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How to Start A Nonprofit

There are 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and approximately 21,000 of those are registered in Arizona. With all these nonprofits already in existence — and so many challenged with staying in existence — it is important to reflect on whether creating a new organization is the best route to having the impact you want.

Our How to Start a Nonprofit guidea free resource, invites you and the people working with you to think about the difference you seek to make and the structure best suited to move forward. The 40-page interactive guide leads you through key decision-making steps to determine whether a nonprofit is the best way to accomplish your goals. If you decide to move forward with a nonprofit, How to Start a Nonprofit guide walks you through the compliance and good-practice steps to become operational.

Topics in this guide include:
  • Before You Begin
  • How to Decide
  • How to Start a Nonprofit
  • How to Run a Nonprofit
  • Resources, Checklists and Worksheets

This resource resulted from the generous advice and resource-sharing of the following nonprofit experts:

Bruce Weber, Weber Group | Carolyn Sechler, Sechler 501 Consulting | David Martinez, Vitalyst Health Foundation | Kristina Morgan, Sechler Morgan CPAs | Laura LoBianco, Lewis Roca | Lisa Lumbard, Lumbard Consulting, LLC. | Robert Brown, Schmitt Schneck Casey Even & Williams, P.C.

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