We've helped over 100,000 nonprofit organizations get started—let us help you form yours, too. As a nonprofit corporation, you can apply for grants, get 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status if eligible, and protect your assets.
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You're eligible to apply for state, federal, and other tax exemptions.
Contributions to certain types of qualifying nonprofits are tax deductible.
Members and directors are shielded from personal liability for the nonprofit's actions.
Nonprofits are organized for purposes other than generating profit and they don't distribute any income to their shareholders. 501(c)(3) refers to a specific tax status in which an organization does not have to pay federal income tax and can accept tax-exempt donations from the public.
|Nonprofit (without 501(c)(3) status)||501(c)(3) organization|
|Paperwork:||Save time and money by not applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS.||File annually with the IRS to document compliance for retaining tax-exempt status.|
|Donations/grants:||Can't accept tax-deductible contributions or grants.||May collect tax-deductible donations and grants.|
|Earnings:||Pay federal taxes on earnings.||Earn income that is federally tax-exempt.|
You can always start your nonprofit now and decide later if you want to apply for 501(c)(3) status.Start my nonprofit
In most cases, nonprofits are formed as a corporation, but an LLC can also be a nonprofit. Incorporating helps protect your personal assets, builds credibility with potential donors, and unlocks funding reserved for officially formed nonprofit corporations.
|Nonprofit corporation||Nonprofit LLC|
|Structure of nonprofit:||Operate within a rigid structure, including requirements for shareholders, directors, and managers.||Choose an organizational structure that best fits your needs, with the flexibility to make changes.|
|Requirements for starting:||Follow basic steps—choose a name, set up a board of directors, file incorporation documents, get an EIN, and obtain any licenses.||Can be complicated—additional steps are required vs. starting a nonprofit corporation. Plus, nonprofit LLC's are not available in all states.|
|How to be tax-exempt:||File Form 1023 with the IRS to apply for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3).||Elect for LLC to be taxed as a corporation. Then file Form 1023 with the IRS to apply for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3). Tax-exempt status is available only if all members of the nonprofit LLC are themselves 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.|
The most popular type of nonprofit, these nonprofits can qualify as tax-exempt, are generally protected from liability, and are eligible for grants.
A nonprofit LLC can only be recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization if all of its members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
An association is when two or more people come together to benefit the public without filing legal paperwork or forming an official legal structure.