How to Start a Nonprofit

One of the most common questions we hear is "How do I start my own nonprofit?" By using the resources below, we hope that many of your questions will be answered. These resources are certainly no substitute for legal advice from an attorney familiar with the law of tax-exempt organizations however they will get you on the right path with the right questions to ask.

National Council of Nonprofits - How to Start a Nonprofit

Marquette Legal Initiative for Nonprofit Corporations (M-LINC) offers free brief legal advice to Wisconsin nonprofits and organizations seeking tax-exempt status. 

UW Law School's Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic - The University of Wisconsin Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (L & E Clinic) provides free legal services to help entrepreneurs realize their potential. The L & E Clinic can help new nonprofits with fiscal sponsorship arrangements, state and federal filings, drafting bylaws and contracts, and early stage governance issues. Application for Service

Lawyer Referral & Information Service of the State Bar of Wisconsin offers free referrals to Wisconsin lawyers for nonprofits who have the ability to hire an attorney to address their legal issues. Attorneys referred through this service agree to charge no more than $20 for the first consultation, up to 30 minutes.