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Below are the Resources that can help you or your organization progress. Feel free to use any of these resources and if you know of ones that are not on this list please send us an Email



For Everyone

Minnesota Secretary of State

For questions regarding Nonprofit Corporations and Forms such as Articles of Incorporation, filing fees, change of name and address, annual nonprofit corporate filing, registered agents, certificate of assumed name, reinstatement after a nonprofit corporation has been statutorily dissolved, international student exchange organizations registration and dissolving a nonprofit corporation.

Internal Revenue Service 

For questions regarding Federal Tax Information such as federal tax forms and instructions, exempt organization hotline, searching Publication 78 for Exempt Organizations, lifecycle of a nonprofit organization, status of any changes to the IRS Form 990, Employer Identification Number "EIN" Form SS-4 and application for Recognition of exempt Status (Form 1023).

Minnesota State Arts Board 

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.

Perpich Center for Arts Education

The Perpich Center for Arts Education strengthens the arts education community, and improves access to high quality arts experiences to students statewide.

Resources for Arts Educators.

Association for Visual Arts

AVA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to connect the visual arts and the community-at-large by providing resources for those who make art (whether professional artists, emerging artists, students or non-artists) and fostering connections among art-makers and audiences.


QuitDay advocates for artists by raising awareness on the impact of smoking in a community and provides relevant information for those trying to kick the habit and regain control of a healthy lifestyle.

Springboard for the Arts 

Springboard provides consulting services for artists and arts organizations. Springboard periodically holds seminars and workshops covering subjects such as grant writing, starting a nonprofit organization, financial management and fundraising. It also has a loan program for artists.

Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation website provides tools to help the foundation better connect with its partners and the communities they serve, including a blog where others can join the discussion,Stories about the work of their partners and fellows, Timely updates about news, opportunities, events, resources and media coverage plus new ways to interact with the Foundation via Twitter,Facebook and RSS.

Southeast Minnesota Arts Council 

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc., a non-profit organization designated by the Minnesota State Legislature and governed by a volunteer board with representatives from each of the eleven counties in its region, exists to encourage, promote, and assist regional arts development by granting funds to non-profit arts organizations, individual artists, and educational institutions, providing information/access to the funds through outreach, advocacy, mentoring, and technical assistance, evaluating/assessing the effectiveness of funded grants and seeking to ensure a fair distribution of funds.SEMAC includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.

McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation’s arts grantmaking is focused on working artists and the organizations that help them advance artistically and professionally. Artists are at the core of cultural and economic development as it relates to communities and the McKnight Foundation uses a Theory of Change model to inform their decision-making.

For Non-Profits

Nonprofit Mailing Permits and Postage Information

For questions regarding nonprofit permit information.

Minnesota Department of Revenue

For questions regarding forms, income tax exemption, sales tax information , withholding tax information , and unrelated business income tax .

Unemployment Insurance Minnesota

For questions regarding employer liability and rate information.

Minnesota Gambling Control Board 

For questions regarding charitable gambling (Bingo, Pull tabs, and Raffles) such as licenses, legal requirements, complaints and lawful gambling forms.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management (Washington, D.C.)

The Alliance provides answers to frequently asked questions on board development, strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, risk management and credit card acceptance.

Center for Nonprofit Management (Minneapolis) 

The Center offers seminars, training programs and consultation on subjects such as board governance, fundraising, and a variety of management topics.

Discover Business

The company provides business tools and guides, including how to write a business plan, to help startups with all aspects of growth. The business tools and guides are available online at no cost.

Fieldstone Alliance  (St.Paul) 

Fieldstone Alliance offers consulting, publishing training, network development, demonstration projects and capacity building for nonprofits and their communities.

Free Management Library 

The Free Management Library, operated by Authenticity Consulting, is an online management library with comprehensive resources and links to materials on leadership and management of organizations. Topics include the best practices to start, develop, operate, evaluate and resolve problems in nonprofit organizations.

MAP for Nonprofits Management Assistance Program (St. Paul)

MAP is a management support organization for nonprofits. Services include technical assistance, board training, accounting assistance, financial management, nonprofit start-up advice and workshops. MAP also offers a variety of e-mail newsletters and discussion groups for staff and volunteers.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 

MCN works to inform, promote, connect and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector and is the statewide association of more than 1050 member nonprofit organizations. MCN offers educational opportunities for nonprofit issues through its website, resource publications, workshops and events.

Minnesota Council on Foundations 

MCF is a membership organization of family, private, community and other public or corporate foundations. Its website has resources for grantmakers and grantseekers. MCF has developed a set of Principles for Minnesota Grantmakers and guides for foundations to implement these principles.

Nonprofits Assistance Fund  (Minneapolis) 

The Nonprofits Assistance Fund offers financial management assistance workshops and financial management assistance to increase the financial strength and stability of nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.

Nonprofit Career Resource Guide

A compendium of profiled groups providing resources for all aspects of finding a career in the rewarding nonprofit sector.

Rochester Area Foundation

RAF assists nonprofits by providing incubator space for start-ups, reasonable rental space for meetings of variable size, advice on seeking nonprofit status as well as classes on various topics such as fundraising. RAF will also act as a fiscal agent for nonprofits until 501 (c) (3) status is granted. 

For Donors

American Institute of Philanthropy  (Chicago) 

The American Institute of Philanthropy is a charity watchdog service that evaluates charities. This information is available in its tri-annual publication, Charity Rating Guide,which is included in the Charity Watchdog Report.

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance publishes a quarterly Wise Giving Guide. It also prepares reports on charitable organizations, which can be accessed through its website, that assesses a charity's compliance with standards (the Standards for Charitable Accountability) set by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Charities Review Council

The Charities Review Council is a Minnesota organization that evaluates charitable appeals against established standards, provides information on charities to donors and monitors enforcement of charities laws.

Charity Navigator 

Charity Navigator provides an analysis and rating of the financial health of more than 3,900 of America's largest charities.


GuideStar is a searchable Internet database developed by Philanthropic Research, Inc. IRS Form 990 returns that charities have filed with the IRS are avai8lable for review at the GuideStar website.

Local Independent Charities of America

LICA is a federation of more than 700 local nonprofit charitable organizations rigorously certified for workplace giving campaigns that have earned an Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence for quality administration and program activity.

National Center for Charitable Statistics 

The National Center for Charitable Statistics is a national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. It is a project of the Urban Institute.