There are two ways to find out if your nonprofit already has its 501c3.
1. Go to http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/ and type in your corporate name and location. The IRS takes liberal opportunity to change its web site, so if this address isn”t correct, go to http://www.irs.gov and select “Charities and Nonprofits” and then “Search for Charities.” If you don’t find your nonprofit’s name on the list, it does not necessarily mean that it does not have its 501c3 and you should go to step 2 below. (It is our experience that sometimes the IRS list is not comprehensive.)
2. Call the IRS Customer Service for nonprofit organizations at 1-877-829-5500 and give them your corporate name (and EIN if you have it). The best time to call them is about 8:35 a.m. Eastern Time. Later in the day, they may be busy and unable to take your call.
IF YOU KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR 501c 3 STATUS but have lost your determination letter and would like a copy, click here.