LawForChange: Start-Up Kit

This resource provides a list of issues and steps that social sector organizations should consider before launching a new venture, including how to:
  • Determine the best organizational structure for your venture
  • Incorporate your venture
  • Choose a business name and search for availability
  • Select and recruit Board members to support your venture
  • Draft articles of incorporation, bylaws, operating agreements and board policies
  • Apply for an Employer Identification Number and file for federal tax exemption
  • Recruit staff and prepare employment agreements, a personnel manual, and a system to comply with maintaining records
  • Develop good governance and accountability measures
  • Protect your intellectual property, and more.
This list is not a substitute for professional legal counsel and is by no means exhaustive. While it is possible to complete many of the steps independently, LawForChange advises you to consult a lawyer throughout the process to ensure a solid foundation for your organization.
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Great resource!


Comprehensive check list with additional links related to each step.