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:
Where to begin when starting a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia:
- Form 1023-I: What You Need to Know About the Interactive Application for 501(c)(3) Status
- IRS Tax Information for Charities and other Nonprofits
- IRS Tax Exempt Status for your Organization
- IRS Form 1023 information
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.