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You have an idea and a vision to form a nonprofit organization.  Or maybe, you are already operating a nonprofit, but need a better understanding of how to stay in compliance.  There are a number of steps involved in being properly established and in compliance with federal and state laws.  And while the federal process looks mostly the same regardless of where your nonprofit is based, state requirements vary greatly.

The purpose of this state-by-state guide is to show you these steps so that you have a better understanding of what might be required.  This resource is not so much a how-to guide, but rather a what-to-do guide.  We have included links to both relevant state and local web pages, as well as pages from our website that will provide you with additional, important information.

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