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Start a Nonprofit

Many people want to create a nonprofit organization to help their community, but there are a few important questions to consider before beginning filing for tax-exempt status. Nonprofit Connect has compiled a step-by-step guide for you to reference when starting a nonprofit in the Kansas City area.

We offer this guide for informational purposes only and encourage you to consult with local legal counsel familiar with tax-exempt law to assist you in ensuring your new nonprofit is compliant with all federal, state, and local requirements.

We recommend browsing the Legal Category of our Business Member Directory.

How to Start a Nonprofit

Important Considerations

Next Steps

Local Resources

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
MWCNL provides a free, 2-hour seminar covering the basic preliminary procedures and legal steps to become a nonprofit organization.

Kansas City Public Library
KCPL provides the Nonprofit Startup Tool Assessment from GrantSpace. Questions assess background knowledge, capital and work experience that are relevant to starting a nonprofit.

Nonprofit Solutions
Nonprofit Solutions provides assistance with legal paperwork and strategic planning.


Sources: Midwest Center for Nonprofit LeadershipNational Council of NonprofitsNonprofit Association of the MidlandsMinnesota Council of Nonprofits

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