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State & Federal Government

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), USDA - CSREES provides the focus to advance a global system of research, extension and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human sciences to benefit people, communities, and the Nation. Also, see:

  • E- Answers: E-answers is a dynamic, online, searchable resource that brings research-based information and education into your home or office -- when and where you need it. The practical, current, and unbiased information in this site represents the work of Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station professionals at Land Grant universities throughout the United States.

  • University of Wisconsin Extension - One of the founding collaborators that make up the Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizaitons

FirstGov for Nonprofits (Formally the Nonprofit Gateway) - The U.S. Government's official portal to grants, loans and other assistance for nonprofits.

Form 990 Web Site Project - Not a government site but rather this is a site that demonstrates the ability to store and retrieve Form 990 submissions. All sizable nonprofit organizations must submit a completed Form 990 annually. Many state governments also rely on the 990 for nonprofit financial reporting.

IRS information for tax exempt organizations - Articles, forms, publications and FAQ's published by the IRS

  • IRS Non-Profit List: The IRS now has an online version of Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations. It is intended to assist you in learning if an organization is exempt from federal taxation and, if so, determining how much of your contributions to that organization are tax deductible.

Tax Exempt Organization Tax Kit - This is a packet of federal forms and publications for tax-exempt organizations provided to you by the IRS in a number of file formats.

Labyrinth Inc.- If you are going to solicit funds you will likely have to register in each state in which you intend to solicit funds. This usefull site directs you to the registration contacts for each state. This web site also contains a list of the public disclosure statements which must appear on all solicitation materials.

The Local Government Center, U.W. - Extension : The mission of the Local Government Center is to provide focus, coordination, and leadership to UW System educational programs for local government, and to expand the research and knowledge base for local government education.

National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) - The National Association of State Charity Officials is a forum for the exchange of views and experiences relating to charitable trust and charitable solicitation issues. Membership in NASCO is open only to representatives of US state agencies with authority over charitable entities and/or charitable solicitations.

The White House web site.

Use THOMAS to find federal legislative information and keep tabs on congress.

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions: Nonprofit Organizations in Wisconsin can now go to the Web for corporate forms (Requires you to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader): Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Amendment, Restated Articles of Incorporation, and Articles of Dissolution Appointment of Agent to Receive Service of Process (Unincorporated Nonprofit Association). In similar pdf form, you can also find the Application for Wisconsin Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exempt Status (CES) on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue web page.

Wisconsin.gov - The State of Wisconsin Internet Portal contains a link to Build Your Business a collection of information specifically designed to aid new business organizers.

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