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Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee Resource Guide
Starting a Nonprofit
Before You Begin…
If you’re just starting out, we encourage you to attend the workshop Orientation to Starting a Nonprofit: To Be or Not to Be, which goes through the basic questions to assess your readiness to create a nonprofit.
After you’ve decided to go ahead and formalize your nonprofit, the workshop Starting a Nonprofit and Beyond: Legal Issues and Documents will guide you through the process to apply for federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
Both workshops are held several times each year. Please see our Training Calendar or contact the Nonprofit Center for details.
Incorporating as a nonprofit has many benefits to those with an interest in helping people and building a better community. It’s a way to:
Frequently Asked Questions
In what areas should I have knowledge?
How can the Nonprofit Center help?
The Nonprofit Center offers a variety of workshops, consultation services and resources to assist new and existing organizations:
What must be in place before filing for 501(c)(3) status?
Does nonprofit incorporation cost money?
Yes: Registering with the state as a nonstock not-for-profit corporation (articles of incorporation) costs $35.
If mailing in the federal tax exempt status application it costs $850 (Regardless of budget size). If you file electronically using the IRS’s Cyber Assistant, it costs $200.You may also incur legal fees if you hire an attorney to help set up the nonprofit.
Online Resources for Nonprofits
www.nonprofitcentermilwaukee.org - Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Click “Starting a Nonprofit” for links to information on fiscal sponsorships, federal and state forms, tax exempt information and law resource library. Click on “Other Nonprofit Information” for links to information on board development, fundraising and professional associations.
www.nonprofitmilwaukee.org - The Nonprofit Portal
The Nonprofit Portal of Greater Milwaukee connects you to online information resources, training and learning events, news, and local organizations with a focus on nonprofit management.
www.jobsthatserve.com - Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Find the right people to meet your mission through Jobs that Serve, the only website in Wisconsin solely dedicated to nonprofit employment opportunities.
www.volunteermilwaukee.org - Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee
The Volunteer Center, a service of the Nonprofit Center, is Milwaukee’s primary resource for volunteerism. This site allows member nonprofits to post volunteer needs and has a searchable database for those looking for opportunities. You can also look here for potential board members.
Grants & Funder Directories
www.dfwonline.org - The Donors Forum of Wisconsin
The Donors Forum of Wisconsin allows you to fill out just one common grant application for various foundations in the state. They also offer trainings and the first-ever State of Wisconsin Philanthropy Report (2009).
www.law.marquette.edu/jw/library - Marquette University Law Library
MU’s Law Library offers a complete, current foundation directory indexed by interest areas of the funders. Search for “Foundation Directory” to order online, viewable at no cost at the library.
www.m-linc.org - Milwaukee Legal Initiative for Nonprofit Corporations
Marquette University Law School’s M-LINC can provide free or low cost legal advice on matters that concern nonprofit organizations.
www.wdfi.org/apps/CorpSearch/Search.aspx? - State of Wisconsin
This database search allows you to see if the name you have in mind for your organization is already being used by another nonprofit or for-profit corporation in the state of Wisconsin.
www.sba.gov - U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA website will provide you with a sample business plan and other planning resources that can be applied to nonprofits.
Not finding the help you need? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 344-3933
Starting a Nonprofit Organization - Resources
How to Start a Nonprofit Organization
501(c)(3): To Be Or Not To Be
State of Wisconsin Forms
Tax Exemption Information
Nonprofit Law Resource Library
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee