Starting a new nonprofit can be both daunting and exciting! These resources can help you consider the many actions needed to establish your new organization.



These resources can help newer and smaller nonprofits build a strong foundation.

Starting a Nonprofit Organization 
  • Issues to consider before creating a nonprofit
  • Key steps in forming a nonprofit
  • How and where to incorporate a nonprofit


Creating an Effective Board 
  • Understanding board roles and responsibilities 
  • Recruiting, orienting, and training board members 
  • Structuring board committees 
  • Planning board meetings 
  • Evaluating the board 


Planning Ahead 
  • Why planning is important 
  • Establishing a clear mission statement and vision 
  • Various types of long and short range planning (business plan, annual plan, strategic plan) 
  • Who should be involved in planning 
  • Using an outside consultant to facilitate the planning process 


Overview of strategic/business plans

Developing a Sound Financial Management System 
  • Creating a budget 
  • Creating a basic accounting system 


Free Management Library - Financial management in nonprofits 

Fundraising to Sustain the Organization 
  • Beginning the fundraising effort 
  • Sources of funding 
  • The board's role in fundraising


The board's role in fundraising


Building & Sustaining Your Nonprofit

The Nonprofit Support Program sponsors a periodic workshop at the Hartford Public Library, So, You've Decided to Build a Nonprofit, Now What? This workshop covers the building blocks that all successful nonprofit organizations need: building a board, budgeting, planning, marketing, fundraising and evaluation. Below are the handouts from the session which include tools and checklists to help you develop your nonprofit.


Powerpoint Slides