Management in the Not for Profit Organization

Dedicated to Exploring the Philosophies and Techniques of Management in the Non-Profit Sector

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a non-profit organization?
A: In the U.S., the term non-profit usually refers to an organization that does not distribute profits to shareholders or private owners, and falls under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.  Neither nor its staff are qualified to provide tax or legal advice, and the information provided here should not be considered as such.  Moreover, criteria for non-profit status might vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Therefore, it is recommended that definitive information regarding non-profit status be obtained from a qualified attorney or accountant in the relevant locale.

Q: What is the difference between the terms non-profit and not-for-profit?
A: This site uses the words/phrases non-profit, nonprofit, not-for-profit, and not for profit interchangeably.  However, we do agree with the view of the subtle differences in wording as described by The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law on their FAQ page.

Q: How do I start a non-profit organization?
A: Our advice to all who ask is that they should start by acquiring the services of a good attorney or accountant who has experience working with non-profits - preferably both if resources allow it.  Not ready for that yet?  Then you might want to visit the Foundation Center web site.  Their FAQ page about starting a nonprofit organization contains much useful information, including a free webinar series.  We suggest that you go to the Foundation Center home page, then hover your pointer over the words "Get Started" near the top of the page.  You can then go to their FAQ page for info about nonprofit startup, or browse a wealth of other resources.

Q: If I submit an article, what are the chances you'll put it on the site?
A:  If it's well written, cites sources, and is likely (in our judgment) to be useful to managers of non-profits, then the odds are pretty good.  On the other hand, if it appears it might be libelous, is loaded with grammatical errors that make it nearly unreadable, or is just your way of selling something, it probably won't be published on this site.