The National Council on Nonprofits reports that the one of the most common questions they hear is “How do I start my own nonprofit?” They offer a series of specific steps and resources to help, which combined with the advice of an attorney familiar with the law of tax-exempt organizations in your state, can start you on the road to a new organization.
The Council suggests that you begin by answering these key questions:
- Who will be involved?
- What do you need to do?
- When should you file your paperwork?
- Where can you get quality assistance?
- How can you create and sustain a nonprofit organization?
- Why not other options?
This last question is perhaps the most important. In Vermont, a small rural state with thousands of nonprofit organizations, it is vital to find out if your mission is already being carried out by an existing organization. If so, it is important to get in touch with them and explore the wisdom of collaboration and partnership before you go through the time and expense of launching a new organization.
It is possible to conduct an in-depth search of Vermont tax-exempt organizations at IRS.gov by key words, city or “deductibility code”. You may also search our interactive data site with a list of Vermont nonprofits and more!
For budgeting needs, visit National Council of Nonprofits for resources and templates here.
But before you move forward, read this article: Don’t Do It: Don’t Start a Nonprofit
- 7 Essential Steps for Starting a Nonprofit
- How Do I Start a Nonprofit Organization: The Foundation Center
- Vermont Secretary of State Corporations Division
- Tax Information for Charities and Other Nonprofits: IRS.gov
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