If you need help on setting up a charity and managing it effectively, ask our librarians to see the guide, Starting and Building a Nonprofit by Peri H. Pakroo. The handbook from Nolo Press provides practical information on a number of topics, ranging from incorporating and selecting a name, to budgeting, fundraising, and accounting practices.
Another basic reference book you can explore is the Nonprofit Handbook by Gary Grobman. The new fifth edition released this year contains a new chapter on program evaluation. In addition, the book contains chapters that briefly discuss bylaws, risk management, e-commerce, online fundraising, and other key areas.
If you are interested in online information, try these web resources below:
The Foundation Center's Establishing a Nonprofit Organization online tutorial
The Foundation Center's Webinar Series for Nonprofit Startup Organizations
Idealist.org's FAQs for start-up nonprofits