Introduction to Non-profit Pre-certification
This pre-certification workshop will help you decide whether you may
be eligible for certification and what documents you must provide.
When SDO staff members review your application, they are looking to
evidence that you and your organization meet criteria that are spelled out
in Massachusetts laws and regulations.
Applicants for non-profit organization certification must submit the non-profit
application and the required supporting documents. You can register to fill out
the application online. Please be sure to carefully read the following pre-certification
workshop contents before completing the application.
What are the Benefits of SDO Certification?
The Commonwealth targets a portion of public dollars to minority and women non-profit
organizations. If you bid on a state contract, agencies may take into account your
certification status when evaluating your bid or proposal. Being certified can enhance
your changes of being awarded a contract.
SDO certification is good with all state agencies, Massachusetts quasi-public
authorities, general and prime contractors who hold major state contracts with
affirmative purchasing benchmarks and with many cities and towns. Many private companies
have affirmative purchasing programs, and those companies may also recognize
SDO-certified non-profit organizations are listed in the SDO Directory of Certified Businesses
which is circulated to all state agencies with affirmative market programs.