Starting a Nonprofit Corporation
Having official nonprofit status isn't absolutely necessary to doing good in the world -- but it sure can help your group survive and flourish. Most established nonprofits both apply to their state for status as a corporate entity, and apply to the IRS for 501(c)(3) tax exemption. Find out how and why.
Articles on Starting a Nonprofit Corporation
Frequently asked questions about nonprofits.
How to Form a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit: A 50 State Guide
Find out how to form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in your state.
Nonprofit corporations are entitled to grants, tax exemptions, and limited liability protection.
Nonprofit Formation Documents: Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Organizational Minutes
Learn the basics about your nonprofit's important organizational and corporate documents: articles, bylaws, and first minutes.
How to Obtain 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status for Your Nonprofit
How to apply for tax-exempt status for your nonprofit.
Five Reasons to Incorporate Your Nonprofit Association
Not sure whether to incorporate your nonprofit? Here's some information to help you decide.
Building Your Nonprofit's Board
Select qualified and enthusiastic board members to help your nonprofit flourish.
How Nonprofits Take Action: Getting Board or Member Approval
Learn what nonprofit actions need board approval, and how to get and document that approval.
Create a Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit
Learn the basic steps that any nonprofit can take to prepare a solid and functional strategic plan.
Form a Nonprofit in Eight Steps
Follow these steps to form your own nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.
Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in Your State
Choose from 51 articles to learn about your state's nonprofit corporation laws.
Small Nonprofits: Qualifying for Tax-Exempt Status Without Filing an IRS Application
If your nonprofit organization makes less than $5,000 per year, you may be able to obtain tax-exempt status from the IRS without filing a Form 1023 application.
What are Section 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations?
Learn the difference between 501(c)(3) nonprofits and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.
Are Churches Always Exempt?
Under American tax law, churches are exempt from having to pay federal, state, and local taxes.
IRS Charity Classification: Private Foundation or Public Charity?
This IRS 501(c)(3) classification has a significant impact on how a charity can operate and the rules it must follow.
How to Write a Mission Statement for a Nonprofit
Your mission statement is a single concise statement that should serve to explain and your nonprofit’s purpose and guide its work.
What is An Unincorporated Nonprofit Association?
Find out what it takes to create one and how they operate.
Nonprofit Board Committees
Learn about standing committees, special committees, and committees required by state law.