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Nonprofit Research @ Pitt: Getting Started

This guide supports those doing research related to nonprofits and strategic management in the public sector.

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Steps for Starting a Nonprofit in PA

If you’re looking to start a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization, this guide from Harbor Business Compliance will help you file formation documents, get set up for taxes, and obtain authority to solicit donations.

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What is a nonprofit?

A group, organization, institution or corporation formed to provide goods and/or services for a charitable, educational, religious, literary or scientific purpose. Nonprofits' assets are usually donated by companies, foundations or individuals who do not expect to be repaid. These contributions are tax deductible.

If a nonprofit meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service's Code, section 501(c)(3), it can obtain tax-exempt status, and does not pay federal or state income taxes.

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What do nonprofits do?

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