Develop an overall fundraising plan
Sample articles of incorporation are usually difficult to find, via print or the Internet, because they are typically very specific to the individual organization and its mission.
Free Management Library: Tax Information for Nonprofits
Free tax information for nonprofits (including getting tax-exempt status), compiled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD.
Getting Attention: Helping Nonprofits Succeed Through Effective Marketing
The Getting Attention blog is a source of ideas, tactics, and tips for nonprofit communicators focused on helping their organizations succeed through effective marketing.
This Web site, 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.
A recommended list of print and electronic resources on starting a nonprofit organization.
Internal Revenue Service Publication 557: Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization
A complete guide to all the IRS Forms and Procedures for getting tax exempt status.
Lists lawyers and law firms by state or province for nonprofit and charitable organizations.
Nonprofit Startup Guide with forms to help establish a nonprofit organization, provided by The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University.
"Pro-Bono Legal assistance for NonProfit Organizations (from the Foundation Center)
Finding a lawyer who specializes in nonprofit law and offers pro-bono legal assistance can be difficult. The resources given on this page from the Foundation Center offer a variety of legal services and programs that might make the process a little easier.