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Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations are vital to the renewed prospects of the District of Columbia and the improved quality of life of its residents. Below are the initial steps required to establish a nonprofit organization in the District.

Determine the Mission
Develop a clear and focused mission statement that describes the organization's core purpose.

Draft a Concept Paper
Find the elements you should use to develop a strong, initial concept paper.

Determine the Organization Type
Read about how the IRS categorizes nonprofits—beyond 501(c)(3)s.

Establish a Board of Directors
Organize a board of directors who are trustworthy and committed to your mission.

Develop the Bylaws
Follow these guidelines to develop bylaws that will help define your organization's structure.

Develop a Strategic Plan
Create a long-range vision for the future of your nonprofit.