Start Up Information for Nonprofits

Establishing a Nonprofit Organization is a step by step tutorial, created by the Foundation Center, that provides helpful instruction and links to further information.  Topics covered include: how to file necessary documents, how to develop vision/mission statements, tips on establishing a board and creating bylaws, and more.  For even more start-up information from the Foundation Center visit GrantSpace’s comprehensive site:  Starting a Nonprofit

A Guide to Starting a Nonprofit in Tennessee is a 28-page online publication created by United Way’s Center for Nonprofits and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.  It gives an overview of the nonprofit sector, designed to help you decide if starting a new nonprofit is the most effective way to do your good work.  The publication lists the steps to starting a nonprofit in Tennessee and provides links to legal information and state-specific requirements.

How to Start a Nonprofit The National Council of Nonprofits put together this step by step guide that includes links to in-depth information and suggestions on where to go for additional assistance.  

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization — Guidelines and Resources for Entrepreneurs is another website of links and information written by Carter McNamara. has a nonprofit page called “Starting a Nonprofit” that includes information and links. 

Help with Incorporation & 501(c)(3) Paperwork  The Foundation Center has compiled a list of resources that will help you fill out your start-up forms.

Starting a Foundation, a webpage put together by the Council on Foundations, includes links to basic information such as a glossary of terms and a list frequently asked questions.

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