Starting a Nonprofit

Starting a nonprofit is surprisingly similar to starting a business. Here are the basics of starting up, including incorporating, finding a name, writing a mission statement, and setting up a board of directors.

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How Does the IRS Classify Your Nonprofit Organization?
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What the Heck Do Nonprofit Boards of Directors Do?
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What Is a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization?
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Why the First Board of Directors for Your Nonprofit Is So Important
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How to Write an Amazing Nonprofit Mission Statement
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How to Pick the Right Name for Your New Nonprofit Organization
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Should Nonprofits Charge for Services and Sell Products?
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How to Remove a Problem Nonprofit Board Member
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6 Ways Your Nonprofit Could Lose Its Tax Exemption
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What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Form 990
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What Is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act?
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Do You Have a Nonprofit Not-to-Do List? Here Is Why You Need One
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Ask Yourself These 7 Questions Before Starting a Nonprofit
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Alternatives to Starting a Charitable Nonprofit
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How to Do Good Without Starting a New Nonprofit
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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Apply for Foundation Grants?
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How to Incorporate Your Charitable Nonprofit
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Here Is a Look at How Board Members Can Avoid Conflicts of Interest
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Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes, Impact - What is the Difference?
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Find Out If and When Nonprofit Board Members Can Be Paid
2010 March Of Dimes March For Babies
When and How to Legally Change Your Nonprofit's Mission and Name
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Use This Checklist for Nonprofit Transparency
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How to Find the Right Board Members for Your Nonprofit
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What Is Form 990-N?
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When Should a Nonprofit Worry About Income Unrelated to Its Mission?
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What High-Impact Nonprofits Really Do
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5 CSR Lessons from TOMS
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Should a Charity Sell Ads in Its Newsletter?
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Common Nonprofit Startup Mistakes
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The Differences Between Churches and Religious Organizations
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Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations
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What Qualifies a Nonprofit for Tax Exemption?
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How Is a Faith-Based Nonprofit Different From Other NPOs?
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Does a Nonprofit Need an EIN?
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Can Nonprofit Board Members be Sued?
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What Are Articles of Incorporation for a Nonprofit?
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Steps to Closing Your Nonprofit Organization
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May Nonprofits Engage in Political Activity?
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Why Does It Take the IRS So Long to Approve My 501c3 Application?
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How Do I Start a Local Chapter of a National Nonprofit?
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Nonprofit Salaries: Laws and Average Pay

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