Starting a 501(c)(3) or Other Nonprofit?

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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.

Over 15,000 nonprofit organizations started
Expert counsel, not just document prep
A genuine 100% IRS approval rate
We guarantee your approval!
Kirk Roberts

We would like to thank you and your staff for all that you have done to enable us to help children in need around the world.  Through your hard work and intervention, you have made the process much less stressful for us and we are now tax-exempt with the IRS!  A dream that seemed so daunting has become a reality!

Kirk Roberts, President Forget-Me-Not Orphan Care, Inc.
Shannon Miller

Wow, we are amazed that we received our approval letter so quickly! Incredible!  I know that if we had done this on our own, that wouldn’t have been the case.  Thank you so much for all your help.  I will be recommending your services to anyone and everyone possible.

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

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 15,000 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.

3 Great Resources for Startups

Starting a Nonprofit - The Webinar (Free!)

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!

10 Questions You Must Consider Before Starting a Nonprofit (Free!)

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.

Forming and Maintaining a Nonprofit Organization ($9.95)

When it comes to forming and maintaining a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, it is essential to know what to do and when to do it. Guesswork just won’t do.

Our essential e-guidebook is just the thing for those who are exploring the formation of a nonprofit organization, as well as those who need to keep an existing organization in proper compliance.

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Lois Lerner Avoids Prosecution

It looks like Lois Lerner, the scandal-scarred former head of the IRS Tax Exemption Unit, can finally relax and enjoy her forced retirement.  Last week, the Obama Justice Department announced that they were declining to prosecute her for misusing her office to target and harass conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4)…

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America's First Choice for Nonprofit Startup and Compliance

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When Foundation Group launched in 1995, we were the first specialty firm in America dedicated exclusively to starting nonprofits and helping them to stay compliant with state and federal regulations.

20 years later, we’re still going strong!  In fact, our client base continues to grow exponentially every year…and we’ve never been more committed to bringing our clients the expertise they need to see their vision come to pass.  Simply put, we love what we do and we’re passionate about doing it with excellence!

We were the first…and we’ve never stopped leading!  Call us and see why we are America’s first choice for nonprofit startup and compliance services.

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