Sample 501c3 Kit for Community Development Corporation

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Sample 501c3 Application for Community Development Corporation

Includes Form 1023 with 80% completed and core sample kit document templates plus sample narrative description of activities for 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 Community, Educational Scholarships, Vehicle Donation Program, Clothing Distribution, Food Distribution, Foreign Medical Clinics, School for English Speaking, Dig Water Wells, Youth Ministry.

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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.

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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.

More Rave Reviews!

Hello Ms.  Whitfield,

Love Without Borders purchased your kit and in five short months, after submitting the application we are Approved!!!   I believed this was a God move. In browsing the Internet looking for information on how to complete the 501c3 application. The Lord led me to your website. I read the blogs and signed up. Weeks later I purchased the " [sample] kit" and the rest is history.

I know that you have hundreds- thousands of people like myself, who are thanking you for equipping them with information,  but you don't understand what this approval has done for me. There's nothing impossible, when God says do it! I did and He worked it out...

I am so overwhelmed. We are ready and able to do great things for the Kingdom of God - God's love will be exemplified through us! Thank you so much! We could not have done this without you. My prayer is that God will continue to bless you in all that you do, for you are truly making a difference in the lives of people.


- Kelly Williams, Love Without Borders

This kit has been a big help. The example of the completed form was just what I needed!

- Laura L.

The package of documents were very complete and comprehensive. All of the information was logically ordered, I was very pleased.

- Gregg Chase

Testimony time, Our church had been trying to get a 501c3 since 2010 paid two different people to do it. They charge the church but never filed any paper or presented any papers. So I decided to try, I ordered the sample kit, and Ms Whitfield has put it together so nicely very easy to follow I have never done this before and I also learned a lot of new legal words Lol.

I read it then set out to [customize] it to my churches needs took about a week in my spare time. We mailed it on Dec 17, 2013 got a Letter stating they had received it in about 2wks. and today Feb 7, 2014 can somebody say today, we got the approval for the 501c3 not even a full two months. Everybody said 6mo. to a year because they were [backed] up. I just want to say thank you Ms. Whitfield for using your God given talent to put these kits together to help us. God bless you. We will be getting another one for Our Transitional home soon.

- Jill Jackson, Kingdom Minded Ministries

The 501 c 3 Kit that I purchased was wonderful. It meant a lot to me that I could use it and understand what I was doing. I highly recommend this to anyone. I could not have completed the kit without Belinda's assistance. At first I thought it was an online scam. So I dialed the number, she answered and asked how could she bless me today. I knew from that point, she was legitimate. I submitted my Kit to the IRS in Oct., 2014, I was informed by IRS that I should be receiving my non profit certification by the end of Feb., 2015.

The 501 c 3 package was wonderful. If you are not sure what you are doing that is the only way to go. I could not have completed the package with Ms Whitfield's help. I cannot thank you enough. I purchased the package in October of 2014. I am happy to say I have received my certification.

I thank God for her as she blesses others. I cannot stress enough how much having that kit meant to me. Thanks Belinda!

- Phyllis Johnson, The MJ Allen Adult Center, Inc.

46 responses to “Sample 501c3 Application For Community Development Corporation”

  1. Kusuma voluntary service and educational society says:

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  2. Nakia says:

    I purchased your sample Community Development Corp.(CDC) 501c3 kit in August 2011. I received my letter in the mail this morning ( within 5 weeks) stating that Divine Help, Inc. is approved with no questions. I just wanted to say thank you for your reasonable service you offer to the public. What a great blessing you are to the Kingdom of God.

    Divine Help, Inc. is up and moving because of your obedience to God and through His power. Again I say thank you!!!

  3. Brenda says:

    Is the CDC kit for a new organization?

    • Hello Brenda,

      Yes, the sample 501c3 application included in the kit was for a new organization. But it can be used as a tool for new and existing organizations.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  4. Belinda,

    We are building a Community Center which will offer after-school programs, parenting classes, marriage enrichment weekends, sporting events, outdoor events (weddings, sports, climbing wall, etc) as well as worship services, concerts, counseling, etc.

    I believe we are a combination of a CDC and Outreach 501c3. Should we use the CDC application process and address in the application that we will be a Community Center and will be using outreach events/programs as well?

    Also, I’m an ordained minister – will I still be considered one as I become the Exec Dir? I will be in compliance with the five things that the IRS looks for in being a member of the clergy. Will I still be able to use my income and housing allowance?

    We are ready to download but needed to have some answers on the above questions.

    Thank you,


    • Hello Richard,

      Yes, I’d suggest the Sample Kit for CDC’s.

      Here’s what I found on the IRS’s website on the matter in publication 517 concerning classifying your services as ministerial, even though you would not be working for a church:

      Here’s the link:

      Services for nonreligious organizations. Your services for a nonreligious organization are ministerial services if the services are assigned or designated by your church. Assigned or designated services qualify even if they do not involve performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship.

      If your services are not assigned or designated by your church, they are ministerial services only if they involve performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship.

      I hope this helps.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  5. Janetta says:


    Your CDC kit is amazing I wish I had of known about your services prior to filing for our 501c3! But now that I have to resubmit I will use the information we purchased on yesterday and the awesome insight you gave me over the phone.I pray God will continue to bless you and your organization for you are a true blessing!

    Designed 4 Greatness Empowerment Center

  6. Esmeralda says:

    Hello Ms. Whitfield; On Dec. 12, 2012 I created an NGO here in Florida to function as an Enterprise Aid Organization in Colombia, S.A. My program is geared to do various things:
    #1. Fund (subsidize) small businesses, formalize them and after being established, charge them a 10% to 15% monthly for about 7 to 10 years to pay for the initial funding and the administrative support that will be offered during that time (It’s like a Venture Capitalist system without the greed). These small businesses will be able to employ people at a decent salary which is one of the requirements from us. Some of the 10 to 15% repayment will be used to fund and formalize new small businesses.
    #2. Create Manufacturing Industries, currently in my hometown of Valledupar in Colombia, there are no manufacturing industries, we basically get everything “Made in China”. From these factories our organization will obtain significant financial gains while creating jobs, again, those gains will be recycled for the creation of more industries and the formalization of small businesses.
    Now, I am planning to achieve all that by soliciting to organizations that aid NGOs such as USAID, the World Bank, the IMF etc as well as multinationals working in Colombia and private individuals. My program is definitely aimed to contribute to Community Developement but in a foreign country.
    Now my question to you is, will this package (CDC) apply for my particular organization? Because although it is a Community Development Organization, its funds will be used outside this country and there will be profits for the organization as well. Although the profits will be used to pay for the administrative support offered to the intended target and other costs. Thank you for your time and cooperation in answering these questions.

    Esmeralda Maya.-

    • Hi Esmeralda,

      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.

      You’ve got a lot going on. Your plans are not that straight forward.
      I’d recommend speaking with a non-profit attorney, as you’ll need to do some strategic planning.
      See if you can find someone in your community.
      If not, the guy I call all the time for non-profit strategies is Michael Mosher at
      Tell him Belinda referred you. He is a lawyer in the downtown area of Chicago, so he has overhead expenses to pay.
      So don’t expect the fees to be as low budget as an attorney in a rural area. And I’m not sure how much advice he’ll give without a retainer.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  7. heaven martin says:


    • Hi Heaven Martin,

      What an awesome ministry. I would use the 501c3 application kit for foreign missions programs.
      The car donation drive may be a red flag area as there’s a special question on the 1023 for this.
      None of my clients needed it. So be careful with the language.
      I do have special language for accepting car donations, just not a full blown fundraiser.
      They’re probably cautious about fundraising organizations were car donations are the primary activity as a lot of them are showing up these days.

      Keep in mind, you’ll need to do some customizing of the programs and activities to your specific activities..

      Peace and Blessings,
      Belinda Whitfield

  8. felicia P says:

    I need another question answered that is does the price you quoted me earlier include you doing and filing the 501c3.

  9. Hi Belinda,

    I have a College and Career Readiness program for 7th – 12th graders.

    We provide College Planning Workshops, Life Skills Workshops, Finical Aid Workshops, Mentoring and Guidance Counseling, College Touring, Educational Scholarships of all kinds, Basic Computer Training, Etiquette Training

    Which of your packages work best for a program as such ? I am thinking the CDC kit, what do you say ?


    • Hello Adrian,

      What an awesome thing you are doing. I’m sure you will help enhance students lives and for many, change the course of their future.
      Yes, the CDC kit would be my recommendation.

      All the best!!
      Belinda Whitfield

  10. j. peterson says:

    I am the Pastor and our church is 501c3. We are leasing a church which in the next year we will be purchasing. As of yet we have not used the 501c3. We want to began to do those things that will enhance the community working through the church. We want to conduct a large back to school give a way for school supplies for the student in a our city which is 39000 population. How can the 501 assist us with this project? Also once we purchase the building we want to open a day care. clothing and food pantry. Will the 501c3 that we have now be be sufficient?
    Thank you so much

    • Hello Pas. Peterson,

      Yes, the church 501c3 will be sufficient for the charitable programs you mentioned.

      Keep up the good work! I’m sure people in your community will be blessed by your good deeds!


  11. AleMac says:

    Hi, Belinda I wanted to know if the sample CDC kit contains the sample budget that needs to be included in application. Also if our organization is building and refurbishing homes is there something different we must include in our application? Thank you

  12. Amanda says:

    I am currently Youth minister at my local church and currently looking at opening a daycare that will be non profit but not tied to the church itself but under my own ministry in which I want to include outreach services as well. Such as food bank, clothes closet, job-skill training,resumes and other financial help. Kind of a service for the entire family not just daycare. What will be the best option for me? The daycare would be the hub of everything.

    • Hello Amanda,

      I’d recommend the sample kit for the CDC. The programs and activities description for a day care is included along with all the other programs and activities you described.

      Peace and Blessings!!

  13. Aaron says:

    Hello Belinda I am getting ready to purchase the CDC kit to do for a church. They already have their 501 C 3. However they want to start a CDC that focuses on housing and other needed services in their community. Should they go ahead and create a separate organization (CDC) and fill out a new 1023? Also, do you recommend that churches have nonprofits that are an extension to their organization, where the church would have their own 501 C 3 and their CDC would have its own 501 C 3?

    • Belinda Whitfield says:

      Hello Aaron,

      I think its quite natural for churches to expand their ministry and provide community services you described.
      Especially when you have the resources within the organization (i.e. team of experienced professionals, volunteers, relationships within the community, etc.).
      I encourage churches start a separate 501c3 for the CDC activities and operate them with an independent board.

      I hope this helps!

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  14. Green says:

    I am starting a non profit that includes community beautifucation and offers technical art classes that build graphic design skills to promote employment. Would the CDC kit be along those lines?


    • Belinda Whitfield says:


      Yes, you will want to purchase the kit for a CDC. We recently did a project for a community garden.
      I can send you the write-up we did for that particular activity. Forward your Paypal email receipt.
      You can customize our write-up for the life skills workshops to tailor it to your organizations classes.


  15. Bradley Jackosn says:


    Just wanted to know if the budget part is as intimidating as it seems on the CDC new app. Were a small new nonprofit and we have no funds raised or money in the bank, however we have big plans if we can get our status. The budget scares us though. ANy tips? or do you think we will be fine with just purchasing your download?

    Peace and Blessings,

    Bradley Jackson.

    • Belinda Whitfield says:

      Hello Bradley,

      Prepare your budget to line up with what you plan to do over the next 5 years.
      Consider in your ideal scenario what it will take to run the operations as you grow progressively each year.

      It doesn’t have to be perfect. And the IRS will not hold you accountable for meeting your budget.

      Peace and Blessings :-)!!
      Belinda Whitfield

  16. Towanda says:


    I am trying to start a mentoring program that works with youth in and out of school. This program will work with you that has been expelled and we are looking to educate them with an accreted learning. We also want to include other programs such as certifications for them and daily living skills. Which category with this fall under.

    • Belinda Whitfield says:

      Hi Towanda,

      I would recommend the Sample 501c3 Kit for a CDC.
      You will want to customize the activities for your organization.
      The samples activities we provided in the kit will provide a good framework to follow.

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

  17. Janet says:

    We are in the process purchasing either or both your kits (church with daycare as well as the cdc). When we create the second nonprofit to the cdc under the church, should it be a sub nonprofit or totally separate from the church? Some of the grants is for Religous organization, but I read that you would suggest we did a completely separate 501c3.

    • Belinda Whitfield says:

      Hello Janet,

      We recommend a completely separate 501c3 for CDC’s. You will have a better chance at qualifying for grants.
      If operated under the church, the organization could be viewed as a church-controlled organizations.


  18. Vianne says:


    My husband and I are starting our youth football and cheer team. Which kit would you recommend.

    Thank you


    • Belinda Whitfield says:

      Hello Vianne,

      You will first need to decide if your organization if your organization’s purpose is educational or for social and/or recreational purposes. Our sample kits are primarily designed for religious, charitable and educational organizations that are required to file Form 1023.

      Organizations formed for social and/or recreational purposes are required to file Form 1024. You may want to speak with a non-profit specialist familiar similar programs and review your planned activities to help make the distinction.

      If you decide to go the Form 1023 route so that you can solicit donations, the sample kit for the CDC would be the one to start with. We have sample descriptions for youth ministry workshops and life skills workshops. Use these as a guide to outline your football and cheerleading workhops. Consider adding a few activities for charity (food drive, school supplies donations, etc.) to seal the deal to qualify for 501c3.

      The Sample Kit for the CDC is loaded! So there will be many programs you won’t need. Find the ones fairly similar in nature to get an example of how things should be worded. Then customize it.

      Peace and Blessings!

  19. Renell says:

    Hi Belinda,
    My name is Renell. I have a not for profit organization that provide recreation education, nutrition education, mentorship, and tutoring for youth in Chicago’s under served areas. I am already incorporated, but I would like to apply for my 501c3. Please let me know which package best fit my need. Thank you

  20. Debby Slater says:

    We are opening an affiliate to a fee for service day program in another state that provides low cost or no cost social and recreation services to higher functioning adults with special needs. There will be no medical personnel onsite and staff will only have minimal emergency care/CPR training. We have incorporated in the State of Mississippi and have our EIN. Our budget will be upwards of $170,000 the first year. Would it be feasible to use this kit to file our own Form 1023 and 990 (if applicable) or should I use a CPA. We are starting on a shoestring and a prayer and trying to remain debt free.

    Debby Slater

    • Hello Debby,

      You should be fine with the Sample 501c3 Application for CDC kit. You will need to customize the narrative.
      I encourage you to combine our write-up for Child Day Care and the Elderly Housing Program to provide the details of your adult program.

      Our kit won’t help you with the 990 tax return. I encourage clients to have a CPA prepare the 990’s. We can get that done for you!
      I’ve known a few to try it on their own and one prospect called us after they tried amending the same year tax return multiple times.
      Big red flag for potential IRS audit.

      I hope this helps!

  21. My wife and I are have started a nonprofit to help the homeless and underprivileged kids. Our goal is to grow our non profit into helping troubled teens and young adults open their own businesses. which kit would I need. and what are our chances of getting approved.
    Any advice would be gladly appreciated.

    • Hello Reginald,

      Yes, your organization would qualify for a 501c3.

      I would recommend the sample kit for the community development corporation. The kit includes a narrative with a number of programs for youth.

      I hope this helps!

  22. Hi I am at the 2nd half of filing my 501c3 I have already been issued my number but need to finish all the filing. I am wanting to start a transitional housing for displaced families, veterans and elderly. Do you have a template that you would recommend for me to use? also do you do any coaching?

    • Hi Linda,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I did not see your comment until today. I know it’s late, but perhaps you or someone else will benefit from it.

      If you’re still working on your 501c3 project, our Sample 501c3 Application Kit for Transitional Housing for Women will be a good example to follow. You may simply change the target group to displaced families, veterans and elderly. We do not provide coaching. However, we do offer a few additional resources for you:

      1. You may sign-up for our free 5-day Mini-Course on How to Start a Non-Profit in 5 days. Visit our home page – and scroll down to the middle of the page to sign-up.
      2. If you purchase one of our kits, you will get access to a webinar where I went page-by-page through a complete 501c3 application with a group of others who purchased the kit. I gave some awesome tips on what to watch for.
      3. We have a service were we can review your application before it goes out to the IRS. I’ll spend 30 minutes recording a video walk-through of your application and tell you what you need to tidy up and what looks fine.

      These 3 resources are great for anyone trying to complete the 501c3 application on their own.

      Again, so sorry for the delayed response. I hope this helps you or anyone else reading the comments!
      Belinda Whitfield

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