If you’ve ever tried to navigate social services, you know how challenging the process can be–between juggling the unique requirements of various government agencies, filling out innumerable forms, and trying to piece together a comprehensive care plan, some families spend the significant time and money just to get the care their loved ones need.
Andrew Horn, Founder of AbilityList, one of Yippiekiyay’s recent success stories, understands the challenges these families face: “I realized that the nonprofit space as a whole was fragmented and disorganized,” Horn says. “Families throughout D.C. and across the country had no idea what programs and resources were available to them and I wanted to do something to change that.”
AbilityList aims to connect the roughly 56 million Americans with disabilities to resources, organizations, and activities available in their hometowns. The website aggregates information about not-for-profit services and for a variety of audiences across the country and organizes the information into a one-stop directory for simple, reliable access to relevant information.
On the advice of a trusted friend, AbilityList turned to Instant Nonprofit from Yippikiyay Nonprofit Solutions to expedite the company’s tax-exempt status application. Working with Yippikiyay consultants, Horn’s team collected and organized all the company data needed to enable Instant Nonprofit to automatically populate the firm’s Form 1023 for Recognition of Exemption as a 501(c)3 organization application.
Horn had heard horror stories about the mountains of paperwork required to complete the application and that in some cases, it could take as much as a year to get approved.
Our time has a price tag on it. I wanted our team to spend less time on administrative work for our 501c(3) application and more time working on the business. Instant Nonprofit streamlines the entire application process and boils it down to the basics so we know exactly what materials to include, how to present them, and when to send them.”
Working with Yippiekiyay Nonprofit Solutions proved a wise decision for Horn and his team. Thanks to the guidance AbilityList received from the Yippiekiyay consultants, the firm earned its 501c(3) designation in just a few short months.
“The whole process was painless,” Horn says. “While Yippiekiyay focused on helping us gather the information we needed for the application, the rest of our team was busy building the website and a target list of potential donors.”
Horn says that relying on Yippiekiyay’s consultants and Instant Nonprofit software to do the heavy lifting gave him peace of mind that the application process was being completed in the most accurate and efficient manner possible. He says that the company saved at least 20 hours of back-and-forth conversations with the IRS by having Yippiekiyay as the intermediary.
Instant Nonprofit’s flexible payment plan relieved the founders of a huge financial burden.
Even prior to receiving official word of AbilityList’s tax-exempt status, the fact that the application was in process resulted in immediate donations. “When donors know your 501c(3) status is pending, they’re more likely to engage in conversations with and demonstrate genuine interest in a cause,” Horn says. “Working with Yippiekiyay enabled us to solicit a $2,500 tax-deductible donation before we even began formally fundraising and invested it immediately into our infrastructure.”
“There’s almost no way for us to put a dollar value on the amount of time we saved and the guidance we received from Yippiekiyay,” Horn says. “Looking back at all we’ve been able to accomplish, it was clearly the best choice we could have made.”
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