The first Steps in Creating a Nonprofit Organization


Have you always had the dream of creating a nonprofit organization for a cause you feel very passionate about? In order to achieve your dreams successfully we recommend you first talk to an attorney at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Utah County. We can put you on the path to success and get your nonprofit organization set up correctly. Listed below are the first steps you need to take in order to create a nonprofit organization.


Step 1: Do your Research

Before you start a nonprofit you will need to do some extensive research in relation to the type of nonprofit you are wanting to set up. You should ask yourself the following questions;

·       Is there a demonstrated need in the community for a new nonprofit with the mission we envision?

·       Do we have a solid plan for financing the organization during start-up and in the future? What are the costs to start the organization?

·       Where will I get not only start-up funding, but also operational funding to continue thereafter?

·       How will this newly formed nonprofit demonstrate its impact?

·       Is this the right solution for our community?

These questions need to be answered and researched thoroughly before you can go forward in creating a successful nonprofit organization.


Step 2: Build a Strong Foundation

After you have completed the research you will want to make sure you are building a strong foundation for your nonprofit to start from. You can do this by sitting down and making sure you have every aspect of the business taken care of. When creating your to-do list you need to determine who will be involved, what you need to do, when you need to file paperwork, where you can get assistance, why this nonprofit is the only way to accomplish your goal, and how you are going to sustain this organization.


Step 3: Meet with your Attorney

The next step to creating your nonprofit is where the help of an attorney from Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Utah County comes in. The steps we can help you with are as follows:

·       Reserve/register intended name of the nonprofit corporation to make sure that no one else has created a nonprofit of the same name.

·       File Articles of Incorporation (called a "certificate of incorporation" in some states.) Some states require supplemental information, such as:

·       Create a Certificate of Disclosure

·       Proof of Corporate Name

·       In many states you must publish your of articles of incorporation a certain number of times in a local newspaper, then file proof of publication with a state agency.

·       Prepare and adopt bylaws

·       Prepare and adopt a conflict of interests policy


Call or stop by our office today to get the process of starting your nonprofit organization going. Check out our website for more information.

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Judge Jackson was the senior attorney in a Richfield law firm for eighteen years.  The firm engaged in legal, business and tax cases, including practice before State and Federal Courts, U.S. Board of Land Appeals, Utah Public Service Commission and Arizona Corporation Commission.  Clients included counties, cities, banks department stores, communications and credit associations, irrigation companies, auto dealers, building supply stores, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. They took “every type of case that came through the door,” from criminal defense work to a patent royalty dispute for the inventor of the Frisbee. Judge Jackson has been a lifetime rancher doing business in Utah as Jackson Cattle Company and Arizona as EJ Cattle Ranches.
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