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Thinking of starting a nonprofit organization? Before you begin the paperwork, there are some key questions you should answer first.

Candid offers a free Nonprofit Start-up Assessment Tool on their website here. To access this resource, you'll need to create a free user account for GrantSpace by Candid at their Join Now link here

GrantSpace also offers a free online webinar - "Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You?" - that offers fundamental information. View the recorded webinar by clicking here.


Original post for the content below by the Florida Nonprofit Alliance can be found here


Form the entity
  • Articles of Incorporation- Filed with the State (see
  • Bylaws- Not filed with the State, but required by law
  • Initial meeting of Board of Directors and appointment of Initial Officers
  • Conflict of Interest Policy- Required by IRS (
  • Trust Agreement
File for determination of tax-exempt status with the IRS
Follow Up regarding important next steps, as applicable

While the Florida Nonprofit Alliance's mission is to strengthen nonprofits in legislative, advocacy, and public policy issues, our partners provide excellent nonprofit capacity building advice and expertise.

The document below will point you to Nonprofit Management Support Organizations located throughout the state of Florida. Location and contact information are also provided.

Florida Management Support Organizations Contact Information 


Once your nonprofit paperwork is complete, our 501cPro Toolkit provides organizational self-assessment, a library of sample policies and procedures, and access to the Nonprofit Helpline for new or expanding organizations.

Click here for more information about the 501cPro Toolkit


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