Starting & Building a Nonprofit
5th Edition
Author: Peri Pakroo, J.D.
Price: $20.99


Start a nonprofit and keep it running with this practical guide
Rescue a school library. Preserve an endangered species. Support the arts. Whatever it is you want to do to give back to your community, Starting & Building a Nonprofit provides the kick start you need.

Filled with user-friendly information, practical advice and step-by-step instructions, this book is your guide through the process of getting a nonprofit up and running. Learn how to:

pick the perfect name for your organization
structure a nonprofit to achieve your goals
choose and obtain a federal tax-exempt status
create a mission statement
develop a strategic plan and initial budget
launch a successful fundraising plan
recruit and manage board members and volunteers
hire and train staff
obtain necessary insurance
market your organization
create a winning website
keep your nonprofit running
Starting & Building a Nonprofit goes beyond paperwork -- it addresses the big picture, showing you how to create a solvent, efficient organization that will make a real difference. And the newly revised 4th edition has an updated chapter on building a website for your nonprofit, and updated forms and checklists to help you stay organized.

Are you a California resident? Check out How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California.
“Offers tons of practical advice and step-by-step instructions...”

-Accounting Today

“Describes the steps required to start and run a nonprofit organization...”

-Chronicle Philanthropy

“Offers practical advice to allow nonprofits to set up their operations so that they run smoothly and efficiently...”

-Deborah Brady Hamilton, Former Director, Member Services, Association of Small Foundation

Author Biography

Peri Pakroo is a business and communications consultant, specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for 20 years. She owns and runs P-Brain media (, a strategic consulting and communications firm that develops information-rich media for web, print, video and other formats. Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995. She is the author of The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Small Business Start-Up Kit (national and California editions) and Starting & Building a Nonprofit (all from Nolo) and has been featured in numerous national publications including Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Investors Business Daily, and BusinessWeek. Peri teaches adult education courses at WESST ( in Albuquerque, a nonprofit whose mission is to facilitate entrepreneurship among women and minorities in the state of New Mexico. She is active in supporting local, independent businesses and is co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. Visit Peri's blog at

Table of Contents

1. Naming and Structuring Your Nonprofit 2. Developing Your Strategic Plan 3. Developing Your Initial Budget 4. Your Board of Directors 5. Your Workforce: Staff and Volunteers 6. Fundraising 7. Risk Management and Insurance 8. Understanding Contracts and Agreements 9. Marketing Your Nonprofit 10. Publishing Informational Materials 11. Creating a Website That Serves Your Nonprofit Mission 12. Managing Your Finances 13. Getting Professional Help Appendixes A. How to Use the CD-ROM B. State Secretary of State or Other Corporate Filing Offices C. State Charitable Solicitation Registration Offices D. State Tax Agencies E. State Sales Tax or Seller’s Permit Agencies F. Checklists and Forms

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