How to Start a Non-Profit Organization

It always starts with an idea: you want to solve a problem in your community, conduct research into a disease, or raise awareness of an important issue.

As the solution unfolds, you realize you need to raise funds to turn that dream into a reality. At this point, many visionaries jump to filing for tax-exempt status.


Before you take another step toward forming a non-profit organization, stop.

We’ve set up hundreds of non-profit organizations, seeing many succeed while others failed. We put together a guide to five things all non-profit founders should do before filling out any paperwork to help you get started on the path to success.

Once you’ve done your research and created a strong, workable plan for your non-profit organization, you’re ready to form a legal entity and apply for tax-exempt status.


  • Five things to do before you form the entity
  • How to research the viability of your idea
  • What goes into a non-profit business plan
  • What to look for when building a board of directors
  • And much more!

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Caritas Law Group exclusively represents tax-exempt, non-profit, and mission-based businesses, as well as major donors and companies engaged in cause marketing. With offices in Tempe, Arizona, our attorneys are licensed to practice in Arizona and Washington and represent clients with regard to federal tax matters nationwide.