Non-profit 101




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Steps for starting a non-profit/NGO - assess need/niche

1.  Board members - fiduciary duties, conflict of interest statement (at least 3 cannot be related to you, 5 member minimum, ED cannot be chair)

2.  Business plan

3.  By-laws/constitution, publishing agreement (board approved)

4.  EIN number from IRS, call (800) 829-4933 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (800) 829-4933      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

5.  File with Secretary of State of your state to Incorporate

6.  Open bank account - as non-profit it's cheaper

7.  File 1023 for tax-exempt status - narrative and financials projected for 3 years (3 -6 months for approval)

Call to check on tax exempt status 877-829-5500

8.  File with Attorney General of your state

9.  Board training/ team building (use a 'group' web site for communication and file storage - google or yahoo groups)

10.  Fund raising/ Marketing plan (use membership, donors, grants?)

11.  If you're using Volunteers - plan training, reward system, communication

12.  Letterhead, business cards, web site

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