Many organizations provide information and assistance to charities that are just starting their operations. Among them:

The Foundation Center

Helps non-profit groups learn how to solicit foundation grants and deal with other aspects of financing and managing a new charity through its library, which has affiliates nationwide. Its Internet site has a special section that explains how to establish a non-profit organization.

The center’s headquarters is at:

79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-3076

Phone: (212) 620-4230 or (800) 424-9836,
Fax: (212) 807-3677,

The National Council Nonprofit Associations

Represents organizations that help charities in particular states or geographic regions. Such organizations can explain local and state laws as well as provide advice about many other matters involved in running a charity.

For a list of the council’s members and other information, contact the organization’s headquarters located at:

1030 15th Street NW, Suite 870, Washington, DC 20005-1525

Phone: (202) 962-0322,
Fax: (202) 962-0321,

BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards)

Offers guidance on board formation and development by means of a clearinghouse, training programs, leadership forums, publications, and workshops.

For more information, contact BoardSource at:

1828 L Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036-5114

Phone: (202) 452-6262 or (800) 883-6262,
Fax: (202) 452-6299,
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See also…

Nonprofit Law and Fundraising