Starting a Nonprofit

Thinking about starting a nonprofit organization?

Should I start a Texas nonprofit?

Although passion for your mission is critical, it does not guarantee success. There are several things to consider before starting a nonprofit. One of the most important things you will need to do is to assess whether there are other organizations in the community already addressing the same need. If so, it may be better to partner with an existing organization.

Another point of consideration is sustainability. You must have an adequate and diversified source of funding support. You also need to consider your ability to manage and inspire volunteers and staff. A mission statement and a business plan are other key elements as you consider starting a new nonprofit.

Resources for Starting a Nonprofit

Access Candid’s free course “Is Starting a Nonprofit Right For You?”  and download their Nonprofit Startup Assessment and review “How Do I Start a Nonprofit?” in their Knowledge Base. The Area Foundation is a proud partner of Candid’s Funding Information Network. 

A statewide attorney referral program that provides free legal help to eligible nonprofit groups that cannot otherwise afford legal services, Texas CBAR connects volunteer attorneys with nonprofits that need assistance with transactional matters such as state incorporation, federal application for tax-exempt status, bylaws, contracts, internal policies, board compliance, and other matters that do not involve litigation. Click here to obtain a copy of their publication, “Forming a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Corporation in Texas”.

Many, although not all, nonprofits decide to incorporate. Information about submitting the Certificate of Formation and other steps to incorporate in the state of Texas is available on the Texas Secretary of State’s web site.

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