Resources - Starting a Group

Board Member Position Description

Sample board member position description from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association,

Board Officer Position Descriptions

Sample board officer position description from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association,

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

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.


Electing the 501(h) Expenditure Test

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

How to Write a Mission Statement

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

IRS 501(c)(3) Exemption Requirements

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

Sample 1023 Attachment

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

5-page, PDF, 844 KB

Sample 1023 Form

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

28-page, PDF, 844 KB

Sample 501(c)(3) Articles of Incorporation

Sample Articles of Incorporation from BolderAdvocacy.

3-page, PDF, 131 KB

Sample Conflict of Interest Policy

Sample Conflict of Interest Policy.

Sample Friends Group Bylaws

Sample bylaws provided by Friends organizations:

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association,

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge,

The Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 and 8,


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

Taking Flight

The COMPLETE guide to starting and sustaining a Friends Group!

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
Washington Nonprofit Handbook

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

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