How to Start a Nonprofit
Every day, individuals like you are inspired to start a nonprofit to help serve your community. Starting and sustaining a nonprofit are not easy tasks, but we applaud your commitment to helping others. The pages in this section of the National Council of Nonprofits’ website walk you through some of the questions to ask before starting a nonprofit, filings you’ll need to complete at the federal and state level, and the standard policies and procedures that your new nonprofit will want to have in place.
We offer this guide for informational purposes only and encourage you to consult with local legal counsel familiar with tax-exempt law to assist you in ensuring your new nonprofit is compliant with all federal, state, and local requirements.
- Step 1: Do Your Research
- Step 2: Build a Solid Foundation
- Step 3: Incorporation and State Forms
- Step 4: Filing for Federal Tax-Exempt Status
- Step 5: Ongoing Compliance
For additional assistance, you may want to reach out to your state association of nonprofits.