Starting a nonprofit? Seeking grants? Are you managing, or on the board of, a nonprofit?   Here’s the place to jumpstart your efforts with tools, links to local help, and guides.

The Basics

NJ Guide to Forming a Nonprofit

Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in New Jersey:  Step-by-step guide by Citizens Law Project

Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations (Internal Revenue Service)

USA.gov Nonprofit Gateway:   Find information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.

Keep on Top of Trends  & Knowledge

Chronicle of Philanthropy:  Free with your library card, the No. 1 news source for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise

Local Connections

Center for Nonprofits – New Jersey: Through advocacy, education, capacity building programs and member services, the Center gives non-profits the knowledge and tools they need to pursue their missions more effectively.

NJEDA:  Technical assistance for nonprofits:  New Jersey Economic Development Development Authority (NJEDA) provides technical assistance for nonprofits, including an innovative program which trains 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in social entrepreneurship (SE).  One goal of the SE program is the organization relying less on grant funding over the long term .

Nonprofit Development Center of South Jersey:  Helps nonprofits work more efficiently & collaboratively with workshops for staff & board members.

Nonprofit Finance Fund – Mid-Atlantic Region:  Financing, consulting, and advocacy services to nonprofits and funders.

Recruit & Manage Volunteers

More Links:

Bellstrike.com:  Websites for nonprofits

Blue Avocado: Online magazine for community nonprofits.

Network for Good:  “Online giving made easy”

New Jersey State Library Funding Information Center  Extensive resources on on fundraising,  proposal writing, special events, nonprofit management and working with volunteers. Complements the offerings of the Burlington County Library.