How to register a nonprofit organization

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How to register a nonprofit organization
Register a Nonprofit Organization

Registering a nonprofit is a multilayered process for setting up a nonprofit organization. Nonprofits are run for the purpose of promoting an objective or goal and raising funds for a particular cause. Starting a non-profit can be a simple process, but all must be incorporated and registered for tax exempt status at the state and local level.

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Things you need

  • Mission statement for your organization
  • Board Members
  • Attorney specializing in forming nonprofits
  • Bank account for your organization
  • Accountant
  • Insurance agent

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  1. 1

    Compose Articles of Incorporation for your organization. Have them approved by the board of directors.

  2. 2

    Write a set of bylaws for your organization. These should reflect the purpose and goals of your nonprofit as outlined in your mission statement.

  3. 3

    Find out what documents are needed for incorporation within your state. These may include your Articles and bylaws. File them according to state guidelines.

  4. 4

    Apply for 501c3 status from the federal government. This qualifies you as a tax exempt organization.

  5. 5

    File for tax exempt status and property tax exemption from your state and city. This should be done after you've received approval from the IRS.

  6. 6

    Get a license to solicit funds. Your group will need to do its own fundraising, and your city may require you to have a license.

  7. 7

    Fill out a bulk mailing permit. This will save money on mass mailings.

Tips and warnings

  • Hire employees after all documents are filed and you are registered. This will prevent problems down the road.
  • Be sure to have appropriate insurance for your nonprofit.
  • Running a nonprofit organization takes long hours of hard work and good organizational skills. Find people to work with you who share your vision before you begin the process of registering.

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