Starting a Nonprofit

The process for starting a nonprofit is similar to starting a business, but with a twist. Typically, non-faith-based nonprofits must incorporate as a business.  After incorporating, nonprofits should file their 501(c)(3) status. Below are resources to help you get started.

Tax Exemption

Federal Tax Form 1023EZ, "Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code." Completion of Eligibility Worksheet required.

Federal Tax Form 1023, "Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code." There are two key requirements for an organization to be exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3).

Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool is an online search tool that allows users to search for and select an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filings. 

Resources for Starting a Nonprofit

Starting a Nonprofit Checklist

A checklist for those who want to start a nonprofit organization provided by the Checklist Project of The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.

Incorporating Your Nonprofit in North Carolina

A guide to help you through the process of establishing a nonprofit corporation and operating within the legal guidelines set within North Carolina. 

NC Nonprofit Corporation Forms

Forms provided by the North Carolina Secretary of State, including Articles of Incorporation for Nonprofit; provided in a variety of formats, including PDF.

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

The N.C. Center for Nonprofits is a statewide network for nonprofit boards and staffs, offering information on effective organizational practices, and more.

Nonprofit Programs & Events