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How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

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7 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction for How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

    • 2. Lesson 1 Class Project and Getting Started How to Start a Nonprofit

    • 3. Lesson 2 the Legalities of Starting a Nonprofit

    • 4. Lesson 3 Staffing the Nonprofit

    • 5. Lesson 4 Part 1 of Fundraising for the Nonprofit

    • 6. Lesson 5 Part 2 of Fundraising for the Nonprofit

    • 7. Conclusion How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

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About This Class

Welcome to “How to Start a Nonprofit Organization” by CSB Academy Publishing in cooperation with Aaron Sanders.

Mr. Sanders worked for 23 years as a consultant for many small to medium size nonprofit organizations. His primary job was to show them the actual step by step process on how to begin such charitable organizations properly and legally.

This class is for anyone who has an interest in starting any type of nonprofit organization. You need not have any prior experience in business, but some knowledge of the way nonprofits work can be a bonus.

A nonprofit organization is basically a corporation formed for not-for-profit purposes. The nonprofit legal structure is established at a state level, and when the corporation is formed, they declare a not-for-profit purpose. Just because you get a 501(c)(3) or other federal tax exemption status doesn’t mean your corporation is nonprofit. You can even choose to start a nonprofit organization without applying for federal tax exemption.

You can often easily recognize a nonprofit by their altruistic mission. Some examples of a nonprofit include:

★           A public charity supporting a cause.

★           A private foundation supporting public charities.

★           Churches or religious organizations.

★           Fraternal organizations like homeowners’ association.

Just because a corporation is nonprofit doesn’t mean it can’t produce profits. The difference is that for-profit businesses will distribute profits to shareholders while nonprofit corporations will reinvest their profits into the corporation or the cause it supports. Nonprofit corporations don’t pay dividends to investors, but they do pay salaries to employees and invest in building a strong corporation.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not starting a nonprofit is right for you, then try asking yourself the following questions:

❖          Is there a clear need in your community for a nonprofit with your mission?

❖          Do you have a solid financing plan for the organization from start up to the future?

❖          What does it cost to start your nonprofit?

❖          Where will you get startup funding and operational funds?

❖          How will your nonprofit make an impact on the community?

❖          Is your nonprofit the right solution for your community?

In this class we will explore the world of non-profit organizations so that you will have all of the tools you need to start your own to fulfill the need that you see in the world. You will learn about naming your organization, registering and fulfilling your legal obligations, how to staff your organization, and how to raise funds for your new venture.