Q. How do I start and fund a nonprofit in Tennessee?


These resources will help whether you're just getting started, or serving as a director of an organization.


Starting & building a nonprofit : a practical guide / Pakroo, Peri, author. 

The law (in plain English) for nonprofit organizations / DuBoff, Leonard D., author.

How to form a nonprofit corporation / Mancuso, Anthony, author.

Best of our online collections

O'Reilly for Public Libraries – books on nonprofit accounting, taxation, etc.

Gale Ebooks – titles on grantseeking, leadership, strategic planning, training

Foundation Directory Online Professional – Access at Lawson McGhee Library only. Search foundations for your nonprofit corporation's fundraising project.

LinkedIn Learning for Library – expert-led courses on Nonprofit Management


Chronicle of Philanthropy – News magazine for nonprofit organizations about grant seeking, fundraising, managing nonprofit groups, and nonprofit jobs. The Lawson McGhee Library keeps the past four years of the magazine.


Council on Foundations – Provides information about research, publications, conferences, and workshops. Links to family, community, and public foundations as well as corporate donors and international grant makers.

Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming (Tennessee Secretary of State) – File an application to register as a charitable organization, or file required reports.

Harbor Compliance: start your Tennessee nonprofit – Contains a "Fast Facts" section outlining the time, money, and paperwork involved.

Nolo.com's steps for nonprofit formation – This Nolo guide outlines the steps to form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in Tennessee.

What Every Board Member and Officer Should Know: A Guidebook for Tennessee Nonprofits – Describes the duties of nonprofit officers and board members and explains issues such as conflict of interest.

  • Last Updated Jul 01, 2021
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  • Answered By Melissa Brenneman

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