How to Start a Nonprofit

by Angelique O’Rourke. Palo Alto Software BPlans Blog, 2020.


This article is a comprehensive overview of the steps for creating a successful nonprofit organization.


conducting a needs analysis, outlining a business plan, identifying similar programs and organizations, determining funding sources and potential donors

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and nonproft team



Practical Applications

  • Consider everything that goes into the founding of a nonprofit before determining if this is a reality for your congregation.
  • Identify a need for your nonprofit by first conducting a needs analysis.

About the Contributor

Wendy McCormick

Wendy McCormick is the Center for Congregations’ southwest Indiana director. She has an interest in congregational fundraising and stewardship, including planned giving.

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