Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations

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This is a check list of the steps involved in starting a nonprofit in Michigan. Other documents that will be helpful are "Starting a Tax Exempt Non-Profit in Michigan" and "Planning Tools for Non-Profit Organizations".  Both of these documents are available on this site.

Nonprofit Purpose and Tax-Exempt Status

For many nonprofits, tax-exempt status is everything. Not only does this exemption allow nonprofits to avoid federal corporate taxes, but allows donors to write off their contributions at the end of the year. In many states, IRS-granted, tax-exempt status can also open doors to other exemptions on property taxes and sales tax. But when filing the application for exemption, the process is daunting, if not utterly overwhelming.

Non-profits Using Savvy Marketing To Further Their Mission

There are 1.4 million non-profits (tax exempt) in the United States today. And, 61% have annual revenues under $100,000.

Non-profits are using savvy marketing to further their mission.

7% have revenue of $100K-$250K
4% have revenue of $250K-$500K
3% have revenue of $500K-$1M
4% have revenue of $1M-$5M
1% have revenue of $5M-$10M
1% have revenue > $10M
19% unreported

Donations Facts

72% comes from individuals

15% from foundations

6% from coorporations

This 14 page booklet provides specific information about starting a Non-Profit in Michigan.  It is produced by the Non-Profit Association of Michigan.

This is a very helpful booklet for entrepreneurs who are trying to start a non-profit or who are involved in the operation of a non-profit.

Learn the Basics - Tips for Non-Profits

Many people find that the best outlet for their entrepreneurial spirit is to improve the quality of their communities and their world by starting a non-profit organization. But while non-profit and for-profit organizations share many similarities, there are also key differences that can doom even the best of intentions.

Jim Maltry, a SCORE mentor with 26 years of experience in the non-profit community, discusses several of the most important factors to consider when planning and launching a non-profit.


How is the process of starting a non-profit similar to that for starting a small business? How do the processes differ?

About the Author

Jim Maltry Profile

Expert in Nonprofit. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of nonprofit areas. 26 years of experience with the nonprofit community. Experience includes; how to start a nonprofit,  legal requirements, fund raising, board development, recruitment of board members, nonprofit business plans and strategic plans. 

Nonprofits and Reasonable Compensation

Every so often a front page news story will appear citing a seemingly outrageous number as the salary of a nonprofit’s CEO. The question most people ask is how could a tax-exempt organization justly pay someone so much? In rare instances, the CEO in question has manipulated their salary in his or her favor or taken benefits not owed to them. The vast majority of the time, however, the answer rests with what the Internal Revenue Service calls “reasonable compensation.”

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