How to Start a Nonprofit | Where to Find Assistance

Before you start: Have you considered fiscal sponsorship?

State specific resources on starting a nonprofit

Federal resources

Publications and other resources

Prepare your own 501c3 application - authored by former IRS agent Sandy Deja.

LawForChange.org is a website resource that provides information on the legal requirements for creating a nonprofit corporation in various states. (Go to Legal Resources, then search by topic or jurisdiction.) Nolo offers affordable and easy-to-read publications with helpful tools for starting a nonprofit, including Forming a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, 8 Steps to Forming Your Nonprofit, and other helpful publications on fundraising, regulations about fundraising, and managing human resources in a nonprofit.