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Silver Launchpad

Standard Formation

$97

+ State fee

INCLUDES:

Formation

  • Preparation of Articles of Incorporation

  • Document filing with the Secretary of State

  • Comprehensive Name Search

  • Registered Agent

  • Customized Bylaws

  • Customized Conflict of Interest

  • Federal EIN Business Tax Number

  • Form 1023-EZ

  • Guaranteed 501(c)(3) Approval

  • Essential Guide to Nonprofit Documents

  • Document Repository

Gold Launchpad

Premium Formation

$297

+ State fee

INCLUDES:

Formation

  • Preparation of Articles of Incorporation

  • Document filing with the Secretary of State

  • Comprehensive Name Search

  • Registered Agent

  • Customized Bylaws

  • Customized Conflict of Interest

  • Federal EIN Business Tax Number

  • Form 1023-EZ

  • Guaranteed 501(c)(3) Approval

  • Essential Guide to Nonprofit Documents

  • Document Repository

Platinum Launchpad

Ultimate Formation

$997

+ State fee & IRS Filing Fee:$283

INCLUDES:

Formation

  • Preparation of Articles of Incorporation

  • Document filing with the Secretary of State

  • Comprehensive Name Search

  • Registered Agent

  • Customized Bylaws

  • Customized Conflict of Interest

  • Federal EIN Business Tax Number

  • Form 1023-EZ Application*

  • Guaranteed 501(c)(3) Approval*

  • Essential Guide to Nonprofit Documents

  • Document Repository**

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State and Federal Filing

Launch your organization with our three-step nonprofit filing service.

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Start Your Application

Why embark on this journey solo? Complete & verify your profile information in as little as 30 minutes. Then we take everything from there!.

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We File Your Paperwork

Your nonprofit specialist will review your information and prepare all documents and file them directly with your Secretary of State.

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Receive Your Documents

You’ll receive your nonprofit paperwork digitally and by mail.If you choose the Platinum Package, We’ll submit your 501(c)3 package for approval.

Get your Nonprofit, C-Corp, or B-Corp started today. Select your package.

Let's make your organization official with the right package for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the price quoted include the state filing fee?

Yes, the price includes the prescribed state fee required to file the Articles of Incorporation/Organization.

Should I reserve my name before placing an order?

Do not reserve your company name. We initiate the company filing process within one day of order receipt. However, reserving the company name might introduce a delay to the filing procedure. If you've already secured the name reservation, please get in touch with us promptly after placing your order. This will allow us to proceed with the filing, attaching the name reservation to the articles of formation.

We verify that the name you have in mind is legally available in your state.

What is a registered agent and why do I need it?

A registered agent is a legal requirement for your nonprofit startup, ensuring a designated recipient for essential legal notices, such as lawsuits and tax documents, for consistent communication and compliance. Their local presence ensures dependable document handling and enhances privacy by safeguarding leaders' addresses and streamlining document forwarding. They also aid in compliance by sending reminders for deadlines and requirements, maintaining your nonprofit's good standing.

Will I have the option to act as my own Registered Agent?

You have the option to serve as your own Registered Agent. We provide the Registered Agent Service at no cost for the first year. Please let us know if you wish to be your own registered agent.

Do you actually prepare my documents and applications?

Yes, we do! We ask for some information from you online, such as your nonprofit's name, state of incorporation, and contact information. Your nonprofit specialist reviews that information and discusses it with you. Your specialist prepares all your forms and sends you drafts to review before filing.

Which Type of Nonprofit Organization is Right for Me?

There are four primary types of nonprofits in the United States, each with slightly different objectives and organizational structures, but all enjoy tax-exempt status!

Public Charities/501(c)(3) Organizations:

Public charities, also known as 501(c)(3) organizations, typically offer low-cost or free services to the public using funds generated from donations. These donations can come from private individuals or fundraising events specifically organized to secure financial support from members or supporters. Examples of public charities include food banks and animal welfare organizations.Socia

Advocacy Organizations:

Social advocacy nonprofits, classified as 501(c)(4) by the IRS, are membership-based and aim to achieve specific goals related to political change without pursuing profits. They utilize donations and membership dues to disseminate information that supports a particular social agenda. Familiar examples of social advocacy organizations include the NAACP and the ACLU.

Foundations:

Foundations, like charities, fall under the 501(c)(3) category. They work to enhance the community, whether by providing financial support to local, smaller nonprofits or organizing events that benefit communities. Foundations are funded by and make contributions on behalf of an associated for-profit corporation. They are required to donate a certain percentage of their income to other organizations every year.

Trade and Professional Organizations:

These organizations are classified as 501(c)(6). They typically focus on advancing and promoting the business interests of their members and primarily rely on membership dues for funding. Common examples of trade and professional organizations include chambers of commerce and real estate boards.

Are There Specific Rules For My State?

Each state has its unique set of incorporation laws and procedures, encompassing various aspects of forming and operating a corporation. These state-specific regulations cover reserving and registering corporate names, filing articles of incorporation, designating registered agents, adopting corporate bylaws, meeting reporting and record-keeping requirements, adhering to various fees and taxes, defining director and officer roles, and outlining shareholder rights. It's crucial for individuals and organizations seeking incorporation to carefully review and adhere to the specific laws and regulations of the state where they plan to incorporate, often requiring legal or professional guidance to ensure compliance and informed decision-making.

What are articles of incorporation, and why do I need it?

Articles of incorporation, also known as the "charter" or "certificate of incorporation," is a legal document you must file with the state government when establishing a nonprofit organization. Articles of incorporation for a nonprofit are essential because they establish the legal foundation for your organization, define its purpose and structure, and enable you to gain tax-exempt status, among other benefits. They are a fundamental step in creating and maintaining a nonprofit entity.

Your specialist will complete your articles of incorporation for you to review and file with the state.

What are the nonprofit bylaws and why do I need it?

Bylaws for a nonprofit organization are a set of rules and regulations that govern the internal operations and management of the organization. They are a critical document that outlines how the nonprofit will be run, including its structure, decision-making processes, and various operational procedures.

We will draft customized bylaws tailored to your nonprofit organization, outlining governance procedures for the board of directors and incorporating specific provisions mandated by the IRS.

What is a conflict of interest policy, and why do I need it?

A nonprofit conflict of interest policy is a formal document outlining guidelines and procedures for addressing conflicts within the organization, ensuring transparency, accountability, and ethical operation. This policy promotes transparency through mandatory conflict disclosure among board members, officers, and key employees. It establishes conflict resolution procedures, upholds integrity, and complies with state and regulatory requirements, along with IRS encouragement. It offers legal protection and reputation management by setting conflict-handling expectations and aligning decisions with the nonprofit's best interests, making it essential for governance.

Your specialist will create a conflict of interest policy which applies to your board of directors. This policy is required by the IRS when applying for 501(c)(3) status.

What is Federal EIN, and why do I need it for my nonprofit?

A Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is a unique nine-digit identifier vital for nonprofit organizations. It's indispensable for tax reporting, facilitating financial transactions, managing employment taxes, applying for tax-exempt status, meeting legal and compliance requirements, and protecting individuals' identities. Whether filing tax returns, opening bank accounts, or conducting various nonprofit operations, the EIN is a fundamental requirement that ensures the smooth functioning and compliance of your nonprofit entity.

We obtain a new Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS for your organization.

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What is Form 1023-EZ?

Form 1023-EZ is a simplified version of IRS Form 1023, used by U.S. nonprofit organizations to apply for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It's designed for smaller nonprofits with annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less and total assets of $250,000 or less. This streamlined form simplifies the application process, making it quicker and less complex. However, organizations should carefully review IRS eligibility criteria to determine if they qualify for Form 1023-EZ or if they should use the full Form 1023. Eligibility rules may change, so it's important to consult current IRS guidelines when seeking tax-exempt status.

What is 501(c) Approval?

501(c)(3) approval is the IRS-issued recognition that a nonprofit organization in the United States qualifies for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, granting tax benefits, eligibility for grants, and enhanced credibility while imposing compliance obligations.

Your specialist will ensure the thorough completion of your application, identifying all necessary schedules, attachments, and supporting information, and will handle any essential follow-up with the IRS until your group successfully obtains its 501(c)(3) status.

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What is Initial Fundraising Registration?

Initial Fundraising Registration refers to the mandatory process by which charitable organizations seek legal authorization to solicit donations from the public in specific states. This process is vital because fundraising activities are regulated at the state level in the United States, and each state has its own distinct set of requirements and regulations. To initiate this process, charitable organizations must typically submit comprehensive applications to the respective state agencies, often under the purview of the Attorney General's office, detailing financial information, fundraising plans, governance structures, and more. Fees, supporting documentation, and ongoing reporting obligations may also be part of the registration process. Compliance with these state-specific requirements is essential to ensure nonprofits can legally engage in fundraising activities and avoid potential legal issues or penalties.

Your specialist will complete your initial fundraising registration application and send the completed documents to you for filing.

*Platinum Launchpad

For organizations projecting donations of less than $50k in any of initial three years.

  • 1023 EZ Application

  • Small to medium nonprofits

  • 6-12 week average approval

  • IRS Filing Fee is due prior to file submission (add'l $283)

We do have an Enterprise package for organizations anticipating donations exceeding $50,000 within the first three years, the fee is $1297 plus government fees. Eligible organization types comprise Large Budget Organizations, Churches, Schools, Hospitals, and Private Foundations, with an average approval time ranging from 3 to 6 months. We'll complete the Long-Form 1023 Application.

** FREE Access to Board Director to house all of your filings for one year.

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*We are committed to empowering nonprofits, B-Corps, and C-Corps to achieve their financial goals. However, it's important to note that success in revenue generation can vary widely depending on numerous factors, including the organization's specific mission, strategy, and external economic conditions. While we provide valuable guidance and support, we do not guarantee or imply a particular financial outcome. It's crucial for organizations to actively involve their founders, boards, and stakeholders or shareholders in the decision-making process and take proactive steps to maximize their financial potential. Success often relies on the dedication and collaborative efforts of the organization's leadership and supporters.