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America's First Choice for Nonprofit Startup and Compliance

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.

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.

Ricky Cain
Rating: 5

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
Rating: 5

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.

Shannon Miller
Rating: 5

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
Rating: 5

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
Rating: 5

I received our approval letter today from the IRS! I can't believe it came so quickly! Can't thank you enough...

Amy Weinstein
Rating: 5

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 Christensen

Let's Talk About Your Nonprofit!

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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 16,000 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 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.

Kindful’s features include:

  • Fundraising
  • Donor Management
  • Reporting
  • And, tight integrations with other online services

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

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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Successfully Starting a New Nonprofit
  • Defining Your Nonprofit's Purpose
  • Nonprofit Ownership
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Compensation
  • Fundraising & Compliance Basics
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!
Free eBook Download!
Understanding IRS Form 990
  • What is this Filing?
  • Which Version do I File?
  • When is it Due?
  • And Much More!
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Understanding Charitable Solicitations
  • What is this Filing?
  • Who Requires It?
  • Website Donations
  • And Much More!