So you want to start a nonprofit?
Founding and operating a nonprofit organization is not simple work, and should only be considered by those who are truly passionate about a cause. Simply having the passion may not always be enough, as starting a nonprofit is a complicated series of steps that requires the buy-in of the communities you're serving, other motivated individuals who add value to your mission, and funders that make it possible to take action.
If you are motivated to explore the issue, feel free to reach out to Dwight Hall at Yale leadership for a conversation.
Before reaching out to us, it may be helpful to educate yourself as much as possible in the process and resources. Below are two examples of helpful resources we commonly refer to:
- CT Association of Nonprofits Resources for Starting a Nonprofit
- Pro Bono Partnerships Resources for Starting a Nonprofit
Key Steps in Starting:1
- Discover your purpose for incorporating through adequate research and collaboration with others
- Draft a mission statement that defines your purpose
- Secure startup finances to allow you to obtain professional assistance (legal, accounting)
- Gather a group of individuals committed to your cause to function as your Board of Directors
- Get legal help in drafting a Certificate of Incorporation
- Draft corporate bylaws to organize how decisions are made
- Hold an organization meeting to officially adopt
1Adapted from CT Nonprofits' "What are the key steps in forming a nonprofit?"