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Starting a nonprofit organization is a complex and time-consuming endeavor. A nonprofit is a business and, just like a for-profit, it requires a collection of resources ranging from time and effort to financial support. While mission is always the most important element of a successful nonprofit, founders must also focus on business planning and legal compliance. The 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption is complicated, and the IRS estimates it takes a novice well over 100 hours to complete. Founders should be aware that a successful application is only the first step to achieving and maintaining tax exemption, and federal and state legal compliance.

Before you start a nonprofit, it is essential to understand if there are organizations in your community already providing the services and programming you want to deliver. Research potential sources of revenue for your program and determine if other members of the community will be supportive of your efforts (these could be future board members). We strongly encourage you to develop a business plan in advance of starting your nonprofit.

If you are ready to move forward, let our experienced consulting team help you get it right!


Pink background with light yellow circles. In the center circle is written "Startup Package"Starting a nonprofit? We can help! Maryland Nonprofits is pleased to present our Nonprofit Startup Package! 

If you are considering starting a nonprofit but are worried the process is too complicated or expensive, we are here to help you. Let us guide you through the steps to becoming an independent, successful organization, including incorporation, governing documents, 1023 application, charitable solicitation registration,  and other state compliance filings in Maryland. Our Startup Package also includes membership with Maryland Nonprofits for one year.





OUR STARTUP PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

Two stick figures sit facing each other with a speech bubble above them    Organizational Development Consultation    You will spend up to two hours with one of our experienced nonprofit startup consultants to ensure your proposed nonprofit is positioned for success. Together we'll complete your articles of incorporation, bylaws, conflict of interest policy, and application for employer ID number (SS-4), which support your application for tax exemption.
 A cartoon piece of paper with three bullet points and the top corner folded over.    Forms and Application Preparation   The IRS estimates it takes over 100 hours for a novice to prepare Form 1023. Let us put your application package together! Using your organizational documents, and in consultation with your founding board, we will complete the Form 1023 for you.
 A hand with a dollar sign in a circle hovering above it.   State Compliance Filings   After receiving your §501(c)(3) status you must register with the State of Maryland before accepting donations. We'll take care of your Maryland Charitable Solicitation Registration, the State income tax exemption application, and your Sales & Use Tax Exemption Application.


READY? NEXT STEPS!

  1. Complete our intake application.
  2. If you think your gross receipts will be below $50,000 per year for the first three years, complete the IRS 1023EZ Eligibility Worksheet and upload it to your intake application.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and a member of our team will contact you to determine next steps. 


COST AND FILING FEES

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SPEND:    
     
Maryland Nonprofits' Startup Package:    $1200
Articles of Incorporation Filing Fee:   $220 (Payable to Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation)
1023 Filing Fee:   $850 for Form 1023 or $275 for Form 1023EZ (Payable to US Treasury)
 Total:   Either $2,270 or $1,695



Pink background with light yellow circles,with Do it Yourself written across the circlesPlanning on tackling your Form 1023 yourself? Follow the phases below to launch your nonprofit organization. 

Be aware that tax-exempt organizations can take different forms. If you're a Maryland Nonprofits member, give us a call for help figuring out out which tax-exempt status your organization should pursue (501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), etc...). The following process presumes you will be filing for 501(c)(3) public charity status.   


PHASE 1: RESEARCH & ORGANIZE

This section will help you put a solid foundation in place.

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PHASE 2: CREATE A CORPORATION

Here you’ll find the steps to become a legal entity.

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PHASE 3: GET YOUR 501(C)(3) STATUS

Become a nonprofit organization by filing a 1023 Application with the IRS.

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ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR 501(C)(3)...

Find important next steps to wrap up your work.

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MAINTAIN YOUR NONPROFIT STATUS

Complete "must-do's" for keeping your nonprofit status active.

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