Starting a Nonprofit?

From the St. Louis Public Library’s Grants & Foundation Center

Official Applications and Instructions Online

    Online Helps & How-to's

      Also Available from the St. Louis VLAA (Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts) 
    •   Nonprofit Incorporation Workbook, VLAA
    •  Guide to Board Duties & Liabilities, by Peter Ruger Guide to Financial Oversight, by Sue Greenberg

    OR Consider Fiscal Sponsorship
    ·         VLAA Fiscal Sponsorship booklet
    ·         Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship free tutorial:  
    ·         National Network of Fiscal Sponsors                                                             

    Updated 4/15

    Some Missouri nonprofit startup resources, and 12 tasks you will need to accomplish as part of the process of establishing a nonprofit organization

    ·       File the certificate of incorporation
    ·       Select individuals to serve on the board of directors
    ·       Develop vision and mission statements
    ·       Establish bylaws and board policies
    ·       Obtain an employer identification number (EIN)
    ·       Open a bank account and establish check signing procedures
    ·       File for federal tax exemption
    ·       Follow state and local nonprofit regulations
    ·       Find office space and obtain office equipment
    ·       Recruit staff and prepare a personnel manual
    ·       Establish a payroll system and procure necessary insurance coverage
    ·       Develop an overall fundraising plan