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- By Stephen Fishman. Published by Nolo Press. 2013.
"Nonprofits enjoy privileges not available to other organizations. But these privileges come at a price: Nonprofits must comply with special IRS rules and regulations. This book covers what your organization must do to maintain its tax-exempt status." - from the publisher
- By Anthony Mancuso. Published by National Right to Counsel Committee. 2015. 12th ed.
This guide from Nolo shows readers how to start and run a nonprofit. It contains instructions and forms for obtaining federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption and qualifying for public charity status with the IRS, as well as instructions on how to prepare articles of incorporation, write nonprofit bylaws, and understand their state’s specific nonprofit requirements. This updated edition contains recent changes in the law, state-specific requirements, and information on utilizing new online services related to forming a nonprofit.
- By Stephen Fishman. Published by Nolo Press. 2012. 2nd edition.
"Nonprofit Fundraising Registration is your 50-state guide to the complex and varied registration requirements you'll need to meet while fundraising for your nonprofit." - from the publisher
- By Mancuso, Anthony. Published by Nolo Press. 2011. 2nd edition.
"Helps nonprofit corporations understand and comply with corporate governance rules and record-keeping requirements, such as holding and documenting meetings, approving decisions, and setting up a corporate records book."
- By Peri Pakroo. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 7th ed.
This comprehensive title addresses many of the topics and issues that arise when starting a nonprofit. Some of these topics include: choosing and obtaining federal tax-exempt status, getting the necessary insurance, creating a website, and more.
- By Peri H. Pakroo. Published by Nolo Press. 2015. 6th ed.
"If you're ready to save the world, here's the book you need. Rescue a school library. Preserve an endangered species. Support the arts. Whatever it is you want to do to give back to your community, Starting & Building a Nonprofit provides the kick start you need. Filled with user-friendly information, practical advice and step-by-step instructions, this book is your guide through the process of getting your nonprofit up and running. It explains how to:
- pick the perfect name for your organization
- structure a nonprofit to achieve your goals
- choose a federal tax-exempt status
- create a mission statement
- develop a strategic plan and initial budget
- launch a successful fundraising plan
- recruit and manage board members and volunteers
- hire and train staff
- obtain necessary insurance
- market your organization
- and much more
Starting & Building a Nonprofit goes beyond paperwork -- it addresses the big picture, showing you how to create a solvent, efficient organization that will make a real difference." - from the publisher
- By Jan Masaoka. Published by Nolo Press. 2011.
This title provides advice and best practices for HR directors managing small to medium sized organizations. Some of the topics discussed include: hiring, firing, and managing a multi-generational workforce.
- By Ilona Bray. Published by Nolo Press. 2011. 1st ed.
This title provides strategies and advice for the necessary fundraising you must perform for your nonprofit entity.