I do not believe you'll receive any funding until you establish your Co. Call your Sec't of State (Free 411 )1800 373-3411,free info ph. # svc(Bus./Res.). Get them to Email you the forms/snailmail is to slow. Meantime go online to"Foundation center",may be helpful. The library has books with addresses,etc for use @ the library only. Tom Hopkins,Mentor
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I'm assuming you found an answer to this a while ago & hopefuly have gotten started in your non-profit - But just in case you have still been thinking of / planing a non-profit, and have not stepped forward on it, but are still interested. Or if anyone else coming across this at later date is also looking for an answer to this question:
There is a awy you can get funding. I researched this myself. Depending on state rules (please research w/ your state), you can raise funds as long as you have appied for non-profit staus even though you have not completed the process. (Again check state rules on how to proceed w/ this and any regulations or requirements to folow.
Also, There is way to receive funds without non-profit status. If you align yourself with another non-profit who does have 501/503c status & your objectives (the area of outreach) is similar - Then you can campaign under thier umbrella & the funds will go to them, which they will then in turn share with you.
If you are looking for start-up items that are relevant for personal use (not just your non-profit. Ex: a camera & mic, a copy/print device, laptop, etc), then you can run a crowdsourcing campaign legally because the money would be for items that are personal 'Gifts' to you. Know that he donors can't claim donations on their taxes. Your advertising campaign must show the money raised is a gift for personal use.