Funds is a major concern area for start up organizations.
An organization cannot raise funds till it has the state solicitation registration done. Its quite common for start up nonprofits to be without funds till the paper work get completed.
To begin with, nonprofit organizations look for internal sources of funding from members, families, friends and other affinity groups.
We asked some of the top professional fund raisers for the way out and the one common thread in these replies was to have a fund raising plan and to look at fund-raising with a long-term perspective.