Nonprofit FAQ’s

General Questions

How do you start a nonprofit corporation?
Where can I find a list of all the nonprofits in the US?
How do I know whether a certain nonprofit is registered and tax-exempt?
Is there a way to search for charitable nonprofits by mission?
Is there a difference between a 'nonprofit' and an 'NGO'?

Questions about Donations

What are the requirements for acknowledging charitable contributions?
What should the gift acknowledgement include?
How do I decide what nonprofit to donate to?
How do I ensure my donation is spent on the nonprofit’s mission, not overhead?
How does a donor restrict a gift?
How do I ensure my donation isn't being used for ads for or against political candidates?
What are the requirements for acknowledging charitable contributions?
What should the gift acknowledgement include?

Financials

What financial information is available about individual nonprofits?
Are there salary surveys/compensation reports for nonprofits?
How much should a nonprofit spend on overhead?
What is an acceptable amount for a nonprofit to pay its CEO/Executive Director?

Ethics and Oversight

What’s the best way to determine whether a nonprofit is a legitimate charity?
I have a concern about a nonprofit that I think is doing something wrong. Who can I report this to?
There is someone posing as a charitable organization that I don’t think is a legitimate charity. What should I do?

Miscellaneous FAQs

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Does our nonprofit have to file anything annually? What is a Form 990?
Can our nonprofit vote using email?
Where can we obtain insurance for our nonprofit?
How can we obtain a new copy of our nonprofit’s determination letter?
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Can a nonprofit fundraise before it has tax-exempt status?
What are the steps to take to close a nonprofit?
How do I join the National Council of Nonprofits?