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.

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

We're here to help make it happen!

When it comes to starting a nonprofit organization, 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.

Taking Nonprofits from Vision to Mission Fulfillment


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 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.


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.


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.


Over 15,000 Nonprofit Startup Success Stories!

Ricky Cain

Working with the Foundation Group to create Cain Cares was an amazing experience. We were able to create our nonprofit in half of the time I hear others taking, and for exponentially less than what I know others have paid. Everyone from beginning to end that we dealt with was patient, knowledgeable and caring, and I couldn’t have asked for a better customer service experience. Receiving the 6 months free of the Aplos Accounting for Nonprofits software was also a great bonus to an already amazing experience!

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

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 ChristensenDylan'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

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