Starting a nonprofit

Many community-minded people have the idea of starting a nonprofit. If you are thinking of starting one, Central Library can help point you to some helpful online resources to get you started.

First, register for free at Candid Learning, opens a new window (formerly Grantspace). Search for training by format ("on demand" means previously-recorded webinars), topic (such as "starting a nonprofit"), and experience level ("beginner"). There, you will also find information about alternative models such as fiscal sponsorship, opens a new window and social entrepreneurship, opens a new window. There are many simpler alternatives to starting a nonprofit for people on a mission to help their communities. 

Everyone considering starting a nonprofit should use's Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool, opens a new window to assess your readiness to start a nonprofit, and access resources to build your skills and knowledge as a founder.

These Georgia organizations, opens a new window provide services for new or startup nonprofits.

You will also learn how to reach millions of funders by claiming your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, opens a new window.

You have free access to the basic resources of setting up a nonprofit through Candid's Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook collection, opens a new window.

A nonprofit is a tax-exempt category within the Internal Revenue Service. Learn about the requirements, opens a new window. See the requirements for the Georgia Department of Revenue, opens a new window