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"Your Nonprofit Success Awaits! The Essential Reference Guide for All Aspects of Starting & Running a Nonprofit"

From the seed of an idea about starting a new nonprofit to running a successful charitable organization, this book takes you step by step through the process.

It will help you, the nonprofit founder, sort out the necessary steps and the order to do them in for the quickest, easiest setup, so you can start running your programs and collecting the tax-deductible donations. The book also explains what a nonprofit is and whether or not you should start one, offering other options for your passion project that may be a better fit.

There is plenty of help and guidance for those board members, executive directors, and others who are working in an already-existing nonprofit. The book offers examples of important policies and procedures and can help you grow your organization.

Topics Include:

What Is a Nonprofit?

Should You Start a New Nonprofit?

Alternatives: Fiscal Sponsor, Partnering, Donor-Directed Fund, B Corp, LLC

Business Plan

Naming Your Organization

Considerations for a Nonprofit Founder

Forming the Right Board

Nonstock Charter, Incorporating, EIN Number

Applying for IRS 501(c)(3) Status

Domain Name

Succession Planning for Founder, Board Members, and the Organization

Ethical Culture


Board Training, Meetings, and Minutes

Mission & Vision Statements

Strategic Planning


Measuring Impact

Safety & Crisis Planning

Finances: Checks and Balances, Budget, Funding, Donation Acceptance Policy

Fundraisers: Events, Annual Campaign, Capital Campaign

Grants and Government Contracts

Evolving and Sustainability

10 Must-Haves for a Successful Nonprofit

What Readers Are Saying:

"You will want to buy this book today and for future reference as you establish, sustain, and grow your nonprofit organization, team, and footprint. It is an amazing resource designed to provide you with the tools to help guide you regardless of where you might be in your nonprofit journey.”

– Karla Lodholz, Director of Member Relations & Resource Development at Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

“Michele's book encourages the reader to consider the commitment founding and running a nonprofit requires. She provides step-by-step guidance on the hows and whys for everything in a way that is approachable and easy to digest.”

– Stephanie Cory, Nonprofit Consultant/Facilitator/Trainer

"Michele Whetzel’s So you want to start a Nonprofit…Now What? offers a wealth of information. It is a must-read for the average volunteer as well as the motivated volunteer who is thinking about starting a new nonprofit. Michele provides a clear roadmap to follow to avoid the pitfalls associated with the complex process of starting and operating a nonprofit organization.

"I think this book is well thought out, well written, and draws upon many strong sources to support the content. It will lead anyone thinking of starting a non-profit down the path to success."

– Ann Marinangeli, Vice President/IT Project Manager at JPMorgan Chase

“This book is a gold mine of information for anyone thinking about getting involved with non-profit leadership – whether as a founder, board member, or executive director/CEO. [The] book pulls it all together for anyone wanting to see what it takes to make a non-profit organization work and is an A-Z toolkit for non-profit leadership and governance.

"There is a collection of excellent lessons and learnings here – starting from the trials and tribulations of start-ups, moving to the sweat of in-the-trenches volunteerism, and arriving in the boardroom and what it takes to manage the mission at its highest levels. As a result of reading this book, you may actually decide not to start your own non-profit! You may decide it’s best for you to lend your time, talent, and resources to help an existing non-profit organization take its next steps toward more fully achieving its mission and purpose. This book pulls together what you will need to know to do it!”

– Thomas W. Smith, Corporate Finance Professional and Experienced Board Officer

View Michele's Book Interviews with Kami Grayson & Steve Harrison:

(Additional interviews available to view on YouTube channel - see link below)

Bestseller Press Release:

So, You Want to Start a Nonprofit, Now What? reached #1 in 3 categories within a week of its official launch. The three Amazon categories:

Nonprofit Marketing & Communication, Nonprofit Fundraising & Grants, and Business Aspects.

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