The Alliance has compiled this set of resources on closing permanently from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.
The Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines, and Recommendations white paper provides field-wide guidance on the use of proceeds from the sale of deaccessioned objects. First issued in 2016, the paper was updated in 2019 to reflect the updated FASB accounting standard that allows for direct care as well as acquisition.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a Fact Sheet about Terminating or Merging Your Exempt Organization (PDF, 4 pages) that provides important information about what should be reported to the IRS when a tax-exempt organization shuts down, transfers assets, or merges with another tax-exempt organization.
The Small Business Administration shares technical and legal resources for closing a business, transferring ownership, liquidating assets or filing for bankruptcy.
This blog post from the Standford Information Review outlines how and why a successful nonprofit might go about shutting down.
The Summerlee Foundation offers several points on when an organization should dissolve and how to go about doing it.
This webinar from the American Institute of Architects Connecting to Collections series provides the specific actions needed to bring a “good end”, including legal requirements, collections disposal, maintaining community relations, and recognizing the deep commitments of founders and other stakeholders. Case studies are used to illustrate specific points and ideas. There is also a 2-page PDF with a list of books and articles helpful when making a decision to close permanently.
Internal Revenue Service provides information on how to file an annual report or notice after an organization’s termination and required disclosure information.