Typically, IRS 501(c)(3) approval takes between 2 and 12 months, inclusive of likely written follow-up questions. Sometimes it takes a little less; sometimes a little more. Expedited review can be requested if a new organization is being formed to provide immediate disaster relief or if a promised grant is both 1) substantial relative to the organization’s budget and 2) the grant has a specifically- defined expiration date. There is no guarantee the IRS will grant expedited review requests.

One of the primary reasons for the long review period is the amount of time it takes for a particular case to assigned to a review agent. Depending upon the volume of applications being received by the IRS at any given time, we've seen "inventory" periods be as short as 30 days and as long as 8 months.

Filers of Form 1023-EZ should experience a shorter time frame due to the streamlined process of the e-filing.

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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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