A large and growing number of congregations are setting up church-based nprofit organizations in order to operate community development or educational programs. Once formed, the nprofit structure allows for new opportunities for accessing additional funding and drawing new collaborative partners and volunteers into the ministry. Joy Skjegstad outlines the step-by-step procedures for setting up a 501(c)3 nprofit organization connected to a congregation using simple, easy-to-understand termilogy and plenty of examples from churches that have already taken on this task. Whether a congregation is setting up new program or has an established nprofit that needs to be restructured or redefined, congregations will find helpful guidance in this practical, experience-based book.
Joy Skjegstad is founding director of the Faith Communities Project in Minneapolis/St. Paul, a capacity-building program for faith-based organizations working in such areas as housing, day care, education, health care, and prison ministries, formed through a partnership of TURN Leadership Foundation, and the University of St. Thomas. She previously served as Executive Director of the Park Avenue Foundation, the community outreach arm of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, which develops church-based ministries for children and families in South Minneapolis.