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How to Start a 501c3

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how to form a 501c3

So you’re wondering how to start a 501c3 nonprofit organization? Starting a 501c3 is a process. Our life blood is helping our clients navigate the process to a speedy and successful conclusion. The following are the steps required. For starters, it is important that you have taken the time to consider what type of work it will be doing and make sure that a 501c3 is the right type of entity for your vision. Don’t worry. We can help you decide that. If you are not sure, just contact us, and we can help.


Get Incorporated – You will need to file your Articles of Incorporation (may be called something different in your state) with your state and pay the state filing fee. Once you fill out and return your Corporation Questionnaire, we prepare your Articles, Bylaws, and 4 other required corporate documents, all within 5 working days, guaranteed. We email them to you in PDF format with precise instructions for mailing to your state so you complete this step with perfection.


File for Federal Tax-Exempt Status – Next you file your 501c3 application with the IRS and pay the federal filing fee. We prepare your application for you within 5 business days of receiving your 501c3 Questionnaire, guaranteed. We email your 501c3 documentation to you in PDF format with precise instructions for mailing to the IRS so you complete this step with perfection.


Get Your IRS Determination Letter – This is the “golden” IRS letter that means your application was a success. You can now celebrate!


With us at your side, it’s not nearly as complicated as you might think. It just requires planning and a partner with experience to help you painlessly through the process. With over 36 years and 2,500 applications personally prepared by Harvard lawyer David G. Marmon, we have the experience you need to help you and make your 501c3 dreams come true.