How to Start a Nonprofit

Use this checklist to guide you as you start your very own nonprofit organization.

You’ve made the decision to make a big difference in the world – you’re starting a nonprofit!

But what does that entail? 

From determining your name and mission to registering with the government to raising your first dollars – and beyond – there’s a lot to do. But we’re here to help!

Download our free Start-a-Nonprofit Checklist to keep track of all your tasks as you begin this incredible journey. We can’t wait to see what you do! 

How To Start A Nonprofit Organization

So you’ve decided to help others by launching your very own nonprofit organization? Congratulations! 

We know this can be a daunting task, as well as a time filled with both excitement and trepidation, but that’s why we’re here to help. Our free starting a nonprofit organization checklist is perfect for all those just starting out on their nonprofit journey.

First up, you’ll want to choose a name for your nonprofit. This is especially important as it will help others identify your organization, what it does, and how it differs from other nonprofits in the area. 

Next, it’s critical that you define your organization’s mission and vision. These statements will define what it is your nonprofit stands for and accomplishes – and its impact – both now and in the future.

Pro Tip: Stuck on how to name your nonprofit? You can always try working through your mission statement first, as this can help you better define your organization and what to name it!

From there, you’ll need to determine your population. This includes two groups of people – one, those who you will serve through your mission. And, two, who you will solicit for funds. These audiences can (and should be) further segmented into more targeted groups later, but you can start at a higher level for now.

Then, we recommend establishing your board of directors through several steps further outlined in the downloadable starting a nonprofit organization checklist above. Your board of directors will be critical to the success of your organization, so make sure you choose individuals from varied backgrounds who you know will have the time and energy to dedicate to your cause!

Next up are several steps that cover all of the legal requirements of launching a new nonprofit organization. From how to apply for your employer identification number (EIN) to registering for charitable funding – and beyond – our checklist has all the info you need to stay on track.

After all of this groundwork has been established, it’ll be time to find an office space, start hiring employees or recruiting volunteers, and more. And, of course, you’ll need to build awareness of your new organization and begin fundraising to support your mission! All of this – and much more – is covered in the Start Your Nonprofit Checklist above. Plus, we have several detailed articles covering this topic over on our blog! 

Good luck! We can’t wait to see you succeed. 

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