Start a 501(c)(3) or Other Nonprofit

When it comes to starting a nonprofit organization, The Foundation Group is the professional resource America turns to the most! Whether you are starting a charity, foundation, church, school, or any other nonprofit organization, our full-service solution makes it simple for you to get there. How?

Over 14,000 nonprofit organizations started
Expert counsel, not just document prep
A genuine 100% IRS approval rate
We guarantee your approval!

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Starting a Nonprofit - The Webinar

This free, informative presentation will take you step by step through the process of starting a nonprofit organization. Learn as we explain the fundamentals of formation, plus the challenges…and the rewards…of launching a new charitable venture.

You will also discover why Foundation Group is the perfect partner to help you make it happen!

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Corazon Ketchum, Executive Director
Noah's Ark & Company

“Words cannot express our profound appreciation for all your hard work on our behalf. We would not have gotten our IRS approval without your great work. You are truly Noah’s Ark & Company’s HERO!”


Free Download: 10 Questions You Must
Consider Before Starting a Nonprofit

You want to start a nonprofit. Great!

But what does it really take to start a nonprofit? What are the non-negotiables that simply must be in place in order to get started with any hope for success? What steps are required to make sure the organization you are starting can work in tight economic conditions?

Download our free guidebook and learn the questions you should be asking before you get started on your adventure.

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Essential Compliance Services

Your compliance filings cannot be an afterthought. Staying on top of state and federal requirements is essential to long-term organizational success. Our Compliance Team works with hundreds of nonprofits each year, assisting them with things such as:

IRS Form 990 preparation
Charitable Solicitations registration/renewal
And more...

Trust our experts to keep your nonprofit running smoothly!


Foundation Group – Empowering Nonprofits Since 1995

The Foundation Group is America’s #1 provider of formation services to new nonprofits. With over 14,000 clients served, no one has more experience.

And formation is just the beginning…Our compliance department ensures that our clients stay on the right side of state and federal regulations.

Let Foundation Group empower your nonprofit!

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Simplify Managing Your Nonprofit

Fund Accounting & Donation Management Software

Foundation Group is proud to recommend Aplos Software for our client's accounting and donation management needs!

Aplos was created by experienced nonprofit accounting professionals. It's easy-to-use, affordable, and will help your organization keep on top of all its recordkeeping. And because it's cloud-based, you can access your account securely from any computer.

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Taking Nonprofits from Vision to Mission Fulfillment

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Start a Nonprofit Organization

Mission fulfillment begins with getting your nonprofit properly established…and there’s no one better equipped to get you there than The Foundation Group. With over 14,000 success stories, we are the nation’s leading provider of nonprofit formation services. Our unique, consultative approach will incorporate your nonprofit, secure 501(c)(3) status and help you achieve long-term success.
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IRS Form 990 Preparation

Formation gets you started, but compliance keeps you in the game. The annual filing of IRS Form 990 is required of all 501(c), tax exempt organizations. In fact, failure to file for 3 consecutive years results in automatic revocation of tax exempt status. Our compliance team members are experts in the preparation of IRS Form 990. Don’t leave things to chance…trust the pros for your Form 990 needs.
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Charitable Solicitations Registration

40 states require charitable organizations to register prior to soliciting donations. This often-misunderstood requirement is quickly becoming one of the most serious compliance issues across the country as cash-strapped states ramp up enforcement.  Don’t risk costly penalties! Let our compliance experts sort out your requirements and help you get (and stay!) properly registered.
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Tax Exempt Status Revoked?

Hundreds of thousands of nonprofits have had their tax exemptions revoked by the IRS since June 2011. Loss of 501(c)(3) status is devastating to a nonprofit, upending years of hard work and damaging its reputation. If your nonprofit has been notified that its status has been revoked, we can help you get it back. Time is of the essence…the quicker you act, the better the outcome.

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Nonprofit Mini-FAQ

What is a 501(c)(3)?

First of all, it’s not a 5013c or a 503c or any of the hosts of other mistaken identities that it gets called. A 501(c)(3) organization is simply a nonprofit organization (usually incorporated) that has applied for and obtained recognition of tax exemption by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Go here for a more in-depth look at this question…

What types of organizations qualify?

In order for the IRS to recognize an organization as being qualified for 501(c)(3) status, it must satisfy the IRS’s general definition of being organized for charitable purposes. “Charity” is broadly defined to include the following organizational purposes: religious, educational, charitable (benevolence), scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering of national or international amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty to animals and children.

How do you start a 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit organization?

Answering that question is what we are about. Check out our nonprofit organization startup page for more details…or just give us a call on our toll-free number at the bottom of the page.

Need more answers?

Check out our FAQ page for more detailed answers to these and other important questions.

Client Feedback

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am at this moment.  I walked from the school to our mailbox (~200yd) this morning and literally danced back.  Our 501(c)3 has been approved.  And on the first try!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  We could never have done it without you.

Lucy Conrad, President The Venus School

We can’t thank you enough for all the help and for making this dream come true.   You promised and you delivered.  Most of all, the arts community, the children, veterans, and many others will have opportunities to flourish and grow where there was no opportunity before because of what you do…and do so very well.  Thank you!

D. K. Bise, Executive Director/President Southern Cultural Arts Foundation

I received our approval letter today from the IRS! I can’t believe it came so quickly! Can’t thank you enough…

I was so excited to get notification of the IRS approval…WOW! I was prepared to wait for a year. Thanks for all of your help!

Daphne Christensen Dylan's Smile

I wanted to let you know that we were approved by the IRS for our 501(c)(3) status. I was amazed at how fast the approval process went. I wasn’t expecting an answer until November according to their own website. We are so thankful to you for taking all the stress and fear out of the process. It was seamless. Foundation Group will come highly recommended from us here at Calvary Chapel to anyone that we know of in the ministry that is seeking nonprofit status. Thanks, again…and God bless you!

Amira Roach Calvary Chapel of the Berkshires

We received our 501(c)(3) letter of determination and are simply elated! Thank you and all at Foundation Group for your guidance, patience, understanding and persistence helping us to get Focus on Families off the ground and on the IRS list of nonprofits. Your support was genuinely a wonderful experience throughout the process. We thank God for your staff and your help!

Kevin McCann Focus on Families

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your team for your unbelievable effort on our organization’s behalf in putting together and executing our application for 501c3 status. We found out last week that we had been approved by the IRS and we are thrilled. There is much work to be done, but this was a significant step.

Alexia Perez Zophia's Choice

The board of directors and I are very thankful for The Foundation Group and we will not hesitate to do business with your company in the future. Having 501(c)(3) status is going to do wonders for our organization. We will be able to help a lot more children.

MIchelle Daniels Students in Leadership

I have used the services of Foundation Group to incorporate my ministry and secure 501c3 status. Each representative with whom I’ve interacted has demonstrated competence, courtesy and attention to detail. I consider FG a symbol of professional excellence and extend my endorsement of the expertise they render.

James Bankston Mercy Bridge Ministries

Thank you so much for your assistance. We can’t say enough good things about The Foundation Group! In fact, we have already recommended you to another organization, and will certainly do so again. We appreciate the help with the Form 990 requirements, and I will probably have some other questions concerning our operations and status. Thanks again!

Brian Norwood Jal Historical Society and Museum

Thanks so much for your help. I have really appreciated everything you have done for me. You gave me a great sense of confidence and courage. I would have no hesitation to recommend you to anyone considering setting up a nonprofit. You’ve been marvelous.

New Payment Option Available!

In addition to check and credit card options, we’re thrilled to offer our clients a great new payment choice:  PayPal Credit!  By using PayPal Credit, clients are eligible to pay over 6 months, interest free.  And if more time to pay is needed, you can do that, too!  Just another way we make it easy to get started…

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