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The Nonprofit Handbook, 9th Edition

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Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run Your Nonprofit Organization

Ninth Edition

by Gary M. Grobman 

The Nonprofit Handbook, Ninth Edition is the most up-to-date and useful publication for those starting a nonprofit or for those already operating one. This Handbook is based on The Pennsylvania Nonprofit Handbook, a book originally published in 1992 with the help of more than two-dozen nonprofit executives and attorneys and now in its 8th edition. Each easy-to-read chapter includes a synopsis, useful tips, and resources to obtain more information. This essential reference tool includes:


•  Information about current laws, court decisions, and regulations that apply to nonprofits—two full pages devoted to each state and the District of Columbia

•  Practical advice on running a nonprofit, including chapters on grant-writing, communications, fundraising, quality management, insurance, lobbying, personnel, fiscal management, nonprofit ethics, and 24 other chapters

•  Information on applying for federal and state tax-exempt status

•  How to write effective grant applications

•  How to hire and fire

•  Internet resources for nonprofits

•  How to develop a strategic plan

• How to plan for a program evaluation


We know you will find The Nonprofit Handbook to be an essential resource for every nonprofit organization’s bookshelf.

"The Nonprofit Handbook is must reading. While it will have value as a reference tool to be consulted when needed, I highly recommend that you read the book cover-to-cover to familiarize yourself with the panoply of issues that face the modern nonprofit in every state of our United States."

Joe Geiger, former Executive Director
Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations

 "The Nonprofit Handbook is a very practical, comprehensive, succinct, clear, and up-to-date guide on the nitty gritty of administering a nonprofit organization. It also provides the general background one needs to know to manage wisely in this sector. The book is nicely grounded in practical experience, theory, law, and contemporary sources of data and expertise. A copy belongs on the desk of every nonprofit manager."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dennis Young, Ph.D.

Founding Editor, Nonprofit Management and Leadership



"Grobman’s Handbook has been a treasure. I have passed along copies to those with no knowledge of nonprofit organizations as well as those with lots of hands-on experience. Its usefulness lies in its practicality and accessibility… a great resource to have on your bookshelf!"

Pam Leland, Ph.D.
former Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University

About the Author:

Gary M. Grobman (B.S. Drexel University, M.P.A. Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Ph.D., Penn State University) is special projects director for White Hat Communications, a Harrisburg-based publishing and nonprofit consulting organization formed in 1993. The title of Dr. Grobman’s doctoral dissertation is An Analysis of Codes of Ethics of Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Membership Associations: Does Principal Constituency Make a Difference? He has taught nonprofit management classes as an adjunct faculty member at Bay Path College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Marylhurst University, and Gratz College.  

He served as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition from 1983-1996. Prior to that, he was a senior legislative assistant in Washington for two members of Congress, a news reporter, and a political humor columnist for Roll Call. He also served as a lobbyist for public transit agencies. In 1987, he founded the Non-Profit Advocacy Network (NPAN), which consisted of more than 50 statewide associations that represented Pennsylvania charities.

 He has served on the board of directors as an officer of the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, the Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club, and the Citizens Service Project—the statewide 501(c)(3) that was established to promote citizen service in Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Holocaust—A Guide for Pennsylvania Teachers, The Nonprofit Handbook, Improving Quality and Performance in Your Non-Profit Organization, The Nonprofit Management Casebook, Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations, Just Don’t Do It! A Fractured and Irreverent Look at the Ph.D. Culture, and other books published by White Hat Communications and Wilder Publications (now Fieldstone).


He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Table of Contents (9th edition)


Foreword byAnne Gingerich, Executive Director

PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations




Quick Start Guide to Forming a Nonprofit Organization

Chapter 1. The Decision to Incorporate

Chapter 2. Steps to Incorporation

Chapter 3. Bylaws

Chapter 4. Nonprofit Governance

Chapter 5. Mission and Vision Statements

Chapter 6. Strategic Planning

Chapter 7. Nonprofit Organization Ethics

Chapter 8. Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

Chapter 9. Liability, Risk Management, and Insurance

Chapter 10. Fiscal Issues

Chapter 11. Personnel

Chapter 12. Hiring, Evaluation, and Firing

Chapter 13. Volunteers

Chapter 14. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Chapter 15. Charitable Solicitation Registration

Chapter 16. Fundraising

Chapter 17. Writing Effective Grant Proposals

Chapter 18. Marketing

Chapter 19. Lobbying

Chapter 20. Political Activity by Nonprofits

Chapter 21. Communications and Public Relations

Chapter 22. The Internet for Nonprofits

Chapter 23. Fundraising on the Internet

Chapter 24. Forming and Running a Coalition

Chapter 25. Miscellaneous Administrative Issues

Chapter 26. Nonprofits and Small Business Competition

Chapter 27. State and Local Tax Exemptions

Chapter 28. Mergers and Consolidations

Chapter 29. Quality Issues

Chapter 30. Change Management

Chapter 31. Organization and Program Evaluation


Directory of State and National Organizations

State Directory

Appendix A—Sample Bylaws

Appendix B—New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Executives

Appendix C—Sample Financial Reports from ARNOVA

Appendix D—National Organizations and Publications

Appendix E. About the Author

Appendix F—Reader Survey/Order Form

For Further Reading


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