Resource Center for Nonprofits

Starting A Nonprofit

If you are interested in starting a nonprofit we recommend connecting with like-minded organizations for potential collaboration and/or considering the resources below.

The California Association of Nonprofits provides a step-by-step guide to starting a nonprofit including steps such as determining the name of the organziation, drafting and filing the articles of incorporation, appointing the board of directors, drafting bylaws and policies, obtaining an EIN, filing with the State Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State’s office, applying for tax exempt status with the IRS and the State of California.

With the help of Public Counsel, the Center for Nonprofit Management has put together these informational pages that review the core concepts and key steps in “starting a new nonprofit organization“.

Foundation Center maintains an excellent bilingual tutorial on starting a nonprofit organization in 12 clearly outlined steps.