“Forming a new organization can be an important and fulfilling means of meeting a public need. However, sustaining a successful non-profit is a challenging undertaking under the best of circumstances, and it may not always be necessary or appropriate to start a new group. Before deciding whether to proceed, you'll want to have a full understanding of what is required and the various alternatives to non-profit start-up that could accomplish your goals.”
From the Center for Nonprofits of New Jersey
- View a webinar: Starting a Nonprofit - Upsides, Downsides, and Alternatives, from Pro Bono Partnership
- Take a self-assessment created by the Center for Nonprofits of New Jersey
- Review the booklet: Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit? (available in English and Spanish)
- Explore these two alternatives to forming a nonprofit:
- New Jersey State Guide to Forming a Nonprofit
- Citizens Law Project step-by-step guide to Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in New Jersey
IRS Tax Information for Charities / Nonprofits
- IRS Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations
- USA.gov Nonprofit Gateway: Discover information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management strategies and more
- Small Business Administration: How to Start a Nonprofit
- SCORE: Nine Steps to Starting Your Own Nonprofit
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Small Business Reference Center (SBRC)
- This comprehensive online library offers practical guides and always-available ebooks from leading publishers (such as NOLO) running the gamut of need-to-know topics, including starting and managing a nonprofit, proposal writing, and consulting with nonprofits.
- Create your custom private “space” within SBRC where you can store key resources for future reference
Center for Nonprofits, New Jersey
Through advocacy, education, capacity building programs and member services, the center gives nonprofits the knowledge and tools they need to pursue their missions more effectively.
NJEDA: New Jersey Economic Development Authority
An organization providing financing and technical assistance to nonprofits.
Nonprofit Development Center of South Jersey
The center offers workshops for staff and board members to help nonprofits work more efficiently and collaboratively.
Volunteer Center of Burlington County
Discover and share volunteer opportunities throughout Burlington County.
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New Jersey
This organization activates and supports the next generation of nonprofit leaders through educational opportunities, idea sharing, and networking.
New Jersey Grant Professionals Association
The New Jersey chapter of a professional, nonprofit association of grant writers, grant managers, and grant consultants.
NJ Department of State Nonprofit Information Portal
Links to State departments and agencies that provide resources that assist nonprofits in their daily operations.
Catchafire is a skills-based volunteering platform that matches skilled professional volunteers with nonprofits to help them increase their capacity and achieve their missions. A nonprofit can post a project, and Catchafire will match the nonprofit with a professional volunteer to get it done. New Jersey nonprofits are eligible for free membership.