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Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

SureStart™ provides the essential services you need to start your nonprofit the right way!

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Starting a nonprofit is complicated.  Our seasoned professionals know how to take your idea and help you to create a fully-functioning, 501(c)(3) organization that is IRS-compliant, properly structured, and poised for real success!

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Start Your Nonprofit, the SureStart Way

Every SureStart startup engagement provides essential solutions for your startup nonprofit, including:

Personal Exemption Specialist

Expertise matters!  That’s why every SureStart client is paired with one of our in-house Nonprofit Exemption Specialists, who is an expert in the particular type of organization you are starting.  They will dive deep into your plans, and work with you to establish your nonprofit according to compliant, best practice.

Oversight by IRS-Licensed Tax Specialists

Credentials matter, too!  Foundation Group is the only non-CPA/non-attorney specialty firm in America providing true tax advice and counsel for nonprofits.  Our team is led by an IRS-licensed Enrolled Agent, ensuring federal and state tax compliance for all SureStart clients.

Name Availability

Your nonprofit’s name is your brand.  We research name availability in your state, prior to incorporation, so that you can secure the name you most want or the closest variant possible.

Federal EIN

We apply for your required Federal Employer Identification Number, or FEIN, which is the numeric identifier assigned to your nonprofit by the IRS.  It is similar to how a Social Security identifies an individual.

Articles of Incorporation

Sometimes called a Charter, this is the document that legally establishes your nonprofit corporation in your chosen home state.  Your date of incorporation is usually considered the official, legal birthday of your nonprofit.  We prepare your Articles of Incorporation for you to file with your state’s Corporations Office.

Bylaws

Your bylaws are one of your most important legal documents.  They dictate how your nonprofit will be governed by its board of directors. We prepare state- and IRS-compliant, draft bylaws that are best suited to your unique needs. Or, if you already have bylaws, we will review for compliance and advise/amend at your direction.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The IRS requires 501(c)(3) organizations to have a policy that dictates how its leadership will manage conflict-of-interest.  We provide an IRS-approved Conflict of Interest Policy that is plug-and-play ready, and will help your leadership avoid unnecessary problems.

IRS 501(c)(3) Status

This is where it all comes together!  We prepare your IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption application and represent it while under IRS review.  We’re approaching 20,000 IRS approvals with 100% success, since 1995.  Your success is money-back guaranteed!

State Fundraising Registration*

The vast majority of states require nonprofits to register with their Division of Charities prior to seeking donor support or initiating other revenue generating activities.  Our Compliance Team works with you to get you registered in your home state, unlocking your ability to raise the funds you need.

State Tax Exemption*

Some states’ Division of Taxation requires nonprofits to obtain a state equivalent to IRS 501(c)(3) status in order to be corporate tax exempt. California and Texas are especially complex in this regard.  We work with you to apply for and receive state exemption where necessary.

IRS Form 990 Preparation (1st Year)*

Equivalent to a corporate tax return for nonprofits, IRS Form 990 must be filed annually by all 501(c)(3) organizations. Failure to file can result in having your nonprofit’s 501(c)(3) status revoked.  All SureStart clients can rest assured, knowing their first year’s Form 990 preparation is included in their startup package.

Ongoing Consultation*

SureStart clients are provided one year of ongoing access to our consulting staff by appointment or online message center.  Get the answers you need to make better decisions, reduce risk, and grow your organization.

*SureStart Complete™ Plan.  See comparison chart below.

OUR GUARANTEE:  Your 501(c)(3) application will be IRS approved, or your money back!

“Setting up a 501(c)(3) is a daunting undertaking that requires a LOT of patience and drive.  Foundation Group came highly recommended and they did not disappoint!  From the very first contact, their staff were amazing. The knowledge, willingness to teach, guide, encourage, and push at times, was refreshing.  They listened to our mission, and made sure that everything we did was in compliance with the legal requirements, while staying true to our vision.  Well worth the investment!”

Richard E.
One In A Million Organization
 

Watch Foundation Group’s founder and CEO, Greg McRay, being interviewed about SureStart™ on Lifetime’s, The Balancing Act.

Choose the SureStart™ Plan That's Right For You
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  • Name AvailabilityVerification that your desired corporate name is available in your stateName Availability
  • Articles of IncorporationSometimes called a Charter, this is the document that establishes your nonprofit corporation. We prepare your Articles for you to file with your state.Articles of Incorporation
  • Draft BylawsYour bylaws dictate how your nonprofit will be governed. We prepare IRS compliant, initial bylaws that are best suited to your unique needs. Or, if you already have bylaws, we will review for compliance and advise/amend at your direction.Draft Bylaws
  • Conflict of Interest PolicyThe IRS requires 501(c)(3) organizations to have a policy that dictates how its leadership will manage conflict-of-interest.Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Federal EINThis is your federal identification number, much like a Social Security number is for an individual. It is a requirement for all business entities, other than Sole ProprietorshipsFederal EIN
  • Personal Exemption SpecialistEvery SureStart client is assigned to one our nonprofit experts, who will dive deep into your plans, and work with you to establish your nonprofit according to compliant, best practice.Personal Exemption Specialist
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Status (Guaranteed!)Approaching 20,000 IRS approvals with 100% success, since 1995IRS 501(c)(3) Status (Guaranteed!)
  • Oversight by IRS-Licensed Tax SpecialistFoundation Group is the only non-CPA specialty service provider for nonprofit formation services that legally offers tax advice. Our team is led by an IRS-credentialed Enrolled Agent, who works to ensure federal and state tax compliance for all SureStart clients. We represent your case under IRS power of attorney (if required), assuring your success.Oversight by IRS-Licensed Tax Specialist
  • Personal Compliance SpecialistOnce your nonprofit is formed, our Compliance team takes over to keep your organization in total compliance with state and federal requirements.Personal Compliance Specialist
  • State Tax ExemptionCRITICAL! Many states' Division of Taxation requires nonprofits to obtain a state equivalent to IRS 501(c)(3) status in order to be corporate tax exempt. California and Texas are especially complex in this regard.State Tax Exemption
  • State Fundraising RegistrationCRITICAL! The vast majority of states require 501(c)(3) organizations to register with the Division of Charities prior to seeking donor support or initiating other revenue generating activities.State Fundraising Registration
  • IRS Form 990 Preparation (1st Year)CRITICAL! Equivalent to a corporate tax return for nonprofits, Form 990 must be filed annually by all 501(c) organizations. Failure to file can result in having your nonprofit's 501(c)(3) status revoked.IRS Form 990 Preparation (1st Year)
  • Ongoing ConsultationOne year of access to our consulting staff by appointment or online message centerOngoing Consultation
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  • Name Availability
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Draft Bylaws
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Federal EIN
  • Personal Exemption Specialist
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Status (Guaranteed!)
  • Oversight by IRS-Licensed Tax Specialist
  • Personal Compliance Specialist
  • State Tax Exemption
  • State Fundraising Registration
  • IRS Form 990 Preparation (1st Year)
  • Ongoing Consultation
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    Total Compliance Solution

  • Name Availability
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Draft Bylaws
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Federal EIN
  • Personal Exemption Specialist
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Status (Guaranteed!)
  • Oversight by IRS-Licensed Tax Specialist
  • Personal Compliance Specialist
  • State Tax Exemption
  • State Fundraising Registration
  • IRS Form 990 Preparation (1st Year)
  • Ongoing Consultation
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