“If it can't be done with integrity...it shouldn't be done.”

~Jerry Heikens



Here are a few of the fundamental questions that you should be asking yourself as you are reading this:

  1. Why do I want to start a nonprofit?
  2. What is my mission?
  3. Is this already being done?
  4. How am I going to fund my nonprofit?
  5. Who can I trust to support me?

Here are some of the things you need to have in place when starting your passion project:

  • Articles of Organization (Corporation Approval)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Board of Directors established
  • 1023 IRS Application Form
    • Organization Activities Narrative
    • Organization Bylaws
    • Three Year Budget Projection
    • Conflict of Interest Policy
    • Code of Ethics Policy
    • Whistle Blower Policy
  • $600 Filing Fee ($275 for small organizations)

Philanthropy Educators will guide you through each step of the process when preparing your 1023 application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. This includes helping you craft your mission statement and programs of service.



So, you want to start up a charitable organization?

A big heart and a desire to give back are all you need to make your passion project a reality, providing you heed the right guidance along the way. There are many important questions you need to ask of yourself prior to making the leap into the nonprofit sector. Today there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the US making up more than 5.3% of our GDP. Over the past 20 years, approximately 50% of registered nonprofits are no longer registered with the IRS.

Seeking guidance from someone who has experience and knowledge of the sector is critical in "looking before you leap."

Source: National Center for Charitable Statistics




Your heart can be in the right place, but how can you be assured that you implement the appropriate process of due diligence before making a philanthropic contribution to a charitable organization?

There is a plethora of misinformation that circulates around the internet and in converations as to how charities utilize funds they receive. Confusion can sometimes be a nonprofit's ally when soliciting donations and support. Navigating through that confusion is critical when you have the strong desire to make a difference in your community and the world.


"My father used to say, 'You can spend a lot of time making money. The tough time comes when you have
to give it away properly.' How to give something back, that’s the tough part in life."

~ Lee Iacocca



There are so many fantastic charitable organizations out there. How does one choose which one to support? It depends on a number of different factors:

  • Cause Discovery
    • Personal Passions
    • Past Giving
    • Personal Giving Mission
    • Charitable Goals
  • Nonprofit Assessment
    • Governance & Compliance
    • Board of Directors Analysis
    • Financial
    • Impact and Outcome of Programs
    • Meet with Nonprofits
  • Will donated funds be unrestricted or restricted?
  • Will you require an impact and outcome report on the usage of your donated funds?

Before you open up your checkbook and write out a check, make sure that your donation is going to do what you have intended it to do. This takes careful consideration and follow-through with the organization(s) that you choose to support.



Today, our corporate environment dictates a sense of responsibility to the greater community that they serve. Unfortunately, many small and medium size businesses do not have the time or resources to put into an effevctive community relations strategy.

It is good business practice for companies to put thought and consideration into what social impact they want to make in their community and beyond. This can be implemented by the sharing of your time, talent and/or financial resources to make that impact.

"Purpose puts humanity back into the workplace."

~ Premal Shah - Co-Founder & President of Kiva




Where do you get started in determining how your business will make its social impact?

  • What you do as a business to make a social impact should reflect the mission, vision and values that you share as an organization. Not unlike the list above for establishing Philanthropic Giving, the same vetting process and consideration needs to be given whether your company chooses to support a charitable organization through volunteer hours or financially.
  • Collaboration and connecting with other businesses who have similar social impact goals and with the nonprofit sector can be beneficial in making your efforts more rewarding and fruitful. Making connections is something that we pride ourselves on!
  • A questionaire and survey to establish how the stakeholders of your business view the social impact that your company desires to make is a helpful tool that is used to assist in this process.
  • Once a commitment is made and implemented, Philanthropy Educators assists with a press release that reflects the social impact that your business is making in the community.

This service can be offered on a one-time basis or setup as an annual and ongoing service for your business..

Examples of organizations we have assisted with startup


Miracles for Heroes

Miracles for Heroes believes that each and every Veteran and all military personnel should be afforded the opportunity to integrate back into society to become prosperous and productive human beings.



Because of this, Miracles for Heroes seeks to support all Veterans and enlisted service men and women through our programs that offer important appreciation, support and outreach services.

To fulfill our mission Miracles for Heroes will:

• Offer free concerts to Veterans and enlisted service men and women and their families

• Connect Veterans to Virtual-Health Curriculum that offers therapeutic support and immediate access to medical and mental health care

• Provide outreach services to connect Veterans and current military service men and women to opportunities in the job market

• Connect Veterans to affordable housing opportunities


Recycle for Jobs

Recycle for Jobs believes that our environment needs to be protected. In doing so, they create jobs for members of our community that need a "hand up."



Recycle for Jobs fulfills that mission by picking up recyclables from businesses, nonprofits, schools and universities at no expense to the organization. A workforce will be developed through partnering with referring nonprofit agencies that serve the unemployed and financially stressed in our community. This keeps our landfills free of unecessary waste and provides jobs for those in need.


EVOlution Foundation

EVOlution Foundation believes that as the sole provider in many Latin American homes, women and their children suffer from the social and economical challenges that cause serious stress and threaten healthy functioning and self-reliance. n

EVOlution Foundation is dedicated to providing women and children with an empowering educational foundation to inspire change in their lives and instill hope and positive change in their community.

EVOlution Foundation creates an environment of hope that fosters self-esteem, creativity, life skills and community awareness through a variety of educational programs.