Tools for Starting a Nonprofit

This list of tools will help you get the basic information on starting a nonprofit. Before you start a nonprofit there are some basic research steps to help you realize your vision.

Before you start

Thinking about starting a nonprofit? This excellent post discusses myths, realities, questions, tips, warnings and the steps you need to ...
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The Steps for Starting a California Nonprofit Corporation

Ready to start a nonprofit corporation in California?  Download  which contains: An outline of everything that you need to do ...
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California Attorney General’s Guide for Charities

The Attorney General’s Guide for Charities is intended to help volunteers and others who serve as directors, officers or fundraisers for nonprofit ...
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Unincorporated Association

Unincorporated Association.  An informal group that comes together to perform some social good.  Find more information here ...
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Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement between a 501(c)(3) public charity and a project (that does not have that tax status) in ...
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Social Enterprise

For profit alternatives to the traditional nonprofit corporation. In 2012 the California legislature created two new classes of corporations for ...
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Nonprofit Startup Resources by State

Every state has different requirements for starting a nonprofit. If you are outside of California, see this comprehensive list of ...
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Reinstatement of Good Standing with Corporate and Tax Regulatory Agencies for California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporations

Staying in good standing with the state of California and the IRS is an ongoing process.  This free publication from ...
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Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again ...
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IRS Publication 4220

IRS Publication 4220: Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status This IRS publication answers these questions: Why apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status? ...
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