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The Pennsylvania Nonprofit Handbook, 12th Edition

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by Gary M. Grobman

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The Pennsylvania Nonprofit Handbook, 11th Edition, published in January 2018, is the most up-to-date and useful publication for those starting a nonprofit or for those already operating one. This 482-page Handbook was originally published in 1992 with the help of more than two-dozen nonprofit executives and attorneys. 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 in Pennsylvania

•    Practical advice on running a nonprofit, including chapters on grant-writing, communications, fundraising, quality management, insurance, lobbying, personnel, fiscal management, nonprofit ethics, and 25 other chapters

•    Information on applying for federal and Pennsylvania 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




"The Pennsylvania Nonprofit Handbook is a must-have for every nonprofit organization—not only for executive management but for staff and board members who support the work of your organization in a variety of ways."

Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations


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).

Table of Contents (11th edition)

Foreword by Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organization



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. Financial Management 

Chapter 11. Personnel

Chapter 12. Hiring, Evaluation, and Firing

Chapter 13. Volunteers

Chapter 14. Diversity, Equity, anmd 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

Appendix A—Sample Articles of Incorporation Legal Notice    

Appendix B—Sample Bylaws        

Appendix C—Addresses of IRS Field Offices in PA         

Appendix D—Addresses of Legal Journals  

Appendix E—Foundation Center Information Network Partners       

Appendix F—Constitution of PA (excerpt)    

Appendix G—Excerpts From Act 2, Session of 1971

   and Act 55     

Appendix H—New Year’s Resolutions for

   Nonprofit Executives  

Appendix I—Sample Financal Reports (ARNOVA)             

Appendix J—National Organizations and Publications of Interest

Appendix K—About the Author     

Appendix L—Reader Survey/Order Form   



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Key Word Index

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