If your nonprofit is planning to actively engage in public fundraising, you’ll need to register the nonprofit as a charity in most states before you begin soliciting donations. Below, you’ll find a checklist of everything you need to do to make sure the job is done right.
Ready. Set. Game Plan.
Before you begin filling out your charity registration application, you’ll want to know and have several things prepared ahead of time. In what ways will your nonprofit approach solicitation? Do you have a prepared financial history of your nonprofit organization? Will you be hiring professional solicitors? These are all questions to which you’ll want to know the answers, and have copies of the paperwork ready to go.
Recent counts by the National Center for Charitable Statistics estimate that there are currently more than 1.5 million active nonprofits in the United States. With a business structure so popular, you’d think it would be easy to describe what exactly a nonprofit is; however, if you can do so in a sentence or two, consider yourself part of a minority. Many people attempt to classify nonprofits as charities, which does fairly capture some nonprofits, but that description doesn’t describe exactly what a nonprofit is or how a nonprofit functions.
One of the great misconceptions surrounding nonprofit corporations is the idea that they all qualify for tax exemptions. The truth is that jumping through all the hoops to obtain tax-exempt status is hard work and many nonprofit organizations pay taxes like their for-profit counterparts. For those that do qualify for tax-exempt status, the most common designation, known as a 501c3 status, is available for entities that qualify as public charities and private foundations. This one designation, however, doesn’t come close to providing options for the wide range of nonprofit organizations in existence. To accommodate many other kinds of nonprofit organizations seeking tax exempt status, the IRS has created 33 different tax-exempt statuses for which nonprofits can apply.
See the chart below for more information:
While all charities are nonprofits, not all nonprofits are charities.
While all charities are nonprofits, not all nonprofits are charities. Here, you’ll find the primary differences between the two:
Do you want to start a business in order to help your community at large and benefit society in some way? If these are your goals, it is wise to consider a nonprofit business entity. Before starting a nonprofit, it is important that you have the right frame of mind to operate one. A nonprofit requires a lot of time, energy, vision, and talent, and a strong desire to reach the nonprofit’s goals.
Forming your company as a nonprofit corporation has a number of benefits if your end goal is to benefit a group or the public at large:
: Many nonprofits are able to apply for 501c3 tax-exempt status, which exempts them from federal corporate tax. Once 501c status is obtained, then generally there are also state tax exemptions, such as state income tax and franchise tax, which nonprofit corporations may be exempt from paying as well.
If your nonprofit corporation is preparing to do business in a new state, you’ll need to register your nonprofit organization as a foreign entity in every state in which you want to solicit donations or sell products and services. The act of registering your nonprofit to do business out-of-state is known as “qualifying a foreign entity,” and below you’ll find everything you need to know about qualifying your nonprofit to do business in all 50 states:
The Qualification Process
Qualifying your nonprofit to do business outside of the state in which it was incorporated is a state-by-state process. Each state has particular requirements, but all states have one thing in common: a certificate of authority form. The actual name of the form varies slightly from state to state, but in each state the certificate of authority is the main document you will need to file. This form is filed with the secretary of state or corresponding agency.
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