Strengthening Nonprofit Governance & Management
 2800 Springport Road, Jackson, Michigan 49202

Starting a Nonprofit

If you're looking to start a Michigan nonprofit organization, you're in the right place.  This page has helpful links on how to file formation documents, obtain tax identification numbers, and register for fundraising.
Before you begin....


Do your homework

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there were over 50,000 nonprofit organizations in Michigan in 2009.                                       

  • Does an organization already exist in your area that serves your cause?
    By working together you avoid diluting the effect of fundraising dollars and volunteer hours available in your community. Is there an opportunity for you to partner with a current nonprofit?
  • Are there other people in the community who are interested in serving on the Board? We suggest you watch our recorded webinar, Board 101 so you and your Board members understand their role in governing the organization.
  • The process may take a year or more. You must form your Board, file for your Articles of Incorporation, write Bylaws, file the IRS form 1023 (and be approved) and obtain the proper licensures from the state before you can you can operate and fundraise as a 501c3 nonprofit.                                       
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