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Question: I am working on a field study project that involves setting up a fund for the dependents of military personnel killed on duty. My partner and I are now at the stage where we would like to learn how to set up a 501(c)(3) fund. We think this falls under the non-profit category. We would like to know the specific steps for setting it up, and hopefully avoid excessive accounting and legal jargon.

Answer: Baker Library is an important resource for students to keep in mind when conducting research for their field study projects. Our book collection is particularly strong in the area of non-profit management.

I did a search on the Baker Online Catalog and found many titles that concern your field study. If you would like to browse the collection online, select Baker Online Catalog from the Baker Library Home Page (www.library.hbs.edu) and then select “Search Builder” to do a keyword search. I did a keyword title search using the terms “nonprofit” and “management” and found many titles. The system will list them in reverse chronological order so you will see the most recent titles first.

These books might be helpful:
Financial and Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations: A Comprehensive Reference to Legal, Financial, Management, and Operations Rules and Guidelines for Nonprofits by Herrington J. Bryce. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000.

The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management by Robert D. Herman and associates. Jossey-Bass, 1994.

Financial Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Jody Blazek. Wiley, 1996.

For other reference requests please email your inquiries to: refquest@hbs.edu

April 1, 2002
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