Starting a Nonprofit

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Before you start
Learn nonprofit realities from the experts

Thinking about starting a nonprofit? This excellent post discusses myths, realities, questions, tips, warnings and the steps you need to know before starting a nonprofit.

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Informational Webinar: Starting a Nonprofit
Everything you need to know in one place!

Are you considering starting a nonprofit organization?

Wondering where to start?

Information Services Manager Patti Larson teaches this helpful webinar with the basic steps for starting a nonprofit organization in California. She has assembled a list of issues to consider, helpful links to forms, checklists for completion and helpful tips to help you decide whether starting a nonprofit organization is right for you.

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The Steps for Starting a California Nonprofit Corporation
State and federal requirements plus legal resources

Ready to start a nonprofit corporation in California?

This helpful document contains:

  • An outline of the basic steps
  • Direct links to the required forms for the Secretary of State, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service and Attorney General
  • Links to helpful articles and resources related to starting a nonprofit
  • Links to websites to assist in filling out the forms
  • A list of attorneys with nonprofit expertise

This resource can be purchased for $9.95. Please click the link below to purchase.

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Bylaws
Information on creating and maintaining your bylaws

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Unincorporated Association
Alternatives to nonprofit corporation

Unincorporated Association.  An informal group that comes together to perform some social good.  Find more information here.

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Fiscal Sponsorship
Alternative to nonprofit corporation

Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement between a 501(c)(3) public charity and a project (that does not have that tax status) in which, typically, the charity receives and expends funds to advance the charitable work of the project while retaining discretion and control over the funds. 

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Social enterprise
Alternatives to Nonprofit Corporation

For profit alternatives to the traditional nonprofit corporation.

As of January 1, 2012, the California legislature created two new classes of corporations for businesses that seek to pursue both profit and purpose: Benefit Corporations and Flexible Purpose Corporations.  Here are some articles that explain what they are and how they work:    

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Nonprofit Startup Resources by State
Links for startups outside of California

Every state has different requirements for starting a nonprofit. If you are outside of California, see this comprehensive list of resources.

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