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How to Start a Nonprofit

Publication date: 
October, 2022
Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit organizations or NPOs are institutions that are created to offer a service or public social benefit instead of generating profit for their founders. Therefore, nonprofits aim to improve the overall quality of life for the community or the natural world. All profit made by nonprofit organizations should benefit the organization’s mission instead of enriching stakeholders which is how for-profit companies work.

Additionally, successful nonprofit organizations apply for tax-exempt status, which makes them exempt from paying federal income tax and allows tax deductions for charitable donations. Some common examples of organizations in the nonprofit sector include political organizations, social clubs, churches, schools, humanitarian programs, and public charities.

Starting a nonprofit organization may seem like a tedious and complex process; however, a methodical step-by-step approach will help you ensure success. Consequently, it’s one of the most satisfying ways that individuals can use their time, but it requires solid dedication and thorough planning.

The Chamber of Commerce's step-by-step guide will show you how to start a nonprofit organization.

Step-by-Step Guide