Looking to Start a Nonprofit?

We receive numerous calls and inquiries from passionate individuals interesting in starting a nonprofit who do not know where to begin.  Through our many collaborative partnerships, we can provide you assistance. Please review our Legal Compliance Checklist for a thorough overview.

Fundamentals for a New Tax-Exempt Entity 

To form a nonprofit corporate entity, you will need to do the following:

File as a nonprofit corporation with the state of Florida

File for determination of tax-exempt status with the IRS

Follow up regarding important next steps, as applicable 


The document below will point you to nonprofit Management Support Organizations located throughout the state of Florida.  They provide valuable resources, education, and guidance to nonprofits.  Some also provide classes on how to start a nonprofit organization.  Location and contact information are also provided.

Florida Nonprofit Management Support Organizations (2024)