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Public Charity vs. Private Foundation

When starting a 501(c)(3) organization, there are generally two choices of how the organization will be classified. It can be a public charity or a private foundation. 

Top 10 Form 990 Audit Triggers No One Told You About

Timely and accurate filing of Form 990 is essential to the ongoing success of your nonprofit. We often run into the false notion that since it is a nonprofit filing the return, that the IRS really doesn't pay that much…

Does a Church Need 501(c)(3) Status?

A church is one of the oldest organizational types in the world.  The concept of the local Christian church in particular has existed for approximately 2,000 years.  Other religions have church histories going back much further than that.  In light…


Form 990: The Public Window Into Your Nonprofit

There are lots of reasons why your nonprofit's annual IRS Form 990 is critically important. Chief among those reasons is that it is legally required that your organization file one each year. But another important consideration is the public transparency…

How to Raise Money to Cover Startup Costs

How to Raise Money to Cover Startup Costs

Starting a new nonprofit is exciting! You have a chance to make a difference and change lives. Paying for it can be nerve-wracking or even downright scary, especially if you haven’t done much fundraising before. There are registration fees to…

Form 990

What is IRS Form 990?

The instructions for IRS Form 990, the long form, are 103 pages long. IRS Form 990-EZ, its mid-range form, instructions are 48 pages long. IRS Form 990-PF, only for private foundations - but required of all private foundations regardless of…

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