Nonprofit Start Ups
One of the most common questions we get at CNE is “How do I start my own nonprofit?” Starting a nonprofit organization can be an meaningful and effective way to give back to your community and help those in need. However, it is important to understand all of the steps involved in this process before moving forward. 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.
Nonprofit Start Up Workshop
CNE hosts a workshop in partnership with the El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center to provide direction on nonprofit start ups. You’ll assess your readiness, learn about alternatives, explore steps to help the process, and address regulatory steps required. Visit our Calendar for the next workshop.
There are many ways to do good work in our community. Forming a nonprofit is not always the best answer. Other alternatives include volunteering your skills with an organization whose mission you are passionate about or finding a fiscal sponsor to provide infrastructure and support for a start-up or new organization, as well as a home for a project’s donations.
Once you have decided to move forward with starting a nonprofit organization, you’ll want to ensure you are complying with all federal, state, and local regulations governing the establishment and operations of a nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations with the Colorado Secretary of State and the IRS.
Step by Step
Our friends at the Community Resource Center have many great resources around starting a nonprofit including outline of the regulatory steps and the Start Up for Success Workbook focused on helping you self-guide the process.
Nonprofit Readiness Checklist
While there are many things to consider before starting a nonprofit, CNE hopes this quick checklist will help you address some of the key items to think about before starting down the path to nonprofit creation.
does success look like?
a nonprofit organization in the past? Once a nonprofit organization is developed it is governed by the board of directors who has the responsibility of hiring, evaluating, and if needed, firing the executive director.
Colorado Secretary of State Incorporation: $50 PLEASE NOTE: This filing alone does not grant you IRS tax exempt status.
501c3 Status with IRS: $400 or $850
Basic Insurance: $500-1500
Harbor Compliance has created a useful chart that outlines the costs of starting a nonprofit in each state.