Friday, December 30, 2011

NJ Nonprofits Now Have One-Stop Resource

Acting New Jersey Governor Kim Guadagno today announced that New Jersey’s nonprofit organizations now have one-stop access to valuable state resources thanks to a new webpage from the New Jersey Department of State.

The New Jersey Nonprofit Information Center portal – nonprofit.nj.gov – offers information on funding sources and other assistance available to nonprofits through state government.

The portal lists links to department and agency web pages dedicated to nonprofit resources. Resources include funding, volunteer opportunities, forms and guidance documents.

“New Jersey’s nonprofit organizations provide vital services across a range of areas,” said Acting Governor Kim Guadagno, who serves concurrently as Secretary of State. “To help nonprofits fulfill their mission, it makes sense to assemble this information in one convenient place.”

Earlier this year, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation requiring the Department of State to maintain an accessible directory of state departments and agencies that provide resources to assist nonprofits.

With a single mouse click, groups can access useful information. Clicking the Treasury Department’s link delivers information for starting a nonprofit corporation and tax filing requirements. The link for the Department of Community Affairs offers grant information and a resource guide. The Department of Law and Public Safety provides information on grants and registering as a charity.

"The State's new Nonprofit Information Center is an important first step in making vital funding, volunteer and compliance information more readily available to thousands of New Jersey non-profits,” said Linda M. Czipo, Executive Director for the Center for Non-Profits. “The Center for Non-Profits was thrilled to support the legislation that made this site possible. We thank the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for making it a reality and look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with the Department of State as the site evolves."

The portal provides news updates information to nonprofits and also offers links to non-state resources, including the Center for Non-Profits, Pro Bono Partnership and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. There is also easy access to federal and independent agencies, such as USA.gov for Nonprofits, IRS.gov for Nonprofits, Social Services Purchasing Alliance and others.

The nonprofit.nj.gov webpage was developed with the input from the Center for Non-Profits and the Pro Bono Partnership.

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