Individuals working to make our community a better place often come to us with similar questions–how to get started, grow, and connect with others with the same goals. The resources on this page have been prepared to point you in the right direction.

Starting a Nonprofit

Passion for creating positive changes in our community is powerful. But the process for transforming that idea into an organization can be complicated. It takes time, planning and knowledge of federal regulations, as well as nonprofit best practices. Together with the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM), we have compiled a list of considerations to help you through the process of potentially starting a nonprofit organization.

Nonprofit Startup Considerations

Ensuring Sustainability

NAM’s Guidelines and Principles:

  1. Provide nonprofit organizations with state-specific tools for evaluating regulatory compliance, enhancing strategic planning and refining operation evaluation.
  2. Support the growth and quality of the nonprofit sector.
  3. Increase public understanding of the role and contributions of the charitable nonprofit sector in Nebraska and Iowa.


Your organization is doing great work within the community, but you need more resources to continue your work and make a greater impact. We often find that the number one thing that nonprofits need is fundraising knowledge and assistance. To help get you started, we have created an extensive list of fundraising resources for you to draw upon in your fundraising efforts.

Fundraising Resources

Program Connect

Program Connect is an e-newsletter to let you know about grant opportunities, training events, community activities and other information of interest to nonprofit organizations. The Omaha Community Foundation does not segregate Program Connect emails into categories. If you sign up, you will receive e-mails as they relate to all of the areas noted above.

Sign up to receive Program Connect

Other Resources

  • Let’s Build Nebraska:¬†¬†Increases the capacity, skills and abilities of volunteers and nonprofit staff serving to strengthen our state.
  • The online home to FIND and APPLY for federal grants.
  • Internal Revenue Service 990 Filing: Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances. [Source: Guidestar]
  • Find information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.
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