Helpful resources to guide you in this exciting venture

When starting a nonprofit, the Center welcomes you to take advantage of its 100+ courses and other helpful resources and opportunities available to nonmembers. However, the Center does not provide direct technical assistance to those starting a nonprofit, nor offer assistance in the Form 1023 submission or process.

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 the Start a Nonprofit guide and 1023-EZ Legal Alert from DC Bar Pro Bono.

Where to begin when starting a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., 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.