Sample 501c3 Application Kit

for Outreach Ministries

Sample 501c3 Application Kit for Outreach Ministries

This sample 501c3 application includes state Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, template for special provisions required for your Articles of Incorporation, special board resolution and conflict of interest policy.

It also includes sample narrative description of activities for bible study, prayer meetings, retreats and conferences, street witnessing, prison, hospital & nursing home visitations, speaking engagements, food and clothing distribution and so much more!




80% of Form 1023  - Done For You!

That's Right! We've Completed 80% of Your Form 1023!

We've gone through Form 1023 and checked off the right answers to over 80% of the questions.  We've also written up the responses for those questions where the IRS wants details, details, details.

Check out this video to learn more about how our Sample 501c3 Application Kits can help you get that application completed and out the door much faster!


Here's What You'll Get

In our Sample 501c3 Application Kits

Actual 501c3 Application

Get your hands on an actual 501c3 application with all the attachments that was submitted to the IRS and approved.

Narrative Description of Activities

Time-saving templates with the exact wording we’ve used to prepare the description of programs and activities.

Responses to Form 1023 Questions

Easily answer confusing questions on Form 1023 that require a detailed explanation with our templates.

Stuff the IRS

Will Ask For

We just know the IRS is going to ask for stuff that's not in the Form 1023 instructions.

Bylaws Template

Customize to your needs or use it as a tool to review your own for formatting and completeness.

Financials and Budget Templates

Follow our layout in MS Excel to prepare your budget and supporting worksheet.


Buy It, Customize It

and Get that 501c3 App Out the Door!


Writing Your Narrative Just Got 10 times Easier!

Customizing Your Narrative Description of Programs and Activities Couldn't Be Easier

Each kit contains an MSWord file with the exact wording we’ve used to prepare the description of programs and activities for the type of organization included in the kit. Most of these activities are charitable, educational and religious in nature. You will find some activities may be similar to your organization and some that are not. If you’re giving away something, teaching something or conducting religious activities, you can use our templates as a guide to help you describe your organization’s planned activities.

Example:  The kit may have descriptions for food distribution or clothing distribution to homeless people; but your organization is giving away backpacks filled with school supplies to children in low-income areas. You will change the wording and the target group to adapt the description to your organization.

Here's Another Example:  We have a transitional living program kits for Ex-offenders; and another kit for Women. You plan to target runaway teens. You will change the wording for the target group.

Use our template as a guide to get an understanding of what type of information and just how much information you can include in the description. You should not expect that all your intended programs and activities will be included in our kit as no two organizations are exactly alike.

Everything is Packed in a Zip File

After your online purchase, you will be taken to a page where you may instantly download the zip file. You will also receive an email indicating you have 120 hours or 5 attempts (whichever comes first) to download the zip file. The email will include a link to download the zip file. The email will be sent to the email address used during checkout. Check your spam mail or junk mail folder if you do not see it in your inbox. The file will be a zip file. Make sure you are comfortable downloading and opening zip files, or that you know someone that can do this for you.

File Download Refund Policy

Our products are delivered instantly, and they are easily retained and used by the consumer. As a result, no refunds or exchanges will be given for file download purchases.

75 Comments

  • Tina Watts

    Reply Reply August 18, 2010

    Hello I need to know if we offer many programs can they all fall under one package?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply September 14, 2010

      Hi Tina,

      I think I replied by email. Not sure. Any who, I figured someone else may have the same question.
      Yes, your 501c3 application can include many programs. But I generally try to keep 501c3's for religious programs separate from community type programs.
      This may help you qualify for government grants and other grants if the agency is concerned about supporting religious activities and affiliations.

      If one of my sample 501c3 application kits appears to be a good fit for your organization, but you'd like to include programs and activities from another kit, let me know. I can provide sample narrative descriptions for the various programs. But some kits have special attachments that are only available in those kits (specifically, the daycare and transitional living facilities sample 501c3 kits).

      Belinda

  • Cynthia Jones

    Reply Reply August 23, 2010

    I am surprised that a ministry would charge to help children. This is typical of the U.S. it is not about helping children it is about what is in it for me. I realize there are cost associated however children have no financial resources and we have given everything we have and still cannot fund the IRS $400 fee. We simply need help to complete the forms free of charge as an in kind gift for the children of America. Is your agency willing to help rather than keep taking from the precious resources left to help America's children secure safe warm housing over the winter? To find food as sustinance. There are more than 33 million children in the United States living at or below poverty won't you give your $99 fee and help us to complete our 501 (c) (3) application?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply August 23, 2010

      Hello Cynthia,

      Who's charging to help children?

      If you are referring to the start-up costs for you to set-up a new ministry, yes, there are fees involved because someone has to spend time, money and other resources to provide those services.
      The fees are not to charge to help children, but to help you, the founder, in the process of seeing your vision come to pass.

      Everyone of my clients has a mission to spread the Gospel and/or to help people that are in need some way or another.
      I embrace their vision and pray for full manifestation of the impact it will have on others and our world.

      My ministry, while for-profit, is to help further the Gospel, by providing excellent service and resources at a reasonable price; and in most cases less than what you would pay other professionals.
      Surely, there's always someone else offering services lower than mine. So, I'm not claiming to be at "rock-bottom".

      It would be unfair for me to pick and choose which organizations or causes pay for my products and services and which ones do not.
      As they are all worthy causes.

      Dig a little deeper and do a little more searching on the internet and amongst your professional network.
      Maybe you'll find a non-profit organization with a purpose to set-up ministries at no cost; or a professional that's willing to volunteer their time and resources for your cause.

      Remember, where God guides, He provides. I pray for your success!

      • Cynthia Jones

        Reply Reply October 14, 2010

        Needless to say I have never heard of a church or charity in business for profit?

        This presents false impressions for consumers. It would behove you to identify your business and refrain from using christian principals regarding chrity when chairity is free not for profit.

      • Scott Barnet

        Reply Reply February 17, 2011

        Belinda,

        Wonderful answer regarding Cynthia Jones' statement. God does provide for where He guides.

        We are not a client of your yet but soon we will be. If not for full services at least for a Sample

        501(c)(3) application.

        Scott Barnet

  • S. Shepard

    Reply Reply September 10, 2010

    First let me thank you for what you do to help forward the Gospel and Ministries. I was wondering if you have a sample of a 501c3 for a CDC. I would like to get one for my church.

    Thanks and God Bless!

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply September 14, 2010

      Hello S. Shepard,

      Yes, I have a CDC application. This organization wanted to do a lot of community development projects. I did my homework on this one and it was approved in 3 weeks!! I'll make it available soon. If you're in a hurry, you may purchase any other sample 501c3 application kit. Then send a request for the CDC Sample and I'll send you the complete application and templates I used.

      I look forward to serving you!
      Belinda Whitfield

      • Robin Forde

        Reply Reply June 24, 2011

        I would like to do what you suggested for S, Shepard. I am helping a church in Cincinnati Ohio to start a CDC to help people with education.... jobs...and housing. We want to also revitalize the neighborhood by restoring homes...one person ...one family ...one home.. at a time.

        The church will provide the seed money to get started. Am I on the right track? The church is 32 years old, incorporated in Ohio but does not want a 501c3 for itself for religious reasons but is willing to sponsor a CDC..

        Does your kit include sample articles of Incorporation? Ready to get started today.

        • Hello Pas. Forde,

          The 501c3 Sample Kit for a CDC is now available for purchase and immediate download.
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          Programs and Activities Included:
          Transitional Living Program
          Life Skills Workshops
          Community Recreation Center
          Child Day Care Services
          Drop Off and Pick-up Services
          Computer Training,
          Mentoring and Guidance Counseling
          Elderly Housing Community
          Low Income Housing Program
          Educational Scholarships
          Vehicle Donation Program
          Clothing Distribution
          Food Distribution
          Foreign Medical Clinics
          School for English Speaking
          Dig Water Wells
          Youth Ministry

          I gave myself big time KUDOS on this one. It was my first time doing a CDC application.
          But I really did my homework!
          It was a really big CDC project and it was approved by the IRS in only 3 WEEKS!!
          Like all the others - NO QUESTIONS ASKED by the IRS! Love it!

          Anyone viewing this message can click the link and make the purchase.

          Belinda Whitfield

  • Nakia

    Reply Reply December 6, 2010

    Hello,

    I purchased a sample kit from you probably around first of year( transitional home for women). I am really having a hard time making up my mind on how to set up this non-profit..I have a LLC for in home senior care and trying to not to cross the two or is there a way to combine them?. How and which one of your samples would fit me better? Can you add a LLC under a nonprofit? One more question, how can organizations, private and public donate to LLC or is that possible? I know its a lot of questions...hoping you can help. Thanks

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply December 10, 2010

      Hi Nakia,

      Yes, you can have an LLC under the non-profit. Keep in mind the LLC is a for-profit entity and if you're trying qualify for grant funding for the home senior care, you'll want to make this an activity of the non-profit.
      You can operate multiple business activities under the same non-profit (e.g. transitional housing and senior care.
      Each business activity can have its own branding and identity by registering a fictitious or assumed name with your state or county.

      Belinda

      • Cherri

        Reply Reply March 14, 2011

        Good evening can you explain this statement further?
        You can operate multiple business activities under the same non-profit (e.g. transitional housing and senior care.
        Each business activity can have its own branding and identity by registering a fictitious or assumed name with your state or county.

        I stumbled across your site. God sent. Where God leads I follow.
        A wonderful work.

        • Hi Cherri,

          I'll give you my church as an example. Living Word Christian Center is a church. We have a school - grades K-8th, a minister's training school, full retail type bookstore.
          Living Word Christian Center is the name on the Articles of Incorporation. Then we registered Living Word Christian Academy as a DBA (doing business as) name.
          So we can market the school under Living Word Christian Academy, but its not a separate corporation, its really the church doing business as LWCA.
          The same goes for the school of ministry (Living Word School of Ministry) and the bookstore (Royal Christian Bookstores).
          This way, we didn't have to create multiple corporations,obtain multiple EIN's and get multiple 501c3's. Everything is under one corporation and one EIN.
          We used the state's process to register assumed names for the corporation.

          Each state is different. Assumed name registrations for corporations may be registered at the secretary of state level and some states have the county handling the process.

          I hope this helps,
          Belinda

  • Kendra

    Reply Reply December 31, 2010

    I am so glad to have clicked on this website! I have several HUGE and OVERWELMING questions, We are forming a new Christian church and want to run an outreach ministry, we have a 2 year history (feeding and clothing over 8,000 people per month) under a different church and will apply as a seperate entity. Do we include that history? Do we purchase your product and apply as a church only, then change information and get your outreach program later? Or do we apply for both through the IRS at the same time and same application? We are hoping to get grants to support the outreach but not the church. . . . . . .however, have not applied or received grant funds yet for the outreach portion.

    HELP!

    On a seperate note: What a great blessing to see a Spiritual Sister helping those of us that want to do God's work! The Body of Christ is amazing! Bless you greatly for your knowledge and desire for servitude!

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply January 3, 2011

      Hello Kendra,

      Thanks for the kudos!!

      I see two options for you.
      Your outreach activities could very well be included with your church 501c3, especially if the church is footing the bill to begin with.
      And yes, I would disclose it in your church history that you were working as an auxiliary (or outreach ministry) of a different church.
      Later you could branch off and start a new organization for the outreach activities since you're relying on grant funding for these activities.

      Or you could set-up two separate 501c3 organizations at the same time.
      It primarily depends on your current funding sources and whether funds are kinda tight right now and how fast your vision is being manifested.
      God moves so much faster than we do :-).

      It also depends on how soon you expect to start applying for grants.

      Belinda

  • Danica

    Reply Reply January 3, 2011

    Hi,

    I want to start an organization to mentor and train youth that are at high risk. There is so much violence here in Chicago I would like to reach some of our youth. Which kit would be right for me? I also would like to provide childcare to teen mothers while they are at there training.

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply January 3, 2011

      Hello Danica,

      The transitional program for ex-convicts would be a good fit for you.
      I can provide sample information for a day care program after your purchase.

      Belinda

  • Kimberly

    Reply Reply March 8, 2011

    Hi,

    I am in the foundational phases of setting up my non-profit. We have completed and sent in the AOI, Bylaws have been established and BOD elected. We are at a stump because we do not feel 100% comfortable in completing the 5013c applicaton. Do you have a package that only includes the application with program examples? Or do you only sell it as a package with everything?

    Also, are there any financial forms that we need to complete if we were incorporated last March and have only had 1 fundraiser? We are so new to this and want to make sure we do everything right.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Kimberly

    • Hello Kimberley,

      Sorry for the delay. I've been quite busy with tax returns and year end projects.

      We don't offer only a sample of form 1023. Believe me, you'll want the complete kit.
      You can use mine to make sure your articles are complete and do not require amending.
      I've done 501c3's for clients that had articles and bylaws completed. Still, they needed to be amended.
      And every now and then I come across bylaws that, well..., aren't prepared correctly.
      Once client's bylaws were more like operational policies and guidelines than bylaws.

      Financial forms to complete? Possibly 1099 reporting and maybe even payroll reporting if you misclassified workers.
      That's another can of worms :-). My IRS Reporting Course should help you.

      Blessings,
      Belinda

  • Shemeka

    Reply Reply March 29, 2011

    Hi Belinda,

    You have such a wonderful gifting and calling, ensuring that the body of Christ does business with order and excellence. I contacted you before. So please excuse if I repeat myself. But I'm interested in the 501(c)3 certification, for Specially Wrapped Gifts Ministry. A ministry of empowerment for parents that children with special needs, to include speaking engagements, merchandise and outreach. Which of your kits would be most beneficial to me? Or should I set-up as a non-profit for the outreach portion and for-profit for the merchandise?

    I appreciate your help.

    God Bless You,

    Shemeka

    • Hi Shemeka,

      The Sample 501c3 Application for outreach ministries will be a good fit for you.

      Thanks for the kudos!
      Belinda Whitfield

  • K

    Reply Reply April 14, 2011

    Hello Belinda,

    May I say that is is refreshing to have so much information all in one place. Prayerfully you will have an opportunity to view the website. It will reveal that I have JUST launced an Evangelistic Ministry. We're praying that the first event will be this fall. Do you have any "successful" Sample Kits for a ministry such as this?

    Currently, I am listed with the State as a for-profit...I have the Articles of Organization. However, I want the Evangelistic arm to be NFP.

    Thank you kindly.

    KJ

    • Hi K,

      I know I'm crazy late in replying but today is my catch-up day. I hope you still find this info useful.

      You'll definitely need to set up another NFP organization. All our sample kits include actual applications that were approved by the IRS. Our Sample 501c3 Application Kit for Outreach Ministries should be a good fit for you.

      Blessings,
      Belinda

  • Elrick

    Reply Reply April 17, 2011

    Hello Belinda,

    My wife and I have just started a prayer ministry where we will be teaching intercessor how to properly pray for the church and leaders. We will also be helping the poor to meet their needs and providing marrital counseling. Can you suggest which of the sample 501(c)3 would be best for us.

    Looking forward to your answer

    Elrick

  • pamela

    Reply Reply June 2, 2011

    Hello, My name is Pamela, my church would like to apply for a 501C3 application for an outreach Ministery. Do we need to hirer an attorney and a CPA who is with familiar completing the 501C3 documents? Please help us. Thank You for your time and paticence. Sincerely Yours Pamela

  • Apostle David Lay

    Reply Reply June 12, 2011

    Woman of God Peace and Blessing be unto to you. Continue your good works for God has established your ministry in this thru assisting Pastors to do what God has instructed them to do.

  • Robin Forde

    Reply Reply June 24, 2011

    Thank for your good work for the Kingdom of God and the children of God.
    You are indeed truly blessed, gifted and well prepared.
    Please advise asap re my earlier comments/questions about your advice to S. Shepard September 14 2010.
    Thanks again,
    Pastor Forde.

  • evangelist n. stokes

    Reply Reply July 19, 2011

    I have an outreach ministry that God gave me seven years ago. The ministry has been giving food and, clothing to those in need; as well as teaching and preaching the Word of God. The Ministry currently is conducted from my resident. I have completed the by-laws and articles of incorporation but have not sent these to the secretary of State. The Ministry currently is self-funded by me, friends and relatives. Please help me with this........do I have to be a 501c3 (right now it's now in the budget) and I have not registered the ministy's name. Please tell me in what order am I to do these things. Someone told me that an Outreach Ministry such as the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws are a different procedure.
    Thank you for your help. God Bless.

    Evang. N. Stokes

    • Hello Evangelist Stokes,

      Yes, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are different documents.
      I know its crazy because Bylaws have Articles in them too.
      Bylaws do not have to be filed or approved by any government agency.
      You just need them and everyone and their mama will want a copy :-).

      You'll need to send your articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State, this officially registers your name.
      Make sure they comply with 501c3 guidelines first, or you'll have to amend them.
      Some states have pre-formatted articles that comply with IRS 501c3 guidelines. Other states do not.

      This website should give you some direction:
      http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/Mini-Courses/Applying_for_Tax_Exempt-An_Overview/applying-for-tax-exempt-organizations.aspx.

      Articles of Incorporation go to the Secretary of State and officially creates a legal entity.
      I refer to it as giving birth to your organization and you get a copy of the articles back that makes it official (e.g. your birth certificate).

      Once you're incorporated, you have 27 months to apply for your 501c3 status. (YIPEE!!) The IRS will make your approval retroactive to your incorporation date.
      After that, it gets a bit too complicated to get into for this comment.

      You don't have to wait for your 501c3 to solicit donations. Just get incorporated and register with your state attorney general's office.

      Belinda

  • Renee

    Reply Reply August 2, 2011

    Hello,
    I am in the process of starting an amature sports organization and mentor program. Do you have an application for that?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply August 18, 2011

      Hello Renee

      The outreach ministry kit can be customized to adapt to your organization assuming your activities are charitable and educational.
      You’ll see how I format the narrative description of programs and activities and how to respond to many of the questions on Form 1023.
      Be sure to place an emphasis on sports education and training. The mentoring program will be a nice addition; place emphasis on that as well.
      Be sure to note your target group - Are you targeting youth? Low-income? Are you bringing these activities to low-income communities?

      Blessings,
      Belinda

  • Steve Febbraro

    Reply Reply August 4, 2011

    Hello,

    It was an answer to prayer that I found your site. If you have time, please visit my website to get a better feel for Picture Perfect, and if you'd be able to help us.

    The mission of our non-profit, Picture Perfect is - Using photography to capture and preserve the essence and joy of each child with a terminal or chronic illness.

    In short, we work with organizations like Give Kids The World, Families of SMA, etc., and provide free portraits, taken by professional photographers who donate their time and talent.

    I've been approved by the state of PA, but am struggling with the 501c3 process, in regards to salaires, since at present, I'm the chief cook and bottle washer.

    Can one of your products be adapted to fit our mission? And, if so which one. I'd be happy to order as soon as I hear your reply.

    Thank you.

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply August 18, 2011

      Hello Steve,

      Yes, the outreach ministry kit can be customized to adapt to your organization.
      You'll see how I format the narrative description of programs and activities and how to respond to many of the questions on Form 1023.

      Blessings,
      Belinda

  • Tosha

    Reply Reply September 1, 2011

    I currently have a 501c3 for a mentoring program for teens. I am interested in turning it to a transitional living program that train and development teen parents with a foundation taught in Stewardship. I want to train them in healthcare recruiting. Do I need to change my 501c3 paperwork or just add to it?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply September 6, 2011

      Hi Tosha,

      Your transitional living program is an extension of your primary purpose to help teens.
      Be sure to report your new activities to the IRS on your annual 990/990-EZ report.
      If your revenues are under $50,000 and you are not required to file an annual report, refer to this page on the IRS website for additional instructions for reporting changes: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=172533,00.html.

      Belinda

  • Richard Godsil

    Reply Reply September 29, 2011

    Belinda,
    I'm an ordained minister who is creating an outreach ministry (community center/outdoor ministry/outreach youth/children/family ministry). We applied to the IRS and because the majority of our funding was described as coming from one source and that we were not currently having 'worship' services - they wanted us to be classified as a 'private' rather than a 'public' non-profit. We withdrew and now want to re-apply.
    Our funding is coming from other sources now and we have active in the community in providing outreach events, working with the local Coaliation on Homelessness, etc.
    And being an ordained minister - our focus is on outreach.
    The community center will provide: after school care, athletic events, Bible studies, parenting & marriage courses plus with 15 acres we are also going to provide outdoor activities.
    I would like your opinion on how we need to proceed.
    Thank you for your service and advice.
    For the Cause of Christ,
    Richard

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply September 29, 2011

      Hello Richard,

      You will need to re-apply, especially if your gross revenues are $5,000 or more.
      Now that you're receiving donations, I'd be more concerned about making sure your 501c3 status is retroactive to the incorporation date.
      This would be an issue if you're past the first 27 months. Otherwise the contributions you've received may not be deductible by the donor.

      Since your sources of revenue are from the pubic, this will be reflected in your actual financial data.
      You shouldn't have a problem with being classified as a publicly supported organization.

      I hope this helps.

      Peace and Blessings,
      Belinda

      • Richard Godsil

        Reply Reply October 9, 2011

        Belinda,

        Thank you - will be in touch about our refiling the 501c3.

        - Richard

  • Joseph

    Reply Reply October 11, 2011

    Greetings. I am a former bi-vocational pastor, who will be going out as a missionary evangelist, and have started my own ministry. I came to your web site because I will need to obtain a 501 (c)3 status and have a quick question concerning the 501(c) status. The ministry I started will be a Christian, multi-branched outreach ministry which will have from within various branches, but will not be limited to, the following: evangelism branch, educational branch, Christian counseling branch, health branch, and youth outreach ministry branch reaching out to teens on streets who are on drugs and teens abused in families.
    My question, since it will be a Christian, faith based ministry, must I incorporate as a church, or as an organization?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply October 12, 2011

      Hello Joseph,

      It appears your organization is not a church.
      So you should not incorporate as a church unless you plan to have worship services and a congregation that meets regularly at the same location.
      I didn't see that in your list of activities. So you'll want to incorporate as an outreach ministry.

      I hope this helps.

      Belinda

  • Shonte Proctor

    Reply Reply May 7, 2012

    Hello Belinda,

    May God bless you for the work you are doing by extending the knowledge you have. Currently, I am starting an outreach ministry with myself and my husband at this time. From my understanding the IRS requires 3 board of directors. Can they be family members or in-laws or should they be non-related.

    Thanks in advance

    • Hello Shonte,

      I know I’m late on responding, but if you’ve been on my site, you probably know I’ve been called to serve as CEO/President of Covenant Bank.

      The majority of your board should be unrelated to each other. Relationship includes blood, marriage or business relationship.

      Example: You and your spouse are on the board; and you have another married couple who are friends on the board; the IRS would treat everyone as being related - i.e. everyone is related to at least one other person on the board.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  • Debbie

    Reply Reply May 18, 2012

    Hey Belinda, i came to this chatting mug bcz my husband n i r workng on opening up a day care for our ministry, but in fact i want to know how to get my 501c3 paper work started, how long will it take and what the requirements are. I want to start this today so i can get this started.

    • Hi Debbie,

      I know I’m late on responding, but if you’ve been on my site, you probably know I’ve been called to serve as CEO/President of Covenant Bank.

      There's lots to do and there's no specific time frame.
      We've done 501c3's in as fast as 10 days, and that's only because the client is quick to give us their info.

      Allow up to 30 days for your state to get you incorporated (most states have an expedited process where you pay a bit more).
      Allow at least 6 weeks for the IRS to review and approve your application once its out the door.
      Still that's no guarantee, because as of today, they are working on applications they received last September.

      Check out this page on my website for an overview of what's required: http://churchcpa.com/2011/07/5-steps-to-get-your-501c3/

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  • Demetria McFarland

    Reply Reply June 8, 2012

    Hello Ms. Whitfield,
    I want to know if you would be able to assist me with obtaining my 501c3. I have an outreach ministry pertaining to high crime areas. I work in areas that others shun. Would I be able to receive my non-profit status through your firm or do I need to go another direction?

    Demetria McFarland
    Marshall, Texas

    • Hi Demetria,

      Sorry for the delayed response.
      If you've not moved forward yet with an alternative firm, sure we can assist you.
      Give us a call and provide the details to my assistant, Sharon (630) 769-6900 ext. 715.

      Thanks,
      Belinda

  • Jesse Burton

    Reply Reply July 22, 2012

    Hello,

    I'm assisting my wife start up a dancing arts program for in school and after school sessions. Will your outreach application work for us?

    Thanks,

    Jesse Burton
    Houston, Texas

    • Hello Jesse,

      Sorry for the delay. Its been a while since I’ve had time to reply to comments on my site.
      Yes, my outreach ministry application should be ok, but I just did an application for an creative arts program and after school.
      When you purchase the outreach ministry application, send a follow-up email right away and I'll give you the narrative I used for that organization.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda

  • Pam

    Reply Reply October 2, 2012

    Hello

    I have a non profit organization where I provide counseling and educational services to youth and their families. I am currently starting an evangelistic outreach ministry. Will I be able to use my current 501c3 entity to do a dba/fictitious name or will I need to do a totally new application for the ministry program?

    Thanks
    Pam

  • Leveda Lawrence

    Reply Reply November 14, 2012

    Hello, do you have a sample 501 (c) 3 for an organization that help terminally ill children. The organization gives money to the families of terminally ill children at hospitals. Once the organization is well established they will be branching out to counseling, speaking engagements and etc.

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      Hello Leveda,

      I realize my response is very late, and you’ve probably resolved the matter by now.

      So this comment post to my website is in case someone else has a similar question.

      You could make use of the 501c3 sample kit for an outreach ministry. Its not a perfect fit,
      but there are examples of narrative descriptions for activities you may engage in.
      You may use it as a guide, and customize it to your needs.

      Peace and Blessings,
      Belinda

  • stephanie

    Reply Reply December 11, 2012

    Hello Ms. Whitfield,
    I just recently started a community outreach ministry in a troubled community (crime, drugs, low income, etc) and I need to know what is the difference in becoming incorporated verses getting a 501c3? What are the benefits of each of them? Also, I want to give this ministry a specific name(example, New Life Community Outreach). How do I go about doing this?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      Hello Stephanie,

      I realize my response is very late, and you’ve probably resolved the matter by now.
      So this comment post to my website is in case someone else has a similar question.

      Here's my super simple - non-techie response.
      A corporation is a legal entity, like a person. So getting incorporated is like giving birth to your company.
      You do this with the secretary of state. Typically all legal entities must pay federal income taxes.
      The 501c3 status allows your company to earn a profit and not have to pay income taxes on the profits.
      Plus, people can make donations to your company and claim a tax deduction for charitable contributions.

      So before your company can even apply for a 501c3 status, it has to legally exist (i.e, be born, get incorporated).

      Another word of advice for readers, before you get a tax id # from the IRS, your organization should be born (i.e. get incorporated).
      Some people run out and get a tax id # before getting incorporated.
      Its like getting a social security number for an unborn child.

      I hope this helps!
      Belinda

  • Susan

    Reply Reply January 27, 2013

    While I am waiting for my states approval &articles I need to pay for these items and my non profit has not brought in any donations yet to help. Can I personally pay for them as a loan to the ministry then later the ministry can pay me back once funds start coming in?

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      Hello Susan,

      I realize my response is very late, and you’ve probably resolved the matter by now.
      So this comment post to my website is in case someone else has a similar question.

      This is a very, very good question!
      Yes, you can lend the start-up money to the organization.
      Or you can claim a charitable deduction for these expenses.
      Be sure to discuss this with your board. And get it in writing.

      Belinda Whitfield

  • Kalle Laubhan

    Reply Reply February 19, 2013

    Hello! I have been reading through some of the comments and was wondering if the Outreach or Foreign Missions would be better for me. We have an outreach ministry that my husband and I have been doing for a couple years now and have just recently feel called to doing foreign missions. So I guess my question would be do we go with the Outreach or Foreign Missions application??? The monies that come in will go for both so does it really matter?
    Thank you!

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      Hello Kalle,

      I realize my response is very late, and you’ve probably resolved the matter by now.
      So this comment post to my website is in case someone else has a similar question.

      The kit for Foreign Missions is very much like the Outreach Ministry kit.
      The foreign missions kit has additional narratives for outreach projects in other countries.

      So, you will want to use Foreign Missions kit.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda

  • L. Parker

    Reply Reply June 18, 2013

    Hello. I was interested in purchasing 501c3 package for outreach ministries. I was wondering if you offer a service where you will review a completed application prior to submission. Thank you.

    • Belinda Whitfield

      Reply Reply June 20, 2013

      Hi There,

      Yes, I can review your application if you like. I will contact you by email.

      Peace and Blessings,
      Belinda Whitfield

  • Wade Jones

    Reply Reply October 28, 2013

    Good Morning, Ms. Whitfield!

    I have been working with homeless veterans for quite some time and I wish to form an 501c3. I currently facilitate placement in existing county/VA emergency and transitional housing. I also assist in various administrative functions associated with obtaining veteran benefits. God is leading me to expand the ministry into establishing supportive housing. Can you help me with starting a non-profit to help with what I presently do and what will happen in the future?

    Thank you in advance and may God continue to bless and keep you.

  • Trina D.

    Reply Reply March 6, 2014

    Good Afternoon, Belinda,

    My husband has been working with an independent (not sponsored by a church) jail ministry for 10 years now, and the director just stepped down (retired). As associate director, my husband became director and there is a lot of work to be done. I told him I could get papers in order and handle donations - but we are talking a very small scale budget (no more than $1500-$2000 a year.)

    We are all-volunteer (about 30), with no payroll. The past director let the 501 (C) (3) lapse since he is in his eighties and did not fill out the 990's for 3 years. I am unsure of the wording to use on the 1023, since we minister to jail inmates, (some of which are not guilty). This is not a prison ministry.

    My husband wants to have a small board of directors for accountability and help with decision-making. Since I am handling all paperwork & finances, do I need to be on the board as Secretary/Treasurer?

    There are products on the web helping me with forms, etc. that cost $400 and up. Being a small non-profit (hopefully soon), we don't have funds for this. How much would your help cost?

    Thank you for your time!
    Trina

    • Hi Trina,

      Thanks for sharing your story.

      We specifically designed our Sample 501c3 Application Kits for ministries that are on a very tight budget.
      This does require you to do it yourself. Our kits are only $99. Use our templates as a guide. We've done 80% of the work.
      You simply need to customize some of the wording for your organization.

      And remember - Where God guides, He provides. This is His work. He will provide the resources for you to see this project through.

      Trina, the Holy Spirit is telling me to tell you that God wants a part in this. He wants to be your source. And don't limit him to a little budget.
      He has great things in store for you. He is telling me to tell you to trust and obey.

      I don't know what that means for you. I pray for God's blessing over your ministry and over every one's ministry that reads this message.
      Be encouraged. God is doing a great thing in this earth. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.

      I feel the Holy Spirit just took over my keyboard. Praise God. This great thing God has for you is DONE!

      Thank you Jesus.

  • Alice Ramser

    Reply Reply May 8, 2014

    Can you use a name for a 501C3 that you have used previously as a fictitious name under the churches name?

    • Hello Alice,

      Yes, you can. You'll need to check with your state or local authorities to make sure the church releases the fictitious name so the new non-profit can use that name.

      I hope this helps!
      Belinda Whitfield

  • Dr. Alonzo Williams Jr

    Reply Reply May 24, 2014

    Hello,
    I have an organization called Driven With a Purpose Inc. The purpose of the organization is to provide educational services to families that have experienced losing a child to death. Also, I have provided educational scholarships to students that are interested in majoring in music, fine arts, and theatre.. Also, I want to provide tutorial services to assist struggling students, not to mention writing grants. Could you guide me to which package to purchase from your company ?

    • Hello Dr. Williams,

      I would recommend the Sample 501c3 Application Kit for CDC's. This kit is packed with program templates.
      It also has the educational scholarship information and sample responses for the Form 1023 Schedule H.
      When you get the kit, I would customize the narrative for the life skills workshops to describe your educational services.

      Thanks for your commitment to help students and families! I pray for your success!

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  • Dr. Alonzo Williams Jr

    Reply Reply May 25, 2014

    I have just completed my purchase of the Sample 501c3 Application Kit for CDC’s. I am looking forward to the arrival of the kit. When will it arrive for my review?

    • Hello Dr. Williams,

      Thanks so very much for reporting the problem. Our emails are sent out immediately after purchase. I also get a copy of the email just to be sure the email was sent. It’s possible the message is in your spam folder. I forwarded a copy of the email with the download link on 5/25 and 6/5 and again today upon receipt of Jerome M's comment.

      I trust you have received the fourth email and possibly discovered all the others are in your spam folder.
      I really want to make sure you received your purchase.
      I am looking forward to your reply to confirm you have received the email with the link to download your product.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  • Maria Bridges

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    Hello
    First of all, thank you answering these questions and providing quality service. We recently started an outreach ministry, but I am not sure what sample package we need, outreach or CDC. Now honestly, I am not sure what CDC means, but the description is exactly like the outreach we have begun. Help!

    • Hi Maria,

      The outreach ministry kit has programs and activities that are religious in nature. This kit is primarily geared for the ordained minister who is called to ministry, but is not called to start a church. The CDC (Community Development Corporation) kit has activities that are primarily non-religious in nature and that you may have a good chance of finding grant funding for. If you were to purchase both kits, you will find some programs in common (e.g. food distribution and clothing distribution). You won't find descriptions for programs like Bible Study, Nursing Home Visitations, and Prison Ministry in the CDC Kit. Also, you won't find descriptions for Transitional Living Programs, Low-Income Housing, and Elderly Housing in the Outreach Ministry kit.

      I hope this helps.

      Peace and Blessings,
      Belinda Whitfield

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