New $275 Form 1023-EZ User Fee (July 1, 2016)

Beginning July 1, 2016, the IRS has changed the User Fee for IRS Form 1023-EZ from $400 to $275 for all applicants.  This new fee applies only to those Form 1023-EZ applications prepared and submitted after July 1, 2016. In addition to lowering the application fee, we also expect the IRS to add several new safeguards to the Form 1023-EZ application process to continue discouraging non-qualified applications.  These new safeguards could include revisions to the actual Form 1023-EZ and increased follow-up correspondence with the IRS to verify appropriate formation documents and tax exempt provisions contained within those formation documents (Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws).  Overall, we expect the IRS to […]

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IRS Form 1023-EZ Help and Services

IRS Form 1023-EZ Help, Cost and Services Searching for IRS Form 1023-EZ help, cost or filing services?  Nonprofit Elite can help! We are excited to offer a more affordable and faster 501c3 application process to small and mid-size nonprofit organizations seeking to obtain tax exempt status from the IRS. The newly-released 501c3 application is called IRS Form 1023-EZ and is appropriate for most nonprofit organizations with projected annual receipts of $50,000 or less and total assets of $250,000 or less (excluding churches, schools, hospitals, medical research organizations, and a few other types).  The IRS User Fee for this new Form 1023-EZ is $400 for all […]

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Podio Sponsorship for Nonprofit Elite

The best news of the day (so far) is that Podio has decided to sponsor Nonprofit Elite with use of their outstanding online project collaboration platform.  If you’ve not yet looked into Podio and what they can do for your nonprofit organization or business, it’s definitely worth your time to check them out.  Our team uses Podio as our online headquarters to collaborate on projects from anywhere in the world.  The system makes our work more efficient and certainly more enjoyable.  Thank you Podio for your sponsorship of Nonprofit Elite!

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How to Start a Nonprofit Organization in Texas

501c3 Approval in Texas
There are five basic steps to starting a nonprofit organization in the state of Texas:

1.  File a Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State that includes among other items your organization’s name, registered agent, registerd office, proper purpose and dissolution clauses, and the names and addresses of at least three board members, unless you choose to have members.

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How to Start a Nonprofit: Internal Processes and Systems

Nonprofit Internal Processes
This is the conclusion of a five-part series on how to start a nonprofit organization. Keep in mind that the sequence in which you complete these tasks may vary, but each is important.  This final post will explore the steps to creating your Internal Processes and Systems.

Internal Processes / Systems

1.  Set up operating procedures: Creating a set of operating procedures should make your day-to-day operations run more smoothly, not the opposite.  If you are new to this sort of thing, sit down with another nonprofit director who has been at this for awhile.  There’s no need to learn all of your lessons the hard way.

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How to Start a NonProfit: 501c3 Application & State Registrations

501c3 Tax Exemption
This is the fourth part in a five-part series on how to start a nonprofit organization. Keep in mind that the sequence in which you complete these tasks may vary, but each is important.  This post will explore the steps involved in applying for 501c3 tax exemption and state and local permits.

501c3 Tax Exemption

1. Prepare IRS Form 1023

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How to Start a Nonprofit: Formation & Organizational Process

Nonprofit Organization Process
This is the third part in a five-part series on how to start a nonprofit organization. Keep in mind that the sequence in which you complete these tasks may vary, but each is important.  This post will explore the steps involved in Formation and Organizational Process.

1.  Identify legal, accounting, and insurance advisors experienced in nonprofit matters: Starting a nonprofit is different than starting a business.  Different rules, different roles, and different reasons.  Make certain your professional help knows the difference!

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How to Start a Nonprofit: Concept Development

Nonprofit Concept Development
This is the second part in a five-part series on how to start a nonprofit organization. Keep in mind that the sequence in which you complete these tasks may vary, but each is important.  This post will explore the steps involved in Concept Development.

1.  Draft Mission and Vision Statements:  A good mission statement describes exactly what your organization does in just 2-3 sentences and serves as the cornerstone of your developing programs.

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How to Start a Nonprofit: Research & Discovery

How to Start a Nonprofit
This is the first post in a five-part series on how to start a nonprofit organization. Keep in mind that the sequence in which you complete these tasks may vary, but each is important.  This post will explore the initial phase of Research and Discovery.

1.  Research and assess the need to be addressed:  What is it exactly that you want to achieve through your nonprofit organization?  Shelters for abandoned pets?

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