Starting a Nonprofit

One of our most frequently asked questions is, "How do I start my own nonprofit?" If you are passionate about making a difference, helping your community, and working for the public good, then starting a nonprofit may be an exciting and rewarding opportunity. However, we also encourage you to use your energy to improve or add to services and programs already offered by existing nonprofit organizations. Speak to people in your community, search the internet, and visit Access NYC to determine if the services already exist.

Below you can find information on how to register a new charity, a checklist on how to structure your nonprofit, what legal requirements need to be met, and what tax exemptions you may qualify for. Follow these steps to get your nonprofit up and running.

Not-for-profit formation requires the following:

Tools and Tips

Need Help?

CBO has compiled a list of consultants and nonprofit experts that can help your organization implement these best practices.

Materials on this website are provided for informational purposes and may not be appropriate for every nonprofit organization. The information does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for legal or professional advice. Nonprofit organizations or persons contemplating starting a nonprofit organization are strongly encouraged to consult professional legal, financial and tax advisors.