Nonprofit Tree - Helping Social Entrepreneurs Start, Grow, and Succeed in Impacting Their Communities.

Nonprofit Tree is a tech platform that helps kickstart nonprofit organizations, providing social entrepreneurs with advice and a network.

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  • Education
  • Technology
  • Environment

Website or social media url(s) (optional): Please See Our Pitch Deck, which is in the Attachments!

Date You Started Your Project Started


Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The process of starting a nonprofit is difficult. Adequate resources are hard to find and consulting a legal attorney can be expensive. As a result, many aspiring entrepreneurs' ambitions are hindered, and they often give up on their idea. Nonprofit Tree resolves this dilemma by allowing nonprofit founders to help kickstart their organization, expand it, and succeed will develop a community that promotes the well-being of everyone.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

To solve this problem, entrepreneurs can access our website ( and register themselves. The Nonprofit Tree platform provides help with Legal Documents by helping entrepreneurs fill out important paperwork, including IRS Form 1023, which provides legal charity status. This document, on average, takes almost 100 hours to fill out. If one were to reach out for a lawyer for help, it would cost thousands of dollars. We help social entrepreneurs bypass this barrier. Then, organizations are free to conduct their activities! NonProfit Tree guides your organization to successfully achieve your mission by providing videos and documents of nonprofit experts who have already treaded the difficult waters of starting an organization. Additionally, other aspiring social entrepreneurs can connect with other ones on the Nonprofit Tree Platform, which is a specified platform of individuals who are trying to achieve their own goals. This promotes a space of collaboration. Finally, our alumni network of successful social entrepreneurs will be able to connect you with the necessary people who can help. Please see attached pitch deck for more details.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Hello, my name is George Wang, and I am a 17-year-old high school senior who attends Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. When I was 10 years old, I started my own nonprofit organization with the IRS, called Chess Haven. Our goal is to spread the educational benefits of chess across the globe (our website is ( I had immense trouble filling out the paperwork –– I wish Nonprofit Tree existed back then! The IRS Form 1023 is one of the most challenging and time-consuming documents that take many years to fill out. Fortunately, I was able to successfully file it and decided to create a platform where I could share my knowledge via Nonprofit Tree. I look up to my parents, who are first-generation Chinese immigrants who came to the United States to live the American Dream. They inspire me to work hard and despite the many barriers they overcame. I want to be like them.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

Please see attached Pitch Deck for more information.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When a person gets involved in Nonprofit Tree, they are not only just signing up for a specialized platform that can help them start a nonprofit, but they are also joining our expansive NonProfit Tree network. After our platform helps guide these individuals through the tedious and tough IRS paperwork, our highly skilled alumni can help fully expand their mission in order to help them make a meaningful impact in their community. This is an example of how Nonprofit Tree works: Once a member signs up on our Nonprofit Tree website, they gain access to advise on how to start a nonprofit. We give them the tools they need to file their 501(c)(3) IRS forms. Then, after successfully creating their organizations, a member can learn from our alumni and resources on how to expand their impact. A social entrepreneur's dream can be achieved. Please See Our Pitch Deck, which is in the Attachments

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

As noted in our pitch deck (look at the attachment), there is no other company that can match the level of Nonprofit Tree. Our service is an online service, so it can be accessed at any time. In addition, it is easy to use, cheap and specified to nonprofits. Our main competitors are LegalZoom and Clerky, which are two companies that provide legal help. However, none of them are nonprofit focused. Nonprofit Tree contains the platform of an expansive group of nonprofit experts who are specialized in their fields. The other two websites cannot provide the same. Please See Our Pitch Deck!

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We have made a difference so far by helping social entrepreneurs start their nonprofits. They have become individuals who have made significant contributions in the community (10 nonprofits have been created, thanks to Nonprofit Tree!). For example, one of our clients signed up on our platform one year ago, basing their nonprofit company on education. Nonprofit Tree helped them file their paperwork and gave expert advice. Eventually, the company entered a pitch competition at the Entrepreneurship Hub in Cornell University in 2019. Using the expertise and knowledge that they learned from Nonprofit Tree, they pitched their idea and their nonprofit mission, effectively branding themselves to the judges, who were multi-millionaire venture capitalists. They won first place! This helped the educational nonprofit company expand their resources and now, they are located in 30 schools.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

In order to take my startup, Nonprofit Tree, to the next level, we need more funding and support to expand our presence. The 2019 ChangeMaker Challenge is the perfect opportunity for this. They will not only provide us with the necessary capital that we need but can also provide us with mentorship. Our company will receive advice from top experts. Ultimately, we want to create a connected community by raising community leaders. Nonprofit founders make a meaningful impact on their community. Thus, if Nonprofit Tree continues to help these community leaders, then we can exponentially increase our impact. We are all about the community. As Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Public Relations

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Search engine

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 50%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

Attachments (1)

NonProfitTreePitchDeck - TMobile ChangeMakers 2019.pdf

Please view of Nonprofit Tree Pitch Deck. We have presented this to pitch deck to many venture capitalists, including John Alexander, CEO of CBORD (Cornell University Class of 1974) who recommended this idea to others. (John sold his company, CBORD, for 300 million dollars in 2004).


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It is definitely difficult for entrepreneurs with little to no experience, so Nonprofit Tree fills that niche and should help create many new successful nonprofits. Social entrepreneurship has the potential for enormous change, so it is great to hear that you are incentivizing this process!

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