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Start Your Own Nonprofit or Social Enterprise

This guide includes helpful resources on starting and running a nonprofit or social enterprise in Michigan. Use the menu on the left to start exploring.

What is a Nonprofit Organization?

A nonprofit is an organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under the regulations outlined by the Internal Revenue Code. 

Nonprofits include organizations focused on issues such as health, education, human rights, the environment, children, senior citizens, peace, science, religion, and consumer protection.

What is a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise or social entrepreneurship is a for-profit business that directly addresses social issues and has a positive impact on local communities, society, or the world.   

"4 Vital Areas for Creating a Thriving Social Impact Business" webinar with WCC Entrepreneurship Center Entrepreneur-In-Residence Millie Chu of Global Entrepreneurship Business Lab.

" Demystifying Grants and Crowdfunding" with WCC Entrepreneurship Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Environmental Artist Leslie Sobel.

Nonprofit & Social Entrepreneurship Business Model Planning

Local Resources

Trade Journals

Nonprofit Trade Journals

Social Enterprise Trade Journals

Books in the Bailey Library