Nonprofit Startup

One of the most common questions we get at CNE is “How do I start my own nonprofit?” Here, we provide a few resources to assist those interested in beginning the process.
Note: While we offer resources to help guide your research and process, none of this information is intended to be legal advice.

Are You Ready? Take the Nonprofit Start-Up Readiness Assessment. 

Nonprofit Start Up Workshop 

CNE and the El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center offers a workshop several times each year that aims to help answer questions and provide direction for those thinking about starting a nonprofit.

  • Explore the nonprofit climate in Colorado Springs
  • Assess your readiness for starting a nonprofit organization
  • Present alternative options to forming a nonprofit
  • Delve into the steps you should take before filing (board development, by-laws, etc.)
  • Address the regulatory steps you will need to take if you decide to start a nonprofit


Helpful Resources

Legal Advice

CNE partners with several law firms in town who provide guidance and legal advice to individuals interested in starting a nonprofit and those in process of completing their Form 1023.

Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit
Not all charitable ideas are best suited as an independent nonprofit organization. A potential alternative lies within a Fiscal Sponsorship. Check out the infographic below and learn more.