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Starting a Nonprofit Organization in NJ
Starting a Nonprofit Organization--General Information
Establishing a Nonprofit Organization
Offers a free tutorial providing information on the following: Characteristics of nonprofits; Certificate of Incorporation; Board development; Bylaws; Tax exemption; Staff recruitment; Fundraising, and more.
How To Incorporate as a Nonprofit
Once you decide to incorporate as nonprofit organization and to apply for tax-exempt status, there are a number of steps that you must take. This list from About.com can serve as a blueprint and as a reminder of what needs to be done and in what order.
Websites for Nonprofits
Center for Nonprofits--New Jersey
New Jersey's only umbrella organization for all charities in New Jersey. Programs include government relations, legal & management assistance, public information, collaboration, publications, & cost-saving programs.
Probably the first place on the web to check for nonprofit information. A directory of 61,000 nonprofit organizations (requires subscription); resources for nonprofit administrators and fundraisers; and news are available at this premier site.
GrantSpace, with its wide range of "easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources, offers excellent support for both experienced and new grant writers. While some of the resources require a sign up, there are enough resources that can be utilized without any commitment, including webinars, multimedia tools, and podcasts;most of these are located in the Training and Tools tabs.
Support Center for Nonprofit Management
Provides expertise and resources to help NJ nonprofit organizations raise money, establish a powerful board, and manage finances and facilities.
USA.gov for Nonprofits
Find information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.
Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Information well organized by topic on a variety of subjects such as advocacy, financial management, marketing, technology, and volunteer management. Other resources include a glossary, a newsletter (requires free sign-up) and a section on hot topics, e.g. IRS Form 990, peer coaching, etc.
This Web site has rated over 5,000 charities using evaluation criteria based on financial health, accountability, and transparency. By looking at the record for an individual charity, users can see the full list of metrics and how the charity scored. The full record also provides financial data including an income statement and the compensation of the charity's top leaders, a list of similar charities, and links to related news stories. The site is easily navigated - users can search for an individual charity, browse an A-Z list, or browse by category.
How to Write a Funding Proposal
Learn to prepare a funding proposal, including the planning, research, and cultivation of foundation and corporate donors by using this free, Proposal Writing Short Course, offered by the Foundation Center.
Funding Opportunities-New Jersey
Requests for Proposals Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority Creates public/private partnerships to bridge financing gaps and to increase access to capital by the State's business community with an emphasis on small and mid-size businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
Nonprofit Finance Fund Provides financial and advisory services to nonprofit organizations in the nation.
How to Write a Funding Proposal
The Foundation Center offers a great free tutorial, Proposal Writing Short Course.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Types of programs, how to apply, and how to develop grant proposals. Browse by agency, applicant eligibility, deadline, type of assistance, etc.
Serves as the single point-of-contact to access grant opportunities for all 26 Federal grant-making agencies that award over $400 billion in grants each year.
GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, provides information and resources specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. Grantseekers can:
- EXPLORE in-depth content
- ENGAGE with a community of peers and experts
- ENERGIZE fundraising efforts
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