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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.

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Start a Private Foundation

Our SureStart nonprofit formation system for Private Foundations provides professional assistance and peace of mind to giving families and others venturing into the world of philanthropy.

Don’t go it alone.  For over 20 years, we’ve been the experts in foundation startup.
It’s in our name!

Private Foundations are Unique

Private foundations are the cornerstone of philanthropy.  They play an essential role in helping fund charitable activities around the globe.  Although some may perform their own programs, most foundations are organized for the purpose of assisting public charities through grants and other giving.

Another hallmark of private foundations is their flexibility.  Control is often vested with a founding family or other closely connected group.  Funding is usually closely obtained, as well, since most private foundations do not seek public donations.  In addition, private foundations are unique in that they are only required to distribute up to 5% of net assets for charitably-related purposes, allowing for investments to continue to grow to fund future gifts.

Why a Private Foundation?

For families and others looking to establish a heritage of charitable giving, a Private Foundation provides the perfect vehicle.  Unlike a public charity, a private foundation can be managed by family members only, if you so choose.  What better way to instill a legacy of giving that can impact your family for generations!

A private foundation can be a wise choice for non-families, too, if closer control and/or closer funding are critically important to you.

You Need Experienced Help

Private foundations, while flexible, are subject to tighter compliance restrictions than charities.  You need professionals who understand those rules and who can help you establish a foundation that is ethically structured and maximizes impact.

In our experience in helping over 16,000 nonprofits, we know that those who partner with Foundation Group have a huge head start at long-term success.  Our team of experts will prepare your state and federal formation documents, and represent your case before the IRS, tackling any questions or concerns they may have on your behalf.

Best yet, you will get powerful insights and strategic advice, specific to the needs of private foundations, that will jump-start your vision with compliant best practice.  Issues like conflict-of-interest, personal services, and grant distributions don’t have to be headaches.  Trust our team to make the complex understandable.

We're Here for Ongoing Assistance

Once your private foundation is up and running, we’re still here for you.  Through our available Assurance PF™ compliance membership, our team provides:

IRS Form 990-PF preparation
State fundraising registration (if applicable)
Financial books oversight
Ongoing compliance consultation
Peace of mind!

Put Our Team to Work for You!

If you’re ready to start a legacy of giving through a private foundation, we’re ready to help you turn your vision into reality.  Reach out to our team and learn how!

Let's Talk About Your Foundation!

Please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you shortly.  The more information you provide, the better equipped our team specialist will be to answer your specific questions.

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