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CT Nonprofits receives calls every week from ambitious individuals who want to start a nonprofit organization. In order to help them navigate the waters, we have found resources that provide guidance and food for thought. We also highly recommend that if you are thinking of starting a nonprofit, you consult our Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Connecticut.
If you have any resources that you’d like to share with the nonprofit community, please email a brief description, and link or PDF to Jennifer Peifer.
Where to begin
Pro Bono Partnership provides pro bono business legal services to nonprofit agencies in CT, New Jersey and NY, in the belief that the knowledge and application of sound legal practices make nonprofit organizations more effective and better able to focus their resources on supplying vital services to the community.
Nonprofit Law Resource Library – Checklist and resources for starting a nonprofit in CT
Guides & Exercises
Top Ten Strategic Principles for Nonprofit Organizations: Developing a set of principles to position a not for profit organization for success is a challenge in this day and age. Our world is changing and evolving, and at lightening speed. Without the simple bottom line for measurement, where you are going and how you are getting there can confound even the best strategic planners.
So you want to start a nonprofit!: Ten steps to starting a nonprofit organization.
The business-planning process offers nonprofit decision makers an opportunity to connect the dots between mission and programs, to specify the resources required to deliver those programs, and to establish performance measures.
How to Start a Nonprofit Organization A five-step outline from a graduate-level class on how to create a charitable nonprofit organization.
Other tools and considerations
CT Nonprofits’ Tips for Starting a Nonprofit
Look before you leap! This information was amassed with a little help from our friends. Before going through the process of starting a new charity we strongly encourage you to read the first two FAQs.
The Nonprofit Handbook (courtesy of Socialworker.com)
Accounting Standards & Government Regulations from the Non-Profit Resource Center