Resources - Starting a Group

Board Member Position Description

Sample board member position description from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, http://refugefriendsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Board-Member-Position-Description-1.doc

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Board Officer Position Descriptions

Sample board officer position description from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, http://refugefriendsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ONWRA-board-officer-position-descriptions.doc

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Checklist and Resources for Starting a Nonprofit

This checklist is provided by National Wildlife Refuge Association and intended only as guidance for starting your nonprofit.

2-page, PDF, 82 KB

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Defining Mission and Vision - Webinar

Defining what your organization purpose and how you achieve it is critical to your success. This one-hour webinar helps you create your mission and vision statements.

 

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Electing the 501(h) Expenditure Test

2-page PDF from Alliance for Justice on the process for electing the 501(h) expenditure test

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How to Write a Mission Statement

Does your missions statement accurately reflect why your organization exist and what you want to achieve?

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IRS 501(c)(3) Exemption Requirements

Link to IRS site describing requirements for a 501(c)(3). 

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Sample 1023 Attachment

Sample attachment for form 1023 for a 501(c)(3) corporation from BolderAdvocacy.

5-page, PDF, 844 KB

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Sample 1023 Form

Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

28-page, PDF, 844 KB

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Sample 501(c)(3) Articles of Incorporation

Sample Articles of Incorporation from BolderAdvocacy.

3-page, PDF, 131 KB

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Sample Conflict of Interest Policy

Sample Conflict of Interest Policy.

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Sample Friends Group Bylaws

Sample bylaws provided by Friends organizations:

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, http://refugefriendsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Ottawa-Bylaws-adopted-by-board-6.4.doc

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, http://refugefriendsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Approved-Bylaws-12-03-FOR.doc

The Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 and 8, http://refugefriendsconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FOR78-BYLAWS-March-8-2016.docx

 

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Sample Generic Bylaws

Sample bylaws from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The bylaws are intended as only a model for nonprofits with membership.

4-page, PDF, 23.1 KB

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Taking Flight

The COMPLETE guide to starting and sustaining a Friends Group!

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The Benefits of Obtainging 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption
Overview of the benefits that 501(c)(3) organizations enjoy as well as a brief description of the overview process.
 
1-page fact sheet from BolderAdvocacy, 135 KB
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Washington Nonprofit Handbook

Comprehensive guide to starting and maintaining a nonprofit in Washington state.

http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/charities/Washington%20Nonprofit%20Handbook.pdf

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