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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.


Private foundations are the premier vehicle for philanthropic giving in the US.  Whether started by individuals, companies, or families, a private foundation establishes a charitable entity that can impact communities worldwide…and start a legacy of giving that can be handed down to future generations.

Use this Guide Page as a content hub to learn about what a private foundation is, best practices for operating and maintaining one, and even how to start one of your own.

We wish you much success on your journey of philanthropy!

Learn About Private Foundations

What Is A Private Foundation

By definition, a private foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, usually established for the purpose of granting money to charitable causes.  They serve as philanthropic partners of charity, providing a crucial source of funding necessary for charitable programs to be successful.  <more>

How To Start A Private Foundation

Don’t go it alone.  For over 20 years, we’ve been the experts in establishing new foundations.  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.  <more>

Private Foundation Statistics (US)*

Total number of Foundations:  86,726

Total giving:  $60,244,456,505

Total assets:  $865,249,516,054

Total gifts received:  $56,699,523,467

Largest in US by assets:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – $44.3 billion
Ford Foundation – $12.4 billion
Getty Trust, J. Paul – $12 billion
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – $10.5 billion

*Source:  Foundation Center

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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
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Understanding IRS Form 990
  • What is this Filing?
  • Which Version do I File?
  • When is it Due?
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Understanding Charitable Solicitations
  • What is this Filing?
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  • Website Donations
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