To start your Non Profit, answer a few simple questions, like:
- The name of your non-profit
- The state where you’d like to form
- The primary purpose of your non-profit
Filling out the secure and confidential questionnaire is completely free. Most people finish in under 15 minutes. If you need a little longer, don’t worry – we save your answers so that you can return at any time. And you can always change your answers – even after you purchase.
We look forward to working with your organization. Please complete the following information to get started. A representative will contact you shortly after you have completed this information. If there is information that you do not have or that you don’t know how to answer, state “I don’t know” or “I need help answering this question.”read more
About The Documents
Six (6) required legal documents for your organization, carefully prepared by our trained professionals.
Nine (9) More Legal Documents you will find useful for your organization.
- Unanimous Written Consent of Directors (for Corporate Resolutions). This is the easiest way to get things done if you don’t want to wait until your Annual Meeting of Board of Directors and don’t wish to call a Special Meeting of Board of Directors (maybe it’s not convenient for your directors to get together). A corporate resolution is especially useful for amendments to Articles or Bylaws and to replace a director or officer, but can be used for many other purposes as well.
- Resignation of Director or Officer. This form can be used if a director or officer resigns.
- Unanimous Written Consent of Directors to Set Time and Date for Annual Meeting of Board of Directors. If we prepare your Bylaws, the time and date will not be set so you can change the time and date without amending your Bylaws. (You must notify the IRS when you amend your Bylaws.) It is a good idea to set the time and date by using this form.
- Unanimous Written Consent of Directors to Change Location of Annual Meeting of Board of Directors. If we prepare your Bylaws, they state that the Annual Meeting of Board of Directors will be held at the principal office of the corporation. You may state a different location if you prefer by corporate resolution or if it is a one-time change, with the Waiver of Notice and Consent to Holding of Annual Meeting of Board of Directors.
- Unanimous Written Consent of Directors to Establish End of Annual Accounting Period. If we prepare your Bylaws, we will establish the end of your Annual Accounting Period. If you want to change this date, or if you use your own Bylaws and they don’t establish the end of your annual accounting period, you can use this form.
- Waiver of Notice and Consent to Holding of Annual Meeting of Board of Directors. All directors should sign the Waiver of Notice and Consent to Holding of Annual Meeting of Board of Directors to avoid a challenge to the legality of the meeting or any action taken at the meeting. This is especially important if not all directors can make it to the meeting.
- Minutes of Annual Meeting of Board of Directors. These are absolutely necessary. With our Bylaws, you can have your Annual Meeting of Board of Directors by telephone, as long as everyone at the meeting can hear each other.
- Waiver of Notice and Consent for Special Meeting of Board of Directors. All directors should sign the Waiver of Notice and Consent to Holding of Special Meeting of Board of Directors to avoid a challenge to the legality of the meeting or any action taken at the meeting. This is especially important if not all directors can make it to the meeting.
- Minutes of Special Meeting of Board of Directors. These are absolutely necessary. With our Bylaws, you can have a Special Meeting of Board of Directors by telephone, as long as everyone in the meeting can hear everyone else.
- All your 501(c)(3) documents. You won’t see them until it’s time to date and sign.
- Form 1023
Schedules as needed:
- Schedule A Churches
- Schedule B Schools, Colleges and Universities
- Schedule C Hospitals and Medical Research Organizations
- Schedule D 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations
- Schedule E Organizations Not Filing Form 1023 Within 27 Months of Formation
- Schedule F Homes for the Elderly or Handicapped and Low-Income Housing
- Schedule G Successors to Other Organizations
- Schedule H Organizations Providing Scholarships, Fellowships, Educational Loans, or Other Educational Grants to Individuals and Private Foundations Requesting Advance Approval of Individual Grant Procedures
Are you or your organization outside the U.S.A.?
Would you like your own organization in the U.S. so that you can raise money for projects in your country?
No problem. We do everything through our website or by e-mail, so it’s smooth and easy.
You will need someone in the U.S. to do some minimal tasks during the process of incorporation and securing tax-exempt status from the IRS (a phone call, printing out documents and mailing them to the Secretary of State and to the IRS). This person (or someone else in the U.S.) can be the incorporator.
You will need a resident agent who resides in the state you decide to incorporate in (whose only responsibility is to pass legal papers on to the organization). If you don’t know of anyone who can be your resident agent, you can do an Internet search for “resident agent service” and find a company that can perform this service for you. We can also assist you locating a registered agent.
Your treasurer must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident in the U.S., and your financial records must be kept in the U.S. if you wish U.S. donors to be able to deduct their donations. If your treasurer and financial records are not in the U.S., donations are normally not tax-deductible although you may receive grants from 501(c)(3) organizations.
Your directors (you need at least three) and officers do not need to reside in the U.S. or be U.S. citizens (with the exception of the treasurer already mentioned).
The organization must have a control mechanism to assure that any monies spent in your foreign country are actually going for the tax-exempt purposes you intend.
The organization cannot merely be a channel for contributions to a foreign charitable organization. Your corporation must review and approve foreign projects and have control and discretion as to the use of the contributions given to any foreign organizations.read more