Start A Nonprofit

Starting a nonprofit organization is a lot like starting a business, but there are special considerations to take into account when you’re planning your organization. You’ll need information about becoming tax exempt, setting up a 501(c)(3), and preparing for the process of raising funds for your organization’s activities. Here are some resources geared for the needs of anyone forming a charity or other nonprofit corporation.

CCPL’s Online Resources

Small Business Reference Center

This source includes many book chapters that will help you understand how to start and run and nonprofit. Take a look at the Starting and Running a Nonprofit section to read the contents of the book Starting and Building a Nonprofit by Peri H. Pakroo. The database also includes Every Nonprofit’s Tax Guide by Stephen Fishman and Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records by Anthony Mancuso. You will need to use a valid CCPL Library Card to access this source.

Local Organizations

Charleston Association of Grants Professionals

A networking organization focused on needs and interests of nonprofits and grant writers in the Charleston area. The CAGP meets monthly at the Main Library. Interested members of the public are invited to attend. Contact: Carolyn Lackey at carolynlackey[at]Comcast[dot]net or 452-4492 for more information.

South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations

SCANPO is a statewide membership organization and network with a mission to serve, support, and strengthen nonprofits in South Carolina. The organization holds a Nonprofit Summit each year.


Grant and Nonprofit Resources Blog | Charleston County Public Library

Our Foundation Center coordinator’s blog includes Charleston Association of Grants Professionals meeting notices and links to news articles of interest to the local nonprofit community.

Public Charities Info | South Carolina Secretary of State

Gives information about how to register as a charity in South Carolina. You can also search for registered charities in SC or check for suspended charities.

Starting a Nonprofit | Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

This site includes extensive information about the process of starting a nonprofit.

Tax Information For Charities and Other Nonprofits | IRS

Offers information about how to become a tax-exempt organization, forms, and proper filing methods.

CCPL’s Books

The Budget-Building Book For Nonprofits: A Step-By-Step Guide For Nonprofit Managers and Boards by Murray Dropkin and Bill LaTouche

Call Number: Found Ctr 658.154 Dropkin. Available at the Main Library.

A Dictionary of Nonprofit Terms and Concepts by David Horton Smith, Robert A. Stebbins, and Michael A. Dover

Call Number: Found Ctr 361 Smith. Available at the Main Library.

Every Nonprofit’s Tax Guide: How To Keep Your Tax-Exempt Status & Avoid IRS Problems by Stephen Fishman

Call Number: Found Ctr 343.05266 Fishman. Available at the Main Library.

Financial and Accounting Guide For Not-For-Profit Organizations by John H. McCarthy, Nancy E. Shelmon, and John A. Mattie

Call Number: Found Ctr 657.98 Financi. Available at the Main Library.

Financial Management For Nonprofit Organizations: Policies and Practices by John Zietlow, Jo Ann Hankin, and Alan Seidner

Call Number: Found Ctr 658.15 Zietlow. Available at the Main Library.

Forces For Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

Call Number: 658.048 Crutchfi. Availability varies by branch.

How To Form a Nonprofit Corporation by Anthony Mancuso

Call Number: Found Ctr 346.064 Mancuso or 346.064 Mancuso. Availability varies by branch.

Marketing Nonprofit Programs and Services: Proven and Practical Strategies To Get More Customers, Members, and Donors by Douglas B. Herron

Call Number: Found Ctr 658.8 Herron. Available at the Main Library.

The Nonprofit Handbook: Management edited by Tracy Daniel Connors

Call Number: Found Ctr 658.048 Nonprofi and 658.048 Nonprofi. Available at the Main Library.

Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide by Peri H. Pakroo

Call Number: Found Ctr 658.048 Pakroo or 658.048 Pakroo. Availability varies by branch.

Using Public Relations Strategies To Promote Your Nonprofit Organization by Ruth Ellen Kinzey

Call Number: 659.288 Kinzey. Availability varies by branch.

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