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  • Brittany Fisher

How to Start a Nonprofit Company: 11 Resources

Have you been inspired to launch a nonprofit? Nonprofit organizations like Autism Vision of Colorado stand to generate positive change in our community, and yours can too! Of course, establishing a nonprofit isn’t something you can achieve overnight. The process is lengthy and complicated, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into—and the steps you need to take to ensure your long-term success. Let’s dive in!

Researching Your Idea

A great idea is not enough to justify starting a new nonprofit. Back your idea with solid research to ensure you will be able to make a real difference in the world.

  • Demonstrate demand for your services and prove that your nonprofit will fill an unmet need.

  • Evaluate your competition—other nonprofits as well as for-profit businesses—and find a unique way to stand out from the crowd.

  • Research your target demographic to learn how to gain support from your audience.

  • Based on all this research, create a business plan to map out your steps to success.

Registering Your Nonprofit

Once you feel confident that your nonprofit has a good chance at success, make it legal! This part can take some time, but it’s worthwhile to do everything right from the start.

  • Understand the differences between for-profit, non-profit, and not-for-profit companies.

  • Choose a business structure for your nonprofit to establish the organization as a separate legal entity.

  • Structuring as an LLC may be favorable to forming a corporation if you’re looking for simplicity and flexibility.

  • Register your nonprofit as a 501(c)(3) organization for tax-exempt status.

Getting Off the Ground

To get your nonprofit going, you need funding. Fortunately, nonprofits have plenty of options when it comes to raising funds.

Many of us have ideas that could change the world in a positive way. But there’s a reason why so few of us take the plunge and launch a nonprofit—it’s a lot of hard work! With a dedicated mindset and unwavering passion for your cause, you will be able to overcome the challenges ahead and get your nonprofit off to a great start!

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