Starting a Nonprofit : a Three-Part Series

Posted by Free Library of Philadelphia on March 21, 2016

Preliminary Steps
Wednesday, March 23 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Parkway Central | 4th Floor | Skyline Room

This first seminar will focus on initial preparations, including developing a mission statement, explaining why your mission is different, putting together a board, and beginning to answer the questions that funders will pose. We will cover incorporation in Pennsylvania, registering a fictitious name, and getting an Employer Identification Number (EIN). In addition, we will discuss resources such as fiscal sponsors and incubators.

Filing the Documents
Wednesday, April 13 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Parkway Central | 4th Floor | Skyline Room

The second seminar will cover the application for 501(c)(3) status, the 1023, specifically the 1023EZ. We will discuss important related documents, such as the bylaws and conflict of interest statements, and will also review any materials not adequately covered in the first session.

Ongoing Requirements and Resources
Wednesday, May 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Parkway Central | 1st Floor | Room 108

In the third seminar we will discuss ongoing requirements and resources for small nonprofits, such as acknowledging gifts, insurance, recording, registration as a charitable organization, bulk mail rates, and related topics.

Advance registration for each session is required as space is limited; please contact the Regional Foundation Center at or 215-686-5423.

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