A non-profit corporation benefits its members and the public rather than private individuals. Starting a non-profit business requires good planning and an understanding of important non-profit basics. This multi-step process can feel overwhelming when you’re on your own, but we’ll try to make it easier to stay organized and on track. We encourage you to review the non-profit basics below before using the Business Assistant.
Starting a non-profit corporation takes preparation. In addition to writing a great business plan, there are important legal requirements to consider.
Learn how to plan for your non-profit’s success.
First impressions matter. Your name should be unique, simple and unforgettable.
Check to see if your name is available and learn how to protect it.
There are two possible business structures available for non-profit organizations in Rhode Island.
It is important for you to have a clear understanding of the basic fees associated with starting and maintaining your non-profit.
Some non-profit activities require additional licensing or permits. For example, if you are opening a soup kitchen, an animal shelter, or a retail shop, you may need a special permit.
Are you planning to hire employees? As an employer, you need to know all the labor regulations and payroll taxes required at the local, state, and federal levels.
Each city or town has zoning laws defining where and what type of business you can legally operate. Your non-profit corporation may be subject to these laws.