The organizations and media outlets below provide helpful information, resources and support for the nonprofit sector.

Information on Nonprofits Resources

Start-up Guides

Provides a quick lists of helpful links for starting a nonprofit in New York state, as well as the NYCON publication "Fundamental Steps Toward Incorporating a Nonprofit", which explains the initial legal steps of incorporation.

A checklist of steps to forming a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in New York state, including legal documentation, tax considerations, and office management.

State Regulation/Oversight

Nonprofit corporations in New York are formed by filing articles of incorporation with the Department of State.

Information on sales tax exemptions for qualifying organizations in New York.

Information on exemptions from the New York State Corporation franchise tax for qualifying nonprofit organizations.

All charitable organizations operating in New York State are required by law to register and file annual financial reports with the Attorney General's Office.

Nonprofit Associations

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a professional association of individuals and organizations whose mission is improve the management and governance capacity of nonprofits. Its web site includes information about resources available to not-for-profit organizations.

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is the best resource for New York State´s Nonprofits! NYCON works to build the capacity of nonprofits and communities to enhance the quality of life in New York State.

The Association of Nonprofit Specialists is a network of organizations, independent consultants, and other specialists providing management assistance to nonprofits.  Many affiliated consultants are based in the greater New York area, and our network also provides services throughout the United States and internationally. For over 20 years, volunteers have organized networking and educational events aimed at professional development and a stronger nonprofit sector. The Association of Nonprofit Specialists is a 501(c) (3) educational organization

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc., (NPCC) is the voice and information source for New York nonprofits. Space wanted/space available ads are solely for 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations with office space available, those seeking office space, or those with meeting or conference space for rent in the New York City area.

Legal Resources

VLA offers legal services for existing arts nonprofit organizations as well as specialized services for organizations in their start-up phase, helping them to establish nonprofit corporations and to apply for tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A list of organizations that provide legal assistance to individuals and organizations in New York.

Lawyers Alliance offers several resources to help nonprofits understand legal and regulatory issues, reduce the risk of liability, and be accountable, including publications, workshops, and referral services.

The Community Development Project (CDP) provides support for three client groups: low-income not-for-profit organizations, low-income entrepreneurs, and low-income housing cooperatives.

The organization's Community Development Project (CDP) provides legal, technical, research, and policy assistance to grassroots community groups.

The Public Service Network, a program offered through the City Bar Justice Center, matches attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profit sector.

Created by Columbia Law School and The Legal Aid Society, this guide provides detailed guidance on tax and legal compliance issues for New York nonprofit organizations.

Our mission is to advance equality and civil rights, with a focus on health justice, disability rights and environmental justice, through the power of community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar.

Links to information on legal topics relevant to New York nonprofit organizations.

Management/Technical Assistance Providers

BoardAssist offers services in nonprofit board placement, board matching, board service, and board recruiting for organizations in New York City and the greater NYC area.

The Citizens Committee helps New Yorkers - especially those in low-income areas - come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The Stakeholders is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that people are key to the sustainability of New York's Capital Region. The organization seeks to retain and attract residents through programs that focus on education, capacity building, and philanthropy.

The New York Nonprofit Press is distributed monthly to over 50,000 key staff in more than 4,000 nonprofit human service agencies through-out the New York metropolitan area. The publication includes funding opportunities, job listings, guidance on nonprofit management and fundraising, and other items of interest to area nonprofits.

NPower helps other nonprofits use technology to better serve their communities. NPower offers a variety of technology-related services to area nonprofits, including technology assessments and planning, database management, technology training classes, print and electronic technology resource libraries, and short-term technology project assistance. NPower's Tech Surveyor enables an organization to assess hardware, software, and staff technology skills. TechAtlas is a step-by-step Web-based planning tool that nonprofits can use to assess their current technology use and to receive recommendations on how to better implement technology to achieve their mission.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) provides loans, workshops, and planning assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive as businesses while honoring their mission.

Community Resource Exchange (CRE) is a nonprofit management consulting firm that makes New York City's nonprofit organizations stronger and more effective in fighting poverty and advancing social justice.

Cause Effective provides consulting services for nonprofits in three major areas: board development, special events, and fundraising. It offers individual consultation and assessment, as well as workshops and other training.

The Support Center provides management training and consulting, disseminates information and practical resources to the sector, and works to build strategic alliances.

A project of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, the NonProfit HelpDesk (NPHD) was created to provide technical assistance to nonprofit organizations throughout New York City.

A United Way of New York City initiative, BoardServeNYC provides a free service to nonprofits by matching New York City organizations with prospective board members.

The Volunteer Consulting Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit boards of directors. The organization works as a consultant to nonprofits on issues of board structure, governance, and succession.

New York Cares connects New Yorkers to volunteer opportunities. It helps bring volunteer support to over 850 nonprofit organizations, public schools, and other organizations in the City.

NESC combines top-quality consultants and affordable fees to provide a broad array of consulting services to the nonprofit community in the tristate region.

The Association of Nonprofit Specialists is a network of organizations, consultants, and other specialists providing assistance to nonprofits.

ESCOT provides consulting services to not-for-profit organizations, governmental units and educational institutions in the greater Capital District.

Urban's mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.  Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research.

Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector.

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

Provides information about nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.

Media Resources

Websites that routinely offer updates and insights into the world of nonprofits and keep up to date records of social and legal changes.