Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide

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Start a nonprofit and keep it running with this practical guide

Rescue a school library. Preserve an endangered species. Support the arts. Whatever it is you want to do to give back to your community, Starting & Building a Nonprofit provides the kick start you need.

Filled with user-friendly information, practical advice and step-by-step instructions, this book is your guide through the process of getting a nonprofit up and running. Learn how to:

. pick the perfect name for your organization
. structure a nonprofit to achieve your goals
. choose and obtain a federal tax-exempt status
. create a mission statement
. develop a strategic plan and initial budget
. launch a successful fundraising plan
. recruit and manage board members and volunteers
. hire and train staff
. obtain necessary insurance
. market your organization
. create a winning website
. keep your nonprofit running

Starting & Building a Nonprofit goes beyond paperwork — it addresses the big picture, showing you how to create a solvent, efficient organization that will make a real difference. And the newly revised 4th edition has an updated chapter on building a website for your nonprofit, and updated forms and checklists to help you stay organized.

Are you a California resident? Check out How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California.

Product Details

  • Series: Starting & Building a Nonprofit
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; Fifth Edition edition (March 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413318479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413318470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

An Excellent Book…

62 people found this helpful.
 on June 1, 2006
By WIAPilot
I was interested in learning everything that I needed to know about setting up a nonprofit organization, step-by-step. I wanted to know the right questions to ask an attorney and do as much of the groundwork as possible to help save costs.

A must-have resource for those considering starting a nonprofit

34 people found this helpful.
 on November 25, 2013
By Jamie Wilson
I own both this book and Nolo’s “How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation,” which is focused on the legalities of forming a nonprofit, obtaining tax-exempt status, and those things you’ll need to make sure you do once you’ve decided to create a nonprofit. This book takes you from the idea of a nonprofit you may want to form and walking you through the things you’ll need to consider: the name, the structure, developing a strategic plan, budgeting, board of directors, staff/volunteers, fundraising, marketing, and much more. As always with Nolo, this book is jam-packed with practical information without the fluff. There are also lots of references to even more available information on topics the book covers, which means not having to track them down and determining the credibility of the sources yourself.

Review of 5th (2013) edition. Some changes since 2011 Edition.

19 people found this helpful.
 on October 30, 2013
By Steve Ramm
While I usually review CDs and DVDs as well as entertainment related books here on Amazon, in my major occupation, I am a CPA with over 40 years of work in the Nonprofit field. I am also Treasurer of a Nonprofit so I feel qualified to provide an accurate review of this book.

Nonprofit Administrators and Board Members Need This, Too

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 25, 2013
By George McAdams
Despite what one has heard, starting to form a “Nonprofit” is not hard. Forming it the proper way, and keeping it focused on its mission, following the rules, and staying out of trouble, that’s the hard part, especially if your nonprofit is an active one. Nolo’s book STARTING & BUILDING A NONPROFIT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE should be required reading for all of those wanting to develop a nonprofit before they begin the process, and if your nonprofit has already been formed, it should be read to see how you can make yours stronger.

Straight-forward, no-nonsense guide to starting a nonprofit

10 people found this helpful.
 on November 6, 2013
By Jerry Saperstein
This is not a text on forming a nonprofit corporation or getting tax-exempt status or any other legal or accounting topic. Rather it is guide, a roadmap of what you need to know and what steps you need to take in the course of, as the title states, “starting a building a nonprofit”.

Non-Profit or Business, which one is for me?

11 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2008
By Janet W. Christy
I was interested in this book because so many of my clients and workshop attendees think they want to start a Non-Profit organization instead of a Business (for Profit). This book is a good introduction and general information resource. I will recommend it to my clients who are leaning toward Non instead of For-Profit. Many people (particularly the women and minorities that I work with) think it is easier to start and run a Non-Profit than a Business. The realistic explanations and comparisons in this book put that myth to rest. Peri Pakroo’s book provides sound explanations and advice that help readers come to the right conclusion about Non or For-Profit. It covers important topics such as Naming, Incorporating, Tax-Exempt Status, Mission Definition, Strategic Planning and Budget Development. I found the Budget and the Fund Raising chapters especially beneficial because too many people think that “if I start it, they will give” and this is not a safe assumption to make. Another important and beneficial chapter is the one on Staff and Volunteers. Having consulted to and volunteered with many Non Profits I am often saddened to see worthwhile organizations and projects fail because of poor decisions about staffing and use of volunteers. This may not be the book for you if you are ready to start a Non Profit, but it is very helpful to those still in the thinking stage.

Amazingly Straightforward!

8 people found this helpful.
 on May 27, 2008
By Sheri K.
I am in the process of getting a non-profit started to administrate projects and seek grant funding to work in E. Africa, and this book has been AMAZING! Our group is experienced at aid work, but completely inexperienced with the details of how to set up the non-profit, and what things we need to know now to prevent later problems in attaining our 501(c)(3) designation. It is full of practical procedures, written in a simple and straightforward way, and has been very easy to follow. So far, we are sailing through the process with very little problem, mostly because of this info. I’d say this is a must for anyone starting a non-profit on their own without the help of expensive lawyers.

A Good Primer

3 people found this helpful.
 on July 2, 2011
By Dale Sadler
Last year I considered starting a nonprofit in my area that would work to curb the divorce rate. I understand marital issues but have no idea about the ins and outs of non-profits so I purchased this book and it was exactly what I needed. It covers the step-by-step process of getting your non-profit off the ground and is extremely easy to understand. Whether you’re starting a small sports league, a club, or a larger community wide organization, this book will steer you in the right direction.

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