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Top 5 Posts on Non-Profit Organization

Whether you are season non-profit professional or you are a budding social entrepreneur contemplating your first venture, you may find yourself thirsty for knowledge about all things non-profit. 

Over the past few months, we have been posting about various aspects of non-profit organization.  Here is a rundown of our top 5 posts...

1. 5 Types of 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organizations - This post hit a chord with readers.  Included is a rundown of 5 garden-variety non-profit categories that fall under the 501(c)3 umbrella.  Take a look to get an idea of the similarities and differences of the various types.

2. Pros and Cons of Non-Profit 501(c)3 Incorporation - Another popular pick among the Free Enterprising audience, this post provides "gateway" information--to help an individual with an idea assess whether they should incorporate as a non-profit or as a for-profit entity.  It also has a few questions you can pose to yourself or team of amped organizers to help you decide.

3. Start a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit in 5 Steps - Continuing where the previous item left off, this is a follow-up for a wannabe non-profiteer as they consider how to navigate the waters to form their non-profit organization.  It contains specific IRS Form sections so you can save time by cutting to the chase. 

4. 5 Things Non-Profits Should Know About Planned Giving - This post makes the list because of the prevalence of its subject in non-profit circles.  Planned giving can be a meaningful and sustainable way for a 501(c) organization to raise funding.  And though it requires some back-end investment--such as professional legal and tax guidance--the long-term benefits can make a great impact.  The "Related Resources" will also spin you off in a few interesting directions.

5. What is a 501(c)(4) Non Profit Organization? - That's right 501(c) isn't the only non-profit on the block.  This post provides a little background on this relative of the classic 501(c) non-profit.  What are examples of 501(c)4 orgs? Think AARP and NAACP.

Overall we have just scratched the surface on topics on non-profit organizations.  So take a look at these posts and keep checking back to find out more.

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