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Nonprofit Basics

According to the NH Attorney General's Division of Charitable Trust there are more than 8000 nonprofits registered in New Hampshire. These nonprofits range from tiny entities to huge complex organizations.

If you are contemplating joining that group of 8000+ there are many things to consider and many things to do in order to become a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Here you will find resources that can help you navigate your way through these tasks.

Pros and Cons of Using Form 1023-EZ for Starting a Nonprofit

Source: Foundation Group
In 2014, the IRS released the 1023-EZ, giving small nonprofits a streamlined - and less expensive - way of applying for tax-exempt status. There has been much criticism of the form and some indicators that less-than-authentic organizations have used it to gain tax-exempt status. This article looks at the good and the bad of this option.
Posted on: December 10, 2019
Topics: Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

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The Center has partnered with MindEdge Learning, a leading provider of online higher education and professional development, to offer their full suite Management and Nonprofit Management certificates and courses. These on-demand, self-paced courses provide an alternative to the Center's existing opportunities and members of the Center can request a discount code for 10% off the normal price. Learn more
Posted on: October 10, 2018
Topics: Online Tools | Cost savings | Featured

The ABC's of Forming Your 501(c)(3)

Source: Harbor Compliance
Watch a free recorded webinar from Harbor Compliance and Foundation Center on the process of starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Posted on: January 19, 2018
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

How to Start a Nonprofit in New Hampshire

Source: Harbor Compliance
Harbor Compliance's "How to Start a Nonprofit in New Hampshire" guide covers every aspect of starting a nonprofit.
Posted on: June 8, 2017
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

Is it Time to “B” a Part of the Social Responsibility Movement?

Source: Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.
Rebecca Kane, an attorney in the Corporate Department of Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A., explains the difference between the typical “C” and “S” corporations and the new “B” corporations, which were only recently made available as an option in NH.
Posted on: February 20, 2015
Topics: Entrepreneurship | Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

The Challenges of New Nonprofits

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
This article, featured in Nonprofit Quarterly's winter 2014 edition titled “Births and Deaths in the Nonprofit Sector”, covers the different methods for “birthing” a nonprofit and the thoeries governing its formative years.
Posted on: February 3, 2015
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

Introductory Guide to Incorporation and Tax Exemption

Source: NH Business Committee for the Arts
The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) educates, motivates, and recognizes business support of and participation in the arts. Among the resources they offer is a Guide to New Hampshire Nonprofit Incorporation; although it was prepared specifically for arts organizations, it is relevant to all organizations. Download a copy of the guide from the NH Business Committee for the Arts.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Nonprofit Basics | Starting a Nonprofit

What You Need to Know Before Starting a Nonprofit

Source: Center for Nonprofit Management
Get Ready, Get Set: What You Need to Know Before Starting a Nonprofit is a free guide from the Center for Nonprofit Management will help you to explore preliminary questions, such as "is there an unmet need in the community?" and "will the organization attract sufficient resources to make the project viable?" The booklet then describes the legal steps involved in incorporation and securing tax exemption status, and concludes with an overview of management systems.
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Posted on: April 24, 2013
Topics: Legal | Nonprofit Basics | Starting a Nonprofit

Financial Considerations in Starting a Nonprofit

Did you ever wish you could get a few minutes with a local expert to ask a few questions? In this video, Kirk Leoni, CPA, and nonprofit board member, discusses important financial considerations when starting a nonprofit.
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit | Finance

Informational Videos from the Attorney General's Office

The Division of Charitable Trusts has created informational videos to help answer some of the most common questions that they field. The videos cover the topics of:
  • How to Register a Charity in New Hampshire
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Preventing Fraud
Each video is under 10 minutes and chock full of useful information. Watch the videos on Youtube.  
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

The Foundation Center's Webinar Series for Nonprofit Startup Organizations

Are you considering starting a nonprofit organization, or do you already run or work for a nonprofit startup? The Foundation Center held a series of webinars for nonprofit "startups", and has made both the recordings and handouts of each session available online. See the list of recorded webinars from The Foundation Center.
Note: Windows Media Player is required to view the recordings.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

Rules and Regulations

The IRS web site provides information about requirements and procedures for all stages in the lifecycle of a nonprofit, including getting started and applying to become a tax exempt organization.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

IRS Publication 4220

Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status, is designed to help prospective charities apply for tax exemption under the tax law.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Starting a Nonprofit

A Checklist of Filing Requirements

A list of initial and ongoing filing requirements for nonprofits in NH.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

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