Helpful links and resources for individuals starting a nonprofit or who currently lead or serve an organization.



Federal Level

Federal Trade Commission
Information for organizations or consumers related to federal trade practices and regulations.

IRS Charities & Nonprofits
A resource on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) website regarding information related to federal tax-exempt status and required filings.

IRS EO Select Check
A search tool on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website to verify if an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible gifts, filed a Form 990N or been revoked of its tax-exempt status.

IRS Tax Obligation
A dedicated site from the IRS detailing an overview of the responsibilities and federal tax obligations for a nonprofit corporation.



Nonprofit Sector

Alliance for Better Nonprofits
A Knoxville-based organization serving nonprofits in 25 East Tennessee counties. The mission is to assist the region's nonprofits in their efficiency and effectiveness in walking out their missions and serving various constituencies.

Center for Nonprofit Management
A Nashville-based organization dedicated to creating and sustaining nonprofit excellence in Middle Tennessee through training, classes, and other resources.

Momentum Nonoprofit Partners
A Memphis-based organization offering an extensive selection of training and networking, aimed at sharing knowledge, building leadership skills, and providing tools and techniques that help nonprofits respond effectively to the needs of the community and the demand for accountability.

Venture Forward
A Chattanooga-based organization serving nonprofits in Southeast Tennessee. Venture Forward is a resource for networking, training and capacity building for the nonprofit sector.



State & Local

Division of Business Services
The Division of Business Services can assist you with information about nonprofit corporation filing requirements (i.e. Charter, Certificate of Authority, Annual Reports) for the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee Rules and Regulations
Promulgated rules and regulations for the Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Act.

Public Interest Division, Office of Tennessee Attorney General
Information about nonprofit governance or management requirements, dissolution process, or the Tennessee Nonprofit Act.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
If you or your organization have questions about labor practices or law in Tennessee.

Tennessee Department of Revenue
If you or the organization have questions about state tax obligations or the process of seeking a sales tax exemption, please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Guidebook for Tennessee Nonprofits
This Guidebook is a joint creation of the Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State, the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and the Center for Nonprofit Management and is a resource for best practices for Tennessee nonprofit corporations.


*Any information provided or posted via this website shall not be construed as an official or unofficial endorsement of a particular organization or agency.  Additionally, information gathered via any links provided cannot be considered legal counsel or financial advice provided by this department.