The biggest advice I can give is to get in touch with TACS (www.tacs.org) and SCORE (www.score.org) both are great resources for information on starting a non-profit. The other thing...make sure you do things by the book. Someone from this site once helped me understand the truths behind starting a non-profit and what is required of us in society. We are held to a bit higher standard and it is VERY easy to slip up in the non-profit world. It is amazing how the tiny things are scrutinized sooooooooo much harder with non-profits...just make sure you have all your i`s dotted and t`s crossed! And please feel free to drop me a line if I can help in anyway! A lot of other non-profits have helped me get to where I am...so I am more than happy to pass on that support to others!
I don`t know if this would be of any help but in Ann Arbor, MI we have a non-profit resource organization: http://www.new.org/
They might have articles and information which can address non-profit questions.
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Most consumers are not wasting money on the usual candy, cookies, wrapping paper and greeting cards which have been the mainstay in fundraisers for years. Then you have the more labor intensive fundraisers like a bake sales, car wash or crafts sale. I have researched them all over the years, and an even greater problem is finding volunteers. Since most people do not like to sell, fundraisers are hurting in this recession.
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