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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.


Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

Introducing the SureStart™ nonprofit formation system.

We created the SureStart system to give you a complete solution with nothing left to chance:  incorporation, 501(c)(3) status, charitable solicitation registration, and state and federal compliance filings…all customized to your particular organization.  Your success demands nothing less.

Cost-Effective.  Turnkey.  Guaranteed!

Don’t compromise your vision.  Discover just what you can accomplish with the right assistance!

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America's First Choice Provider of Nonprofit Formation Services!

Starting a Successful Nonprofit Isn’t Easy

The average nonprofit started in America has a less than 50% chance of surviving to its fifth year. Furthermore, a study by the Taxpayer Advocate’s Office found that nearly 40% of recently-formed nonprofits were improperly structured.

Attempting to start a nonprofit on your own, without seeking the help of an experienced professional, may lead you into costly pitfalls. The formation process itself can be overwhelming and frustrating. Missteps taken in the beginning may put your nonprofit vision at risk. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You Need Experienced Help

Most ideas for a new nonprofit do not start in full compliance. You need professionals to take your vision and mold it into a nonprofit entity that will survive the test of time. After all, you don’t want to start just any nonprofit. You want to become a success story that is ethically structured and maximizes impact.

In our experience in helping start over 16,000 nonprofits, we know that those who partner with Foundation Group have a huge head start at long-term success. Imagine delivering to the IRS a 501(c)(3) application, one that accurately represents your vision, prepared by our team of experts. Plus, you can have the comfort of knowing we tackle any IRS questions or concerns on your behalf.  Along the way, you will get powerful insights and strategic advice that will jump-start your vision with compliant best practice.

Start a Nonprofit… The SureStart™ Way!

What if you could ensure that your nonprofit was set up from day one with a rock-solid foundation? We have developed a unique, consultative approach designed to incorporate your nonprofit, secure 501(c)(3) status and help you achieve long-term success.

It’s not just document preparation…frankly, lots of people can fill out forms. Starting a successful nonprofit requires much more than that.  We deeply engage with you, helping you to structure your nonprofit the right way, so that you accomplish your mission and avoid the pitfalls.

I would definitely recommend Foundation Group to anyone who is going through this process and I'm very glad we used their services. I don't think I could have done it without them.
Charles Gallatin
Charles Gallatin
Excellent group to use if you are looking for a stress free and worry free process of dealing with the IRS.
Adonis Lenzy
Adonis Lenzy
Look no further, Foundation Group is America's most experienced, most trusted resource for nonprofit formation and compliance services.
Trish Batten
Trish Batten
I can't say enough good about the experience I had when creating my non profit. They make it easy and systematic.
Kristan Sapp Cole
Kristan Sapp Cole
Foundation group is amazingly thorough and experienced in all aspects of forming and becoming compliant to all IRS requirements. It saved us countless hours of research and paperwork which we could devote to developing our non-profit organization.
Marilyn Anne Nugent
Marilyn Anne Nugent
Foundation Group are experts in the 501c3 process that make applying for 501c3 a stress free and enjoyable experience. A real team effort.
Susan Frailey
Susan Frailey
My experience 12 years ago with the Foundation Group was excellent. My recent experience was even better! Their staff, my team, was very knowledgeable and professional. I appreciate all they have done for me and my nonprofit. I would highly recommend they to anyone needing this service.
Chase Kemp
Chase Kemp
I would recommend the Foundation Group to anyone starting a 501c3... Don't try to do this yourself, these are the professionals...
Martin Pollock
Martin Pollock
It wasn't easy but I will owe a lot of my Foundation's success to the success of your staff, from the receptionist to the consultants. When I was discouraged, it was your Tennessee courtesy, patience and your confidence that kept me on the road map, on course to obtaining my 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt status... Hooyah-
Don Scans
Don Scans
Love this group! Could not have gotten our 501c3 status if it was not for them. Not only did they help organize all the paperwork but they talked me off the ledge many times when I was worried about a potential problem. I highly recommend them!
Rachel Miller Lamb
Rachel Miller Lamb
Incredible organization who have helped us every step of the way! The team of knowledgeable professionals have always gone out of their way to provide unparalleled service. There's no challenge too small for them to help with, and no question too difficult for them to provide answers for. Whether you're looking to start a nonproft or make sure you stay compliant, Foundation Group is the right name to trust!
DG Thomae
DG Thomae
those guys are the most professional, kind quick responders as I ever dealt with. they are always nice on the phone very informative. I couldn't do all that process without them. thank you guys
Chuck Rubin
Chuck Rubin
Wow, wow, wow!! Our approval came through for non-profit status for One Million Solutions in Health - without a hitch! I would recommend your organization to EVERYONE. You have a well-oiled machine that brought us the successful result we were looking for, without wasting any time. Well worth the money ... we are another success story in your 100% approval rate! Thanks a MILLION!! Dawn
Dawn Van Dam
Dawn Van Dam
I cannot say enough good about this organization! The communication has been exceptional. Their support is encouraging and reassuring. Any 501c3 start-up can be quite detailed and/or difficult. Their knowledge of the field and expertise has helped me over and over as I work through this start up process. A year ago, I hired a lawyer for over $3,000 who promised me the world in starting up my 501c3. I did all the start-up work and completed the 30 page application with all the requirements. He never filed. He gave one excuse after another, and finally I just walked away and had to cut my losses. I have hesitated doing anything since as I couldn't afford another financial hit like that one. As I talked with the Foundation Group, they clearly, and explicitly walked through the process with me. I understood completely what they offered and provided!! They were the answer to prayer I have been look for this past year!!
Jane Slusher Pendell
Jane Slusher Pendell
What a truly committed organization to assist in working with you to achieve your Goal. Great company we feel truly blessed to be wording with them.
Jay Macaluso
Jay Macaluso
Excellent!! Foundation Group is there to hold your hand as you develop your non-profit. Thank you.
Shirley Ford
Shirley Ford
Five stars are not enough for Foundation Group! From the first contact, they have been honest, efficient and they have a heart of a teacher! We put 100% trust in them because we knew nothing about the process and every person involved with our process was wonderful!
Tim Heston Timoteo
Tim Heston Timoteo
Their insight and understanding of this complex industry is second to none.
Michael Muaina
Michael Muaina
I can't say enough ... so I'll start with :THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! SO VERY MUCH !Thank you for guiding me through EVERY STEP !My Heart Is So Full I Can Hardly Speak. I Don't Know If My Vison Would Have Come To Light If I Had Not Found Your Company. I Believed I've Cried A Million Tears Since Receiving The Letter From The IRS.Seeing My Vison Turn To Reality Is Truly Nothing Short Of AMAZING ! Again Thank You For All That You Do ! The Antwan Dominique Reese Foundation, Inc. We are a 501(c)3 Organization ! 🙂
Dionne Haynes-Brown
Dionne Haynes-Brown
Greatest information I have found for helping know more about the work I do. Thanks, Peace!
Joseph Michael Melendez
Joseph Michael Melendez

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Our Guarantee

We make a guarantee to our clients that their 501(c)(3) applications will be IRS approved. We are able to make that promise because, in our over 22 years of experience, we have worked with nearly every imaginable type of nonprofit startup in all 50 U.S. states and territories. We know how to take your idea and make it a success.

Let’s Get Started

If you want to start a nonprofit the right way, one that is genuinely built to last, you need Foundation Group. Contact us today, and let’s get started. Call us at (888) 361-9445 for a free consultation.  Or better yet, complete the inquiry form and we will contact you!  Soon, you can join the ranks of our more than 15,000 nonprofit success stories!

How It Works

Every nonprofit startup engagement we provide is a complete solution, including:

Comprehensive Consultation

Great nonprofits start with compliant, best practice.  You will be paired with one of our Nonprofit Exemption Specialists who has specific expertise in your type of nonprofit. Your Specialist will deeply engage with you about your proposed nonprofit, helping you structure it the right way, so that you accomplish your mission and avoid costly mistakes.

Forms & Applications Preparation

Our Document Team prepares and packages all the necessary forms and applications for state incorporation and IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption…even for your Federal ID number.  We not only put your application package together, we also represent your file while it’s under IRS review and guarantee 501(c)(3) approval!

Charitable Solicitations Registration

Soliciting the public for donations requires your nonprofit to be registered with your state’s Division of Charities.  Rules and regulations vary widely, so you need professionals who know how to navigate this sea of red tape.  Our Compliance Team will ensure your organization is ready to seek donor support.

Plus, you are automatically enrolled in our FG Assurance™ Program, with a complimentary 1st year membership.

Your nonprofit’s needs go well beyond getting started.  FG Assurance is our exclusive, annual compliance solution that ensures your organization stays on top of its state and federal filing requirements.  Members receive:

IRS Form 990 preparation
Oversight of your accounting records
Access to our FG Knowledgebase and program-specific resource materials
Periodic, members-only educational webinars
Message-board and appointment access to our team of experts, at no add’l fee

Finally, SureStart clients also receive 6 months free, full-access trials from our partners at Aplos, the #1 Cloud Accounting Platform for Nonprofits, and Kindful, Fundraising + Donor Database Software:


I am so glad that I stumbled on the Foundation Group from an internet search.  At first I thought, “How hard could this be to file all the paperwork with the IRS?  I already run my own business.”  So I bought one of those “how-to” books from the internet.  I started reading it and thought there is NO way I can do this. I quickly picked up the phone and called Foundation Group.  They were amazing and put me at ease from the very beginning. Being extremely busy like most of us, I absolutely loved their online technology. It was easy to follow.  I was so impressed with the amount of time they spent with me in the interview process.  They really wanted to understand my heart and plan for this nonprofit. They wanted to dot every “i” and cross every “t” to make sure that we started our ministry/nonprofit with a firm foundation.  Don’t look for a friend of a friend who “might” be able to help you do this for free.  You get what you pay for.  If you are really serious about starting a 501(c)(3), you need a professional company that will get the job done and do everything you have no idea that really needs to get done. Don’t waste your time looking for another company…you have found the right one.

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Mike Dileo
Princess Project, Inc.

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Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit
Introducing the SureStart nonprofit formation system.
Cost-Effective. Turnkey. Guaranteed!

Don’t compromise your vision. Discover just what you can accomplish with the right assistance!