When putting together a nonprofit organization, there are plenty of things that can go right. You can fill out your paperwork correctly, register with the state and IRS successfully, and obtain your 501c3 approval with minimal to no hiccups along the way. Ideally, this is how anyone would want things to go. After all, smooth sailing is preferable over stormy waters. What should be considered and perhaps noted somewhere, however, are the blunders you could potentially encounter along the way. Believe me when I say that it is very easy to make a mistake when you have never been through the 501c3 process before; it is a daunting process when you are not familiar with the rhythm of it, which leaves plenty of room for unexpected errors to pop up. To avoid falling into traps, you should first recognize what kind of mistakes can keep your nonprofit from taking off.