Starting a Nonprofit

KY Nonprofit Network specializes in assisting existing nonprofits, however we recommend you visit this website for more information on the requirements of starting a nonprofit. Also, have an attorney or CPA review your application to ensure you are in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations governing the establishment and operations of a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

Anyone can make a contribution to your efforts, but in order for the contribution to be tax-deductible for the donor, you will need to apply for and receive 501( c ) (3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. It is also recommended that you consider working with an existing organization in your community with tax-exempt status to avoid unnecessary duplication of services. Fiscal sponsorship with a community foundation or other nonprofit is also an option to be considered.

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