Revised: PJ launches 2013 webinar series with ‘How to Start a Nonprofit’

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Philanthropy Journal is pleased to present its first live, interactive webinar of 2013: “How to Start a Nonprofit – A Step by Step Guide” on March 19. It will be led by Raleigh attorney Marty Martin, whose practice focuses on providing legal and training services related to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.  It also will address the challenges of starting new nonprofits and why it may prove more advantageous for would-be nonprofits to partner with existing groups to leverage resources.

Starting an exempt nonprofit organization requires compliance with IRS and state legal requirements and key organizational planning considerations for a founder. During the webinar, Martin will explain how embedded in relevant documents and application processes are legal operating constraints generally unknown to someone interested in starting an exempt nonprofit organization.

The webinar will cover required legal documents including Articles of Incorporation; IRS 990 form; IRS 1023 application; state tax requirements; and charitable solicitation license.  Incorporated in this discussion will be planning tips; distinctions between nonprofit and exempt organizations; and legal operating requirements to maintain the exempt status.

Participants will be able to submit questions for response during the program. At the end of the webinar, they will have a broad outline of what is needed to start and operate a nonprofit successfully.

Register now to join us for this live event, which will be streamed online from 2-3:30 p.m. March 19. The fee is $30. If you cannot join us live, the webinar will be available for later download for viewing at your convenience.

Registration fees also help us to provide this webinar as a no-cost resource for NC State University students enrolled in the nonprofit studies minor through the Institute for Nonprofits. It is part of the Institute’s mission to ensure that they have opportunities for a full appreciation of the sector so that they may make a difference as effective leaders.

 Philanthropy Journal welcomes input from readers regarding topics for future webinars. Please submit your suggestions to

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