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.