What is the step by step process to start a nonprofit?

Starting a nonprofit requires as much (if not more) planning as you would for regular business. Its important to structure a solid foundation to your nonprofit so that you can simplify operations in the future. The more organized and planned you are now, the easier it will be to avoid (or deal with) issues that come up in the future. A few things you need to get together:

  • Research your potential cause. Establish whether or not there is a real need for your nonprofit as well as what type of outreach you will need to conduct to get people involved with your organization.
  • Develop your board. Know who will be involved and outline their role within the nonprofit. If you blur the lines of responsibility then you are encouraging a chaotic environment later on.
  • Incorporation. Once you have a solid foundation, you need register your nonprofit and give it a name.
  • File appropriate tax forms.
  • Properly maintain. You’ll need to make sure you are complying with yearly reports and properly documenting funds and employment.

This is the bare bones approach to starting a nonprofit. Of course, each of these steps require a lot of work on your part. You should consult a nonprofit attorney to help you navigate each step fully and ensure that you are complying with laws and required reporting.

LawTrades can connect you with a skilled nonprofit attorney that can help you get the process started. We offer affordability without the sacrifice in quality. Our services are intended to be thorough and transparent. Reach out to us to find the perfect attorney for you.