Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide
If you're ready to save the world, here's the book you need. 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 your nonprofit up and running. It explains how to pick the perfect name for your organization, structure a nonprofit to achieve your goals, choose 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 and much more! 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. All the forms you'll need are included as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.
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My first impression after reading this work was that it would make an excellent textbook for the subject matter. That is, it gives a thorough overview, but doesn't really suffice if you want, or need, to set up your own nonprofit entity. The university I work at employs a couple of business professors whose courses specialize in the nonprofit sector, and I will be recommending this book to both of them. Nolo, and other publishers, offer a number of other books that cover the issues of setting up a nonprofit that an interested "non-profiteer" should consult before actually proceeding (e.g., How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation; Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work; Nonprofit Fundraising Registration: The 50 State Guide). This specific book touches upon all of the necessary components of establishing a nonprofit, from naming your organization to fundraising to understanding contracts. The most likely market for this book would be those starting out in absolute ignorance (ignorance means "not knowing" and does not mean "stupid"). If you are inexperienced and in the initial stages of setting up a nonprofit organization, this is a must read from cover to cover. The three appendices are what I would describe as "padded." Appendix A explains how to use the CD-ROM, an object that pretty much just contains the checklists in the book in Rich Text Format (RTF) and some software for reading them. I just opened up the appropriate folder, "Nonprofit Startup Forms," and started reading the 16 total documents. Appendix B lists the URLs for the state agencies (usually the Secretary of State office) involved in regulating nonprofits. This is another subject area that you'd be better advised to consult separate, more thorough works. Appendix C contains the checklists and forms referenced in the body of the text and works as a sort of outline for the whole process. This is not a bad book, but you won't be able to use this as a sole source for actually setting up your organization. It's a solid, and accurate overview of the process, and if you are starting at ground zero, this is a pretty good place to begin. Note: The reviewer received a free copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program (review also appears there).
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Aiming to explain all the "practical steps necessary to start and run a nonprofit," media and communications consultant Pakroo (The Small Business Start-Up Kit ) takes readers through the nuts and bolts, from deciding on a name to bookkeeping. This guide offers advice on organizing the company, signing contracts, marketing, budgeting, and handling taxes and insurance. Pakroo notes special issues for nonprofits, such as their tax-exempt status and an organizational structure requiring "a board of directors...which is responsible for keeping the Organization on track, working toward its stated nonprofit mission." In addition to the how-to chapters, there are helpful appendixes, including a directory of web sites (where incorporation information and forms may be requested), state charitable solicitation registration offices, and state tax agencies. She also appends a checklist of steps to take (e.g., developing your initial budget) and sample forms, including budget worksheets. The accompanying CD-ROM contains digital copies of the forms included in one appendix. In explaining the special issues involved in establishing and running a nonprofit, this book does fill a need. Recommended primarily for public libraries, although nonprofit agencies should also keep it on their shelves.--Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ., Jamaica, NY
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