Are you dedicated and passionate about certain causes that affect you and your community? Are you highly organized and ready to put in the time, effort, and money to give even more back to your community? You might be ready to consider starting a nonprofit organization.
In this guide, "starting a nonprofit" means that you want to form a 501(c)(3)public charity. The websites below will assist you in starting a nonprofit in Maryland, or finding alternatives to starting a nonprofit.
Fiscal Sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status. This alternative to starting your own nonprofit allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under your sponsor's exempt status.
If you find there are other nonprofits already doing what you want to do, here are a few suggestions:
Learn how to form a Maryland nonprofit at the Maryland Charitable Organization Division. Information on registering a charity includes the Registration Statement for Charitable Organizations (COR-92) and Annual Update charity forms.
The Foundation Center’s Nonprofit Startup Resources by State provides links to helpful state and national resources such as Harbor Compliance's How to Start a Non-Profit Organization in Maryland, nonprofit associations, legal support organizations and government agencies. If you intent to solicit funds from other states, you need to register in each one. Harbor Compliance also has a Fundraising Compliance Guide with more information.
GrantSpace’s How Do I Start a Nonprofit Organization guide includes online training and websites about nonprofit start-up.
Hurwit & Associates’ Nonprofit Law Resource Library includes information on: nonprofit start-up issues, state filing and compliance, state statutes, international activities, governance and board questions, mergers and affiliations, nonprofit entrepreneurship, and charitable contributions.
Community Law Center, a nonprofit law firm, provides legal services throughout Maryland to promote stronger nonprofits and more vibrant neighborhoods.
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