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Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

Introducing the SureStart nonprofit formation plan.

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.

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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.

Learn more about our Consultative Approach to nonprofit formation, and why it’s so important.

Trust Our Team of Career Nonprofit Experts

Starting a nonprofit is complicated.  Many business plans we hear sound great, but need considerable work to be truly ready-to-launch.  You need seasoned professionals to take your vision and help you mold it into a nonprofit entity that is fully compliant, properly structured, and ready to maximize impact.

In our 23 years of experience working with thousands of startup nonprofits, we know that those who partner with Foundation Group have a huge head start at long-term success. Our experts dig deep with you to understand your program, identify opportunities, risks, and areas of concern, then put together the necessary documents and applications that accurately represent your vision. 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.

Client Feedback
Amazing service! Highly recommend.
Mark Moore Jr.
Mark Moore Jr.
2018-09-12T12:45:52+0000
The entire team at the Foundation Group were great! Jim, Heather, and Lauren were incredible! Our nonprofit UpLift US learned so much in this process, and we are thankful for all the guidance and support! It was painless and faster than I thought! The communication was clear and professional the entire way! It was well worth the money!
Shannon Kern
Shannon Kern
2018-07-26T16:37:29+0000
I am a Veteran and get stressed super easy, Heather Young has always gone beyond the call of duty. She has walked me through paper work over and over again. They are a great organization for doing your Nonprofit paper work and Heather continues to help us along here in Southern California ���Sandy Dee and my service dogLONDON
Sandy Dee
Sandy Dee
2018-06-14T20:39:45+0000
The folks at Foundation Group really went the distance in helping me get the documentation I needed to get GLS Veterans Home its 501c3 status. The process took me about a year to get completed (due to challenges on my end). Through it all they hung in there and helped me when I needed a question answered, if I didn't understand something in the process.Once I was able to gain the information I needed to get to them, the process went quickly. They were extremely efficient and helpful throughout the whole process.Heather Young was courteous, kind and helpful as were the rest of the folks there. If/when I ever decide to start another non-profit, I would definitely use their services again.Thank you to everyone at Foundation Group.
GL Skye
GL Skye
2018-06-14T20:34:45+0000
Foundation Group can be trusted to help you with your visions for good works.... Apostle Williams Obidozie.
Obidozie Williams
Obidozie Williams
2018-05-14T23:27:58+0000
Without the Foundation Group, my dream of starting a foundation would have been put on hold for another year. They made the process easy and understandable. Great resouce, great group of people helping others do great things.
Victoria Wright
Victoria Wright
2018-05-13T14:51:04+0000
Excellent group of professionals that assisted tremendously and laid out a clear process in a very complex project .
Francisco Santander
Francisco Santander
2018-04-17T13:06:04+0000
I spoke with May via the free consultation and am so pleased that I did. She explained everything to me in terms that I could understand, offered helpful advice, and overall made this an easier experience than I was expecting. I cannot recommend her enough!
Dixie Atkins
Dixie Atkins
2018-02-08T23:12:52+0000
Professionals who guide those who want to start a nonprofit manage all the compliance and paperwork without it becoming overwhelming. I have to say I have felt like we were given some sort of huge gift finding Foundation Group to help us start KINEKS Foundation.Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Rebecca Gigliotti-Barton
Rebecca Gigliotti-Barton
2018-02-01T01:09:55+0000
Working with Foundation Group to establish our 501(c)3 was a decision that saved us time, work, headaches, confusion and tears. We are very pleased with the outcome.
Lynn M. Scates Adams
Lynn M. Scates Adams
2018-01-18T19:58:23+0000
I would recommend this company to anyone that wants to become successful in whatever they build.
Jean Markham
Jean Markham
2017-12-21T20:20:20+0000
Rodney L Smith Jr.
Rodney L Smith Jr.
2017-12-21T18:37:13+0000
Jason Raber
Jason Raber
2017-12-12T23:14:36+0000
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
2017-11-01T14:19:39+0000
Kimberly LaVette Hackett
Kimberly LaVette Hackett
2017-10-24T21:27:59+0000
Jaime Mahmud-López
Jaime Mahmud-López
2017-10-05T20:08:51+0000
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
2017-09-18T16:39:31+0000
Emily Love Dilworth
Emily Love Dilworth
2017-09-06T02:15:49+0000
Look no further, Foundation Group is America's most experienced, most trusted resource for nonprofit formation and compliance services.
Trish Batten
Trish Batten
2017-08-22T19:02:21+0000
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
2017-08-18T01:23:32+0000
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
2017-07-23T23:46:17+0000
Don B Peppers
Don B Peppers
2017-07-16T19:41:54+0000
Alex Herrera
Alex Herrera
2017-05-24T17:44:47+0000
Branden Lee
Branden Lee
2017-05-15T00:42:41+0000
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
2017-05-13T19:23:45+0000
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
2017-04-25T23:32:36+0000
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
2017-04-25T10:35:28+0000
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
2017-04-25T07:17:32+0000
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
2017-04-10T17:51:12+0000
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
2017-03-31T13:58:56+0000
Alan Riser
Alan Riser
2017-03-22T16:10:05+0000
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
2017-03-14T19:22:20+0000
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
2017-03-09T18:52:13+0000
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
2017-02-27T20:52:49+0000
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
2017-02-14T17:15:28+0000
Excellent!! Foundation Group is there to hold your hand as you develop your non-profit. Thank you.
Shirley Ford
Shirley Ford
2017-02-04T04:34:29+0000
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
2017-01-12T15:26:14+0000
Their insight and understanding of this complex industry is second to none.
Michael Muaina
Michael Muaina
2017-01-09T22:30:04+0000
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
2016-11-02T01:26:02+0000
Greatest information I have found for helping know more about the work I do. Thanks, Peace!
Joseph Michael Melendez
Joseph Michael Melendez
2016-09-27T15:09:34+0000

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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 17,000 nonprofit success stories!

How It Works

Every SureStart 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 Assurance™ Program, with a complimentary 1st year membership.

Your nonprofit’s needs go well beyond getting started.  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, due to our close partnership with the Kindful Company, SureStart clients get access to Kindful’s best-in-class donor management platform for a full year, at no cost.  This powerful, cloud-based software (a $1,200 value) will provide you with the tools you need to be able to acquire donors, keep your transaction data organized, and manage donors with ease.

For more details about Kindful, click here to view our Kindful feature breakdown.

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Also Available: SureStart Lite™

SureStart Lite is a startup solution for new organizations primarily concerned about state incorporation and IRS 501(c)(3) status.  Just like with our bigger SureStart program, our team of professionals will work with you to create a new nonprofit according to compliant, best practice, and guarantee IRS approval.

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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)
  • Sales Tax ExemptionMany states allow charitable organizations to be exempt from paying sales taxes on purchases. For those states which do, we prepare the applications for you.Sales Tax Exemption
  • Kindful Fundraising SoftwareThrough our partnership with Kindful, all SureStart clients get one year of complementary access to their best-in-class donor management platform (a $1,200 value).Kindful Fundraising Software
  • Ongoing ConsultationOne year of access to our consulting staff by appointment or online message centerOngoing Consultation
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  • SureStart Lite

  • 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)
  • Sales Tax Exemption
  • Kindful Fundraising Software
  • Ongoing Consultation
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  • SureStart

    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)
  • Sales Tax Exemption
  • Kindful Fundraising Software
  • Ongoing Consultation

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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Successfully Starting a New Nonprofit
  • Defining Your Nonprofit's Purpose
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Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit
Introducing the SureStart nonprofit formation system.
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Understanding IRS Form 990
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Understanding Charitable Solicitations
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