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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Non Profit Organization?

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015 10:27AM EDT

A nonprofit organization uses its profit to improve its services, rather than pay dividends to investors. If your organization is registered as a nonprofit, you are eligible for certain programs including grants, government surplus and tax exemptions. We have collected links to programs and services to help nonprofits find the opportunities that are available to them from the federal government.


Grants and Financial Assistance

The following grants and financial assistance are offered to nonprofit organizations.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (Access a database of all federal financial assistance programs available to nonprofits.)
Charity Assistance to Businesses Affected by a Disaster (Obtain tax information for charities that help businesses after a disaster.)
Cost-Principles for Nonprofit Organizations (See the Circular from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that establishes principles for determining costs of grants, contracts and other agreements with nonprofit organizations.)
Federal Grants (Find a comprehensive database of federal grant opportunities.)
Use the Loans and Grants Search Tool to get a full list of programs for which you might qualify.


Tax Information

This tax information will help you get your nonprofit registered by providing you with the forms you will need to fill out based on the relevance to your business.
Tax Information for Nonprofits and Charities (Gives a starting point for finding all federal tax forms and information.)
Tax Forms for Nonprofit/Exempt Organizations (Links to tax forms relevant to nonprofits and other tax exempt organizations.)
Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations (Explains tax requirements on income from business activities conducted that are unrelated to an exempt organization's purpose.)
Tax-Exempt Status of Your Organization (Discusses the rules and procedures for organizations that seek recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.)


Government Sales and Surplus

A great way to save on start-up costs is by purchasing surplus goods from the government. Just about anything you can think of that your business might need is sold by the government at or below cost or fair market value, from computers and cars to gently used medical equipment. These resources can help you find what you need.
Computers for Learning: Excess Federal Equipment for Nonprofits (Matches the computer needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with excess equipment in federal agencies.)
Federal Real Property for Nonprofits (Provides eligible public institutions and nonprofit organizations with information to acquire surplus property that the federal government no longer needs.)
GovSales (Offers a catalog of surplus items and real estate for sale by the federal government. Find what you need for your small business in one place, such as cars, commercial real estate, furniture, computers and office equipment.)


Programs and Services

Below are programs that were designed to assist nonprofits.
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Participation (Provides information for charities interested in participating in the federal government's annual workplace charity campaigns.)
Department of Labor Resources for Nonprofits (Gives a shortcut to information and services the U.S. Department of Labor offers to nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations.)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resources for Nonprofit Organizations (Offers a gateway to EPA programs and services relevant to nonprofits, including grant opportunities.)


Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
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