Required Prep for Your 501(c)3 Strategy Session

Thank you for scheduling your 20-minute Strategy Session! Please review the information on this page. Over the years, we've found that 9 minutes of prep saves an average 24 minutes on a call!

Start any type of Tax-Exempt Nonprofit in 3 steps

1. Click "Get Started"

Choose a 501(c)3 plan based on your type of nonprofit. 

2. Enter Information

Provide the required information so we can submit your filings.

3. Relax! We do the rest.

You'll receive updates, approved documents & IRS 501(c)3 letter!

Most Express customers complete all their work in under 20 minutes;
Enterprise and Evolved in less than 60 Minutes!

Seen enough, and just want to get this party started? Let's do this!

What's it Like to Use InstantNonprofit

Amy Scruggs, Founder - Voice for Heroes

"InstantNonprofit is a one-stop shop and made a tremendous difference...they put it together and now I'm changing the lives of veterans." - Amy is a best selling author, country music recording artist, and media coach.

Erwin Valencia, Founder - Gratitude Gang

"It's such a blessing to give to the next generation, I want to tell everyone who needs help and support to go to InstantNonprofit!" 
- Erwin is the wellness coach for the NY Knicks

Melford Bibens, Serial Social Entrepreneur

"I had a magnificent experience with InstantNonprofit. It gave me the ability to apply for grants, get donations, really do everything to move my mission and my cause foirward!"

- Consultant for physicians, entrepreneurs & more

What's Included? (Hint: Everything you need!)

Our 501(c)3 Formation plans include EVERYTHING you need, in three key areas:

1. Start with State & Federal Filings

Includes bylaws, all policies, schedules, & addenda

 Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation in your State

EIN - Employer Identification Number

IRS Tax-Exempt Application (Form 1023)

All required Schedules and Addenda

Customized Bylaws and Required Policies

Expedited processing of every file

2. Nonprofit Founder's Playbook:

Management & Board Training

Because "Comprehensive 501(c)3 Corporate Governance &

Management Guides " sounds SO boring...

Here are some of our clients' favorite blueprints:

How you can legally fundraise NOW (pre-IRS approval)

Step-by-step training on recruiting & manage a board

Toolkit & training so you can run annual meetings like a pro

How to set maintenance filings on auto-pilot

... And much more

3. One-Stop Shop: Your Account Portal

Easy, secure access to ALL of your resources!

All of your Approved Nonprofit Documents

Founder’s Playbook Video Training

Nonprofit Bootcamp (Enhanced videos & worksheets)

How to Run a Board Meeting in 30 Minutes (Video Training)

Comprehensive (and growing) FAQ & Knowledge Base

Worry-free navigation of annual maintenance & more!

I want to do this, so rather than take time on a call...I'm going for it!

Our 5-Point Quality Guarantee

Join the Ranks of our Empowered Nonprofit Founders!

Nobody should experience self-doubt and confusion when starting a nonprofit organization.

There’s no excuse for your calling to go unfulfilled and your mission to fail, simply because of government red tape and misleading information on the internet.

That's why we operate with 100% transparency and careful attention to every detail - so you can focus on your mission. 

If something does come up, though, we have your back with our 5-Point Quality Guarantee.

This is why founders consistently give us A+ BBB Ratings, 5-Stars on Facebook, and awesome reviews!

Our Commitment: Your 5-Point Quality Guarantee

IRS Approval Assurance: We take you from Idea to IRS 501(c)3, guaranteed. Don't be fooled by piecemeal offers.

No "Brain Damage": Easy-to-use technology, no confusing paperwork. Your caring Specialist handles your file A to Z.

Done-For-You: Check out, create your profile, & authorize work - and you're all done! We handle everything from there.

No Secrets: No hidden fees, no surprises! You 'll know what to expect, how it works, and we'll update you along the way.

Pay-It-Forward Policy: Your feedback helps us constantly improve, so we can pay-it-forward to our next Founder.

Expert customer service. By humans.

Your caring Specialist handles your nonprofit file A to Z.

You'll receive consistent email updates and phone support from the same Nonprofit Specialist who will guide your 501(c)3  file all the way through our proven process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does InstantNonprofit help with grant writing or fundraising as well as filing my 501(c)3?

InstantNonprofit offers basic fundraising training & resources, 100% free upon purchase of one of our 501(c)3 Formation packages. 

We also offer professional fundraising training through a long-time partner, who raises tens of millions for a broad array of causes. 

Finally, we have a growing list of vetted grant writers who are available for introductions.

What if I already formed an LLC (or other entity), or obtained an EIN, prior to engaging InstantNonprofit?

Some customers approach InstantNonprofit for our services, hoping that they can utilize an LLC or other entity formed independently prior to engaging us.

It’s important to note that the LLC entity type is not compatible with a 501(c)3 nonprofit; if you mistakenly started an LLC for the purpose of taking a step toward starting a nonprofit, it will need to be dissolved (we can help with this). 

The correct type of entity is the Nonprofit Corporation (called a Non-Stock corporation in Virginia).

It's also important to note that even in cases where the correct entity type was filed, there is also required addenda (Purpose and Dissolution Clause), without which the IRS will reject your application.

If you filed a Nonprofit Corporation but failed to add the required language prior to starting with us, don't worry! We'll carefully examine your documents and file the proper amendment at no charge (not including government fees).

Also any EIN that is or was assigned to another entity at any time is NOT able to be applied to your new nonprofit - a new one must be obtained.

The BEST thing to do is NOTHING - it's usually better to start fresh with InstantNonprofit - because we do it all FOR you!

Can I be reimbursed, or receive a write-off against my personal income taxes, for my nonprofit startup costs?

Yes, you may choose to be reimbursed (your nonprofit can pay you back after it raises funds or receives a grant), or you can choose to write it off as a charitable donation on your personal or business income taxes.

Keep receipts for such expenditures, and it's wise to create a paper trail, such as an invoice or acknowledgement of the expense provided by the nonprofit to the source of funds.

How much does it cost, and how long does it take?

The IRS has created two paths to 501(c)3 tax-exempt status based on expected donations:

  • Organizations confident that they will raise more than $50,000 in the current tax year, or any of the following two tax years (these qualify for our Enterprise Plan)
  • One for organizations with expected donations below $50,000/year (or do not have a clear path to exceed that amount (these qualify for our Express Plan)

 About 88% of our customers qualify for Express, while the other 12% choose Enterprise. The  IRS 501(c)3 designation is the same.

If you choose the Express Plan and then exceed your wildest fundraising dreams, there is no penalty, and you do not have to re-file a thing! You will simply report your donations to the IRS  in the following year as normal.

Your investment in service fees and government filing fees is visible on the following page when you click "get started".

Can my for-profit and nonprofit work together?

Yes. You can build a strategic partnership with your for-profit and nonprofit, however, your nonprofit will be set up as it’s own entity and operate separately from your for-profit. 

If I start a nonprofit under the Express plan and exceed $50,000 in donations, what happens?


While the Enterprise package is designed for larger organizations that anticipate donations exceeding $50,000 in years 1, 2 or 3, and the Express is for organizations expeting to fall below $50,000, there are no penalties for Express customers who exceed those numbers.

The IRS does not come back and make you file another application. You simply must report your revenues on the appropriate 990 tax form.

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