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Books, databases and other sources concerning nonprofit startup, management, fundraising and volunteerism.
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Forms You'll Need

Some Applicable Laws

Cornell University Law School:  U. S. Code

Vernon's Civil Statutes:  Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act



    • Idealist: Nonprofit FAQ
      Lists of frequently asked questions about nonprofits, including startup, management issues, fundraising and regulation.
    • Texas Secretary of State's Nonprofit FAQ
      Includes information about how to reserve a name for your organization, how to change the name, how to form a nonprofit in Texas, how to dissolve one, and reports you must file.

    Other Government Entities to Contact


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    On these pages you'll find links to books, databases and other sources about nonprofit startup, management, fundraising and volunteerism.


    Helpful Books about Nonprofit Startup

    With a San Antonio Public Library card, you can borrow these books.

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    "How to" Websites

    The following web sites provide detailed information about starting a nonprofit organization.

    Local Help

    • San Antonio Nonprofit Council
      an association of health and human service organizations in Bexar County
    • Texas Nonprofits
      News, sample forms, book reviews, articles.
    • Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas
      Offers fee-based classes in nonprofit startup, management, fundraising, grantsmanship, volunteerism, boards, and more.
    • University of Texas-San Antonio
      Downtown library has a nonprofit collection. Please note: if you're not a UTSA student or staff member, you'll need to purchase a borrower's card in order to check out materials.
    • Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
      "We help local nonprofits:
      Manage and lead more effectively.
      Collaborate and exchange solutions.
      Save money through group buying opportunities.
      Engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector.
      Achieve greater impact in their

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    We can borrow books, journal articles, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, dissertations--all kinds of materials--from libraries in other cities, through our Interlibrary Loan unit. 

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    Sample Mission Statements

    Your mission statement tells the world why your organization exits.  It should guide you in all your decisions.

    Articles of Incorporation

    One of the toughest steps in starting a nonprofit may be the writing of the organization's articles of incorporation.  Here are some websites with sample documents.


    Another tough step is to write bylaws.  Here are some samples.


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