Helpful resources to guide you in this exciting venture

Currently, the Center does not provide direct technical assistance to those starting a nonprofit, nor offer assistance in the Form 1023 submission or process. However, we do invite you to take advantage of our informative webinars, helpful resources and other opportunities available to nonmembers.

Organizations that have submitted their Form 1023 to the IRS may apply to join the Center.

Additional information on starting a nonprofit may be found online at:

Download Starting a Nonprofit in Washington, DC: A Guide and watch the DC Bar Pro Bono webinar on how to complete the IRS Form 1023-EZ form.

Where to begin when starting a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia:

Other forms and publications can be found on the IRS website:

  • Form 990-EZ, Short Form
  • Form 1023 Tax Exempt Application
  • Form SS-4 Receive an Employer Identification Number
  • Form 2848 Power of Attorney Form
  • Form 8718 User Fee for Exempt Organizations Application
  • Publication 557 Booklet of IRS Laws that Effect Nonprofit Organizations
  • Form 990/990EZ Annual IRS Form for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Nonprofits in the District of Columbia also require a Basic Business License.  For more information on acquiring a Basic Business License, contact the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.