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Some tips and guides to getting started in the USA.

Non-Profit

Starting A Non-Profit

Starting a nonprofit in the USA is an exciting and rewarding opportunity, but it can also be challenging. Here are some tips for starting up

Incorporate a Nonprofit (USA)

1

Choose a business name

Make sure to check the state-by-state information on the various laws that apply to naming a nonprofit in your state.[1]

2

Appoint Board of Directors

Draft your bylaws with guidance from your Board of Directors. These are the operating rules for your nonprofit.[1]

3

Decide on a legal structure

Choose whether your organization will be a trust, corporation, or association.[1]

4

File papers of incorporation 

You must next file formal paperwork, or articles of incorporation, and pay a small filing fee to your state. Look up your state office through NASCO.[1]

5

Apply for tax-exempt status

A nonprofit organization may be eligible for exemption from federal income tax. The IRS provides guidance and instructions on applying for tax-exempt status[1].

6

Obtain licenses and permits

Does your nonprofit have all the licenses and permits needed to comply with federal, state, and local rules? [1]

Types of Nonprofit Organizations

1

Charitable or religious *

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2

Social
welfare *

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3

Labor and agricultural *

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4

Business leagues *

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5

Veterans organizations *

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* Each category has different tax benefits and requirements. While the majority of nonprofits are classified under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code as charitable organizations, you should review the categories to determine the right choice for your nonprofit organization.

While individual donors make up the largest contributors to nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments offer grants, loans, and programs to support funding. Grants.gov helps you find and apply for federal government grants for your nonprofit. [1]



[1]Information obtained from usa.gov (starting a non-profit)
Details correct at time of publishing, but may have changed so check with usa.gov for latest updates