Resources for those considering starting a nonprofit organization:
- The National Council of Nonprofits: How to Start a Nonprofit
- The National Council of Nonprofits: Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits
- Internal Revenue Service
- KY Secretary of State
- Life Cycle of a Public Charity
Should you dedice to file for tax-exempt status with the IRS, KNN recommends having an attorney or CPA review your application to ensure you are in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations governing the establishment and operations of a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. KNN does not have an attorney or CPA on staff to provide these services. We also recommend that you consider working with an existing organization in your community with tax-exempt status to avoid unnecessary duplication of services and/or explore fiscal sponsorship with a community foundation or other nonprofit.
Please note that while anyone can make a contribution to your efforts, for the contribution to be tax-deductible for the donor, you will need to apply for and receive 501( c ) (3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.