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7 Steps to Starting a Nonprofit

Nonprofit Hub, Matt Spitsen

Lincoln, NE - February 8, 2016

Starting a nonprofit isn’t an easy task to undergo. With so many steps to take in the early stages, it’s difficult to know where to start. Let us help.

The first step to starting a nonprofit is articulating the problems your organization will address. You’ll make the biggest difference when you’re specific about your scope and the demographic your nonprofit will serve. Most importantly: before you start your own nonprofit, make sure there’s a need for you, otherwise your organization won’t be sustainable.

Secondly, choose a name that communicates your nonprofit’s identity and mission. Make sure a matching domain name is free for your website, and check with your state to make sure your chosen name is available.

The third step is assembling your board of directors, which ought to consist of at least 3 to 6 people. The leadership of your founding board members will be essential to the rest of the startup phase, so choose wisely.

After recruiting your committed board of directors, your fourth step is completing the steps for incorporation in your state. Settle on your name, file your Articles of Incorporation and create bylaws.

Fifth, upon incorporation you can file for nonprofit status: expect fees and plenty of paperwork associated with your applications for federal and state tax exemptions.

Sixth, develop a sustainable fundraising plan and apply for foundation grants after being awarded 501(c)(3) status.

Our seventh tip is to create a marketing plan to recruit donors and volunteers for your organization. Work on your online presence, because your nonprofit web design and outreach on social media is especially important in starting a nonprofit.

After completing these steps, your nonprofit is ready to bring donations in and start making a difference in your community.

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