California 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Service
We prepare and file your applications to set up your California nonprofit. Starting at $1,799 plus filing fees.
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Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit in California
If you are starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in California, then you are well on your way to bringing about positive change in your community! In order to carry out your mission successfully, you will need to apply with state and federal government agencies. Once you become a 501(c)(3), you will be able to raise funds, apply for grants, and operate as a true nonprofit organization. Without your 501(c)(3), you won’t get very far!
Harbor Compliance makes starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit easy. When you choose Harbor Compliance, you work directly with an experienced specialist, who gets to know your organization, and helps you with every step. Unlike many of our competitors, we fully customize all the applications for your nonprofit. As you have questions, your specialist is available to provide guidance every step of the way. We guarantee approval of your 501(c)(3) application, establishing a firm foundation for your success.
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How much does it cost to start a California nonprofit?
Our 501(c)(3) formation packages start at $1,799 plus filing fees. You can get a custom package price based on your organization’s activities and needs immediately online .
What are you getting for that price? We prepare and file all the registrations needed to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, saving you hours of time. Our specialists understand your mission, and know exactly the language and information the IRS requires to approve your application. Most importantly, you are working one-on-one with a real person for the whole process, who will answer your questions along the way.
How long does it take to start a California 501(c)(3)?
When you start a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you should budget around 6-9 months to the point when you receive your 501(c)(3) determination letter. The majority of this time is due to the IRS processing of your 501(c)(3) application, which takes 3-6 months on average but can take much longer. The secret to reducing the IRS processing time is submitting a complete application and make a compelling case for why your nonprofit should receive a tax exemption.
Here is an overview of the various steps in starting a nonprofit in California:Paperwork
- Articles of Incorporation, either:
- Form ARTS-MU - Mutual Benefit Corp
- Form ARTS-PB - Public Benefit Corp
- Form ARTS-RE - Religious Corp
- Form ARTS-CID - CID Corp
- Form SI-100: Statement of Information
- IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
- IRS Form 1023: 501(c) Tax Exempt Application
- IRS Determination Letter
- Form FTB-3500: Exemption Application or Form FTB-3500a: Submission of Exemption Request
- URS Charitable Registration, if applicable
- Incorporation: $30 by mail or $45 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service
- Statement of information: $20
- 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
- California FTB exemption: $25 ($0 for exemption request)
- California charitable registration: $25
- Incorporation: Current state processing times or pay for preclearance and expedite services
- Statement of information: ~1 business day
- 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months
To learn more about the specific steps to form a California nonprofit, you can read our do-it-yourself guide here.
With professional formation services from Harbor Compliance, your dedicated nonprofit specialist prepares all of your applications to help you avoid processing delays and rejections. In addition to minimizing processing time, you can save over 100 hours of preparation time on Form 1023 alone, per IRS estimates. When you sign up for our services, your nonprofit specialist will contact you within one business day to get started.
What type of 501(c)(3) is my organization?
Most 501(c)(3) organizations are public charities, meaning their activities benefit the public at large. Depending on your activities, you may be a foundation, church, school, or other type of organization. Our nonprofit specialists are skilled in setting up all types of nonprofits and help you proceed with the structure that fits your mission.
I already have a California nonprofit corporation. Can you help me get 501(c)(3) status?
Some of our clients incorporate on their own and seek our professional assistance with the next steps. In such cases, we review the existing documentation and make any necessary changes. We’re happy to help at any point. Keep in mind, the earlier you enlist our expertise, the more time you’ll save and the greater success you'll experience in the end!
Can I convert my existing for-profit entity to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation?
If you have an existing for-profit entity and are looking to transition to a nonprofit, we are very familiar with this situation and can help! Simply sign up for our professional formation services, and your specialist will review your existing entity and assist with the appropriate next steps.
Am I required to use an attorney to set up my 501(c)(3)?
You are not required to use an attorney. You can set up your nonprofit yourself but doing so requires a great deal of expertise and time. The IRS estimates the 501(c)(3) application takes over 100 hours in research and preparation. Enlisting the help of a professional greatly increases your likelihood of success and saves you time. With our professional formation services, your specialist prepares and files your applications for you with guaranteed approval. Take advantage of our track record of 100% IRS approval and get your nonprofit approved, guaranteed!
Start your nonprofit!
Get a custom quote for your organization and sign up for our services by clicking the link below. Your specialist will reach out to you usually within one business day to learn more about your nonprofit and prepare your incorporation paperwork. We guarantee your 501(c)(3) approval, so you can start your nonprofit with confidence!
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