Helpful resources to guide you in this exciting venture

Don’t miss this unique, upcoming opportunity!

If you are thinking about starting a nonprofit, then you’re invited to participate in a virtual think-tank discussion. Join the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, DC Bar Pro Bono Center and nonprofit consultant, Larry Robertson for an informative, introductory opportunity. During this session, we will provide an overview of key considerations and review your needs in areas such as the following:

  • Developing a conceptually sound organization and approach
  • Conducting market analysis of need and competition
  • Establishing the required regulatory and legal foundation to operate
  • Assembling the requisite leadership, practices, and resources to be successful

Then we’ll use your input to design services and resources that provide in-depth guidance on starting a new nonprofit in DC.

Take a key step toward turning your great idea into reality—join us!

Who Should Attend: Anyone who is thinking about or is in the incubation phase of starting a nonprofit in DC. [If you have already started a nonprofit, we encourage you to consider the many other services that the Center and DC Bar Pro Bono Center offer to existing nonprofits.

When: Thursday, September 22, 3:00-4:00pm

Where: ZOOM


Other resources to explore

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.