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  • Start a nonprofit FAQs

    There are many advantages to starting a nonprofit. Nonprofits benefit from liability protection like other entities, but they can also take advantage of their tax-exempt status and access to grants and charitable donations.

  • What are the advantages of starting a nonprofit?

    Nonprofits are usually intended to serve the community and its members. Since they are expected to benefit communities, the government offers tax advantages to help maximize the services they can offer. Many nonprofit founders may say that the "feel goods" is a benefit from starting a nonprofit, but there are tangible advantages as well.

    Nonprofit advantages:

    • Liability protection
    • Tax-exempt status
    • Access to grants
    • Access to tax-deductible donations
    • Possible state tax advantages
    • Lower rates on many goods and services
    • Perpetuity (can survive founders)
  • Can I pay myself if I start a nonprofit?

    You can, but it can be tricky. If you start and run the nonprofit, but are not a founder, you may be able to take a reasonable salary. If you are a founder (and take the role of chairperson, director, president, or other), any compensation (or salary) you receive has to be approved by the board. Nonprofits are expected to be NON-profits and should not be created to benefit the founders financially (excessively). Founders being paid can create sticky situations with the IRS, so you'll want to make sure you set up your organization correctly and keep well-organized accounting records. Before starting a non-profit, you'll benefit from consulting with a lawyer and an accountant familiar with nonprofit requirements to make sure you set up your organization and file taxes correctly.

  • Are there different types of nonprofits?

    While we hear about 501(3)(C)s the most, there are other types of nonprofits. The IRS recognizes 27 types of nonprofit organizations. The most familiar type is charitable organizations. Others include:

    • 501(c)(4) Civic League, Social Welfare Organization, or Local Employee Association
    • 501(c)(5) Labor, Agricultural and Horticultural
    • 501(c)(6) Trade or Professional Association
    • 501(c)(7) Social or Recreational Club
    • 501(c)(8) Fraternal Societies.
    • 501(c)(9) Employee Beneficiary Association
    • 501(c)(12) Local Benevolent Life Insurance Associations, Mutual Irrigation and Telephone Companies, and Like Organizations
    • 501(c)(14) State Chartered Credit Union and Mutual Reserve Fund
    • 501(c)(19) Veterans Organizations
    • 501(c)(29) - CO-OP Health Insurance Issuers

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