Resources to Grow Your Nonprofit:
Lawyers Clearing House (https://lawyersclearinghouse.org/for-nonprofits/): Connects Massachusetts nonprofits with pro bono lawyers and hosts workshops that are great for newer nonprofits looking for legal guidance or consultations.
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (http://massnonprofitnet.org/nonprofit-resources/starting-a-nonprofit/): Provides tips and a set of steps for starting a nonprofit as well as a list of resources across the sector from pros.
Harbor Compliance (https://www.harborcompliance.com/information/how-to-start-a-non-profit-organization-in-massachusetts): Provides a Nonprofit Startup Guide with basic steps for starting a nonprofit in Massachusetts. They also provide an overview of the paperwork, cost and time involved in starting a Massachusetts-based nonprofit. For a fee, you can have one of their specialists take on the paperwork.
Fiscal Sponsorship: If you are not yet recognized as tax exempt or are not quite ready to take on all the things required to start a 501(c)(3) and would rather outsource some of the back office stuff, you can have your organization fiscally sponsored. Fiscalsponsordirectory.org (https://fiscalsponsordirectory.org/) explains what a fiscal sponsorship is and contains a national directory of fiscal sponsors.
When Searching for a Grant Writer…
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Business Directory (http://massnonprofitnet.org/professional-directory)
New England Nonprofit Consultant Directory (http://www.neconsultant.org/): “A consultant directory that helps assist nonprofits in their search for consultants for their projects.”
Nonprofit Consultants Network (http://nonprofitconsultantsnetwork.org/): “NCN is a Greater Boston-based forum for independent consultants and capacity builders who work with nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector. We serve the community as a resource by providing access to professionals dedicated to high-quality, ethical service, and by offering programs of significance to the nonprofit community.”
Philanthropy Massachusetts’ Job Board (https://www.philanthropyma.org/jobs)(photo credit: searchinfluence.com)