IRS 501(c)(3) Form 1023 Help – Nonprofit Application For 501(c)(3) Tax ExemptionA Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide To Staring A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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I welcome any and all feedback and suggestions regarding the site and its content. If you are compelled to thank me for some odd reason, just use the comment form below and pour your heart out or better yet, consider donating a few dollars to keep this site alive for you and others. I hope that my work has been useful in some way, and wish you the best of luck in your humanitarian endeavor. Attention: don’t use the comment form below to ask questions about your application, use the contact page for your form 1023 related questions.

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LindaNovember 19th, 2011 at 6:08 am

What an amazing collection of articles. I honestly couldn’t do it with out this site. I spent a lot of times on the, but the answers there are all interrupted with the sales pitch for her book. At the end, your website was the place I would always end up. It simply is amazing that you have spent this much time writing these tutorials. I sincerely thank you.

Linda Sherman

AdminNovember 28th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thank you for the kind words. It’s nice to see that someone at least took a few minutes to give some feedback. I really appreciate it. Good luck with your nonprofit and welcome to the club.

Joel JurialaDecember 2nd, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I have also been using your site for quite sometimes now and I would like to thank you as well. It’s a great resource for those of who don’t have the money to spend on lawyers and in my humble opinion, It’s more beneficial to learn these things than having someone else do it. I also sent you an email on one small question I had, which I hope you find the time to answer. Thank you again.

robertDecember 4th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

thank you chris for making this site. I can’t seem to be able to open the pdf files. Is it a problem on the site or is at on my end.

AdminDecember 5th, 2011 at 11:53 am

Hi Robert,

The pdf files load just fine in every browser and platform i test them in. The problem is most likely on your end. Try updating your Adobe Reader and see if the problem goes away.

Does anyone else have problem with the pdf files? Can someone please let me know if they can open them?

KarenJanuary 16th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Thank you Chris for putting this site together, we have been using it nonstop for two months now and we sure couldn’t do without it. Do you have a Paypal account so we can donate a few bucks?

Karen and Chris

AdminFebruary 11th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Hi Karen,

Thank you for the kind words. No donation is necessary, your thank you note went a long way:) Best of luck with your form 1023 and let me know when you get the determination letter.

Ruth BurkeFebruary 12th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I’m impressed. The site is well organized and intelligently designed. We put off doing a 501c3 application because it was just so overwhelming and now we’re getting ready to launch. After reading every article on your site in the past week I feel empowered. A busy woman and her board thanks you – now to get to work!

AdminFebruary 16th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Hi Ruth,

I’m glad you found it useful. I’m impressed that you read all the articles, that’s some heavy reading. Just follow the steps and you should have your determination letter in no time. My best wishes to you and your board.


J WadsworthMarch 29th, 2012 at 12:23 am

I have found this site extremely helpfull! Thank you for putting it together! I am however extremely confused by Part V. Questions 2a and 2b. Since the form does not ask the person who filled it out to reveal themselves, the word “You” in question 2b becomes… well… confusing. A couple of the board memebers have existing business relationships between them. Those relationships exist outside of the non-profit, and were described in 2a. Without a reference to explain who “you” is, how do you answer 2b?

AdminApril 6th, 2012 at 1:36 am

“You” always means your organization. IRS doesn’t care about individuals, you are an organization and the only YOU is your organization. Hope this helps.

Andrea LovasApril 6th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thank you so much for your honest and extremely helpful advice. This site is amazing!

Mariah WillemsApril 9th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thank you for making this site available. I have checked out so many books from the library to help us fill out the form 1023, but i just keep referring to this site. It’s amazing how many pages and examples you have provided here and it makes it much easier to just search for the section name and find the answer here; something I can’t do with a book. Just wanted to say thank you and God bless you.

Cicilia GomezJune 25th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Excellent website, very easy to use and down to earth. Thank you for all your efforts. Donation sent.

Diane TalbertJuly 7th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hello Chris,

This website is great. This is so well put together and very organized. I could not have put all my paperwrok together without you. There was so much time and effort put into doing this. I really appreciate it. It was very easy to follow and trust me that is what I needed. I am almost finish with this. I am going to go over it very carefully to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I will be sending you a donation shortly. I could not have done this without you. Thank you again, Diane

AdminJuly 8th, 2012 at 4:20 am

Hi Diane,

Thanks for taking the time to write and I appreciate you kind words. I’m glad that this website is making the life of others easier and it’s truly rewarding to see that hundreds of people everyday rely on this information. Go over your application a few more times before sending it and ask any question you may have.

Best of luck to you and thank you for helping others.

Margaret HathawayJuly 15th, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hi Chris,

Just wanted to let you know that we received our determination letter yesterday and wanted to thank you on behalf of our board for your fabulous website and the months of work that you have put together here. We couldn’t have done it without you and we are indebted to you greatly. Thank you sincerely for all your efforts and your kind heart. If your travels take you to Michigan, you’ll be always welcome in our home. I have sent a meager donation and will send more as we get more funds.

AdminJuly 16th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Congrats Margaret and thank you for the comment and also the phone call. Best of luck to you and your budding organization and I’ll be sure to stop by if I ever come to your neck of the woods.:)

ClaudineAugust 1st, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I have been working on our 1023 form for a couple of weeks and this is definitively the most helpful, complete information I have read, with precious exemples and very clear explanations. Thank you. I will, soon, gladly, send you my little contribution.

Nadia StockburgerAugust 4th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I wish i would have found this sooner. Thank you Thank you Thank you

JCAugust 23rd, 2012 at 6:23 am

Thank you for the very helpful and informative website. I also enjoyed your eyeopening and terrifying read on church tax-exemption.

JCZSeptember 13th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thank you so very much! Your website really is informative. May I list you as a partner on my website? I think the online community should know about your efforts. GREAT JOB!!

JCZSeptember 13th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Robin Wright??? lol… needs to relax a bit… Some blunt and yes at times colorful conversation is exactly what Tax Forms need… 🙂

AdminOctober 22nd, 2012 at 1:33 am

@JCZ: Thanks for the praises:) Please do link to this site if you like. I’m not sure if partner is a right term but I sure appreciate the effort.

JeffNovember 24th, 2012 at 12:56 am

I’m lucky enough to have a lot of help with setting up my non-profit, but was totally stumped by the financials. I found a lot of terrible advice from a lot of sources, but this was the only site that made sense– and in fact, with your calculator, it was even EASY. It’s hard for me to overstate how grateful I am that this site exists, as you totally saved my ass on this. I will be donating a few bucks when I get my next paycheck.

Lady K.December 10th, 2012 at 3:35 am

Oh, what a relief that site is. I was reading a lot of others, but yours is the one that includes the REAL information. I can really understand it and follow. I will need to return a few more times to get this done, but as a foreginer I really appreciate your help. It would take me much longer to do it without YOUR information. Thank you very, very, much.
I just loved the answer you gave to this Robin Wright person. You are smart, witty and I love your sense of humor. Everyone who wrote appreciated your efforts except just that one. I’m all with you. Your response to her was well DESERVED.
Donation made, thanks again.
P.S. I used to live in Montana, just curious in which city you might be?

AdminDecember 12th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for taking the time to write and I do appreciate your donation and support. I’m glad that you find the information useful in some ways. My home base is Helena but I seem to be always somewhere else 🙂

Best of luck to you and your organization.



RomeyDecember 28th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

What a great site? What a great work put into writing this amazing website? It is very reassuring that we still have well-meaning people like you around in our country who do not despise non-profit work–the work of helping other who are less-fortunate than us. Knowing that you are sharing all this information for free is not only helpful for me for filing my IRS application, it encourages more to continue the work of my small non-profit. God bless and peace!!

BTW, 1023 Part VIII, question 10 is giving me sleeples nights. I don’t know whether to say Yes or No. Can you drop any whiskey in my cup on that?

AdminDecember 28th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Hi Romey,

You are welcome and thank you for taking the time to comment. As for the question 10 on part VIII, this only concerns you if you are a Symphony Orchestra, Art organization or alike. A symphony for example may produce a music CD for sale and distribution, which is considered Intellectual Property. For normal organizations, the answer should be no.

JoshFebruary 25th, 2013 at 2:27 am

Hi Chris, I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this website. I found a couple of typos which I sent you an email about as well. Keep up the good work and god bless.

Robert FullertonMarch 1st, 2013 at 2:15 am

Thank you for providing all this incredibly useful easy to understand
information for free. I am starting a speaking ministry and don’t have
the resources to hire a professional organizer. Your information
provides the tools to help do it myself. Thank you so much.

Cassandra McNewMarch 8th, 2013 at 9:45 pm


My business partner and I have been working months on our 501(c)(3)
application and I was researching some more tonight and came across
your website. We are in connection with a lot of organizations and
people trying to obtain their 501(c)(3) I will certainly without a
doubt refer them to your site for any help! It has been soooooooooo
much help to us and I am soooooooo thankful for you and all the time
you have put into this site. We will certainly be submitting our stuff
for review to you but I just wanted to send a quick thank you to you
for doing this!


AdminMarch 9th, 2013 at 12:47 am

Hi Cassandra,

Thank you for the kind words. I made this website because I was in the same boat as you are now, and I know how exhausting and frustrating it was to plow through all the legal jargons when all I wanted to do was to start doing. This site is supported by donation of its users and I’ll keep it alive no matter what. I get emails almost every week from law firms to either sell the domain name to them (so they can take it down) or advertise for them but my answer is always no. Feel free to use it as much as you like and pass it on to others if you think it would be beneficial to them. Let me know when your application is ready and I’ll be glad to review it for you.


Chris Sorbi

CarynMarch 11th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Hi Chris,
I just stumbled upon this site and it is amazing! All of the information that I have spent months weeding through is right here…presented concisely and clearly. Thank you! I’m anxious to now go section by section to complete form 1023. Thank you so much for so graciously sharing your knowledge.

AdminMarch 11th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

You are welcome Caryn.

Lady K.March 12th, 2013 at 12:59 am

I have been using information from this website and have pitched in what I could. While reading all those wonderful comments about how helpful it is I cann’t help but wonder why none of you could spare 5 or 10 bucks to help out the creator? Do you have any idea how much it would cost to hire anyone to help you out? Frankly, I am disappointed how easy we forget that while we need help of this kind, so does the creator of this great website in a form of a small donation. Wake up people, let’s all do our part. Just a little from each one of us would make a huge difference to the one who was so generous towards us. What woud you do if he finally decided to sell the thing to the lawyers because he got frustrated with all of us so sweetly mooching of his info. Please, donate. It’s the right thing to do. Thank you.

CarynMarch 12th, 2013 at 7:26 am

I agree Lady K….donation made. Thank you!

Bridgett JohnsonMarch 27th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I just found your site and OMG, i just want to say thanks in advance.
I so don’t want to get started, but I don’t want to pay the arm and
leg that’s being charged by these companies. I just paid charity net
$1,800 only to find out after the fact that they don’t help me with
the 1023, which is what i expressed, they just did me a strategic
plan. i digress !! Anyways. Just Thanks a bunch for this site ! Now, i
just gotta get started, uuuugghh !

AdminMarch 27th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hi Bridgett,

I’m glad you found this site and you are more than welcome to use it however
you want. There is no fee or anything to sell here so relax and get started.

Best of luck to you.

RudyApril 7th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I found this site a major help in completing my 1023 that I donated to your cause. Thanks again.

I have a question for you. If I received acknowledgement of receipt of my application in December 2012, and the acknowledgment states that I should hear something in 90 days if the application fall into the first two groups.

It has been approximately 100 days, and I have not heard anything. Is it warranted to assume that my application has fallen into the third group (needs more development); hence the reason why I have not heard anything from the IRS?

AdminApril 7th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi Rudy,

Call the IRS at (800) 829-4933 and ask them about your case. The 90 day rule doesn’t necessarily means that they will be questioning you. I know that applications have been taking alot longer in the past 6 months so that could be the cause of it.

Good luck to you.

ThomasApril 9th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I don’t believe in my eyes that this grade of useful information would be free to public! Thank you!
One quick question. If I copy and paste the examples you provided here, will it cause any issues with IRS guys, assuming that many folks must have done the same thing as I might to favor, so the IRS may have hundreds of same stories except the names, of course?

AdminApril 9th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

It depends on the answer. Don’t just copy and paste, you need to actually know what you’re answering to. There are things that can be used as they are but always put them in your own words.

Christine MitchellApril 15th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I can’t thank you enough for this website. I have been struggling with our 1023 for months. I don’t think I would have ever been able to do it without your wonderful explanations. People like you make this world a better place.

Thank you so much,

Sue MutchlerApril 16th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi Chris,
concerning the “do not copy and paste”…I’m almost to the point of sending you all of our documents to review. I did however copy and past portions of your information..Im just about burned out on putting this together, and just want it over with. I did, where it was most important, put things in my own words. Will this somehow disqualify me since some of it is word for word from you??? (tell me it isn’t so)

AdminApril 16th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

You’ll be fine Sue, a lot of thing have to be copied so no worries.

Cathy TarrMay 23rd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Amazing site and I appreciate the work – that’s a LOT of work. The most helpful thing is knowing why each question is asked – extremely helpful when constructing answers. I volunteered to help out a local wild bird rescue organization and spent weeks using the site, step by step. I mailed the application on February 19 and the group received their determination letter May 20 – no questions asked! Awesome! Just sent off a small donation!

AdminMay 23rd, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Cathy for the donation and the update. It’s always nice to hear from the users who get their determination letter. Most just disappear 🙂

Florence BrownJune 7th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thank you for this useful website on Form 1023. I’ve read all the comments sent. I’m going to adopt a lot of your language used in completing this form once the incorporation is legalized. I appreciate your sharing of your talent and intelligence. This will be a big resource for me since I’m helping this npo. I will be visiting your site more often. Again many thanks to you Chris.

Chris SorbiJune 7th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi Florence,

You are very welcome. Come back as often as you like and take as much as you need 🙂

Mark GedeonJune 10th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Spent most of my day here today. Fantastic! Great resource. Appreciate you doing this. Hope to be able to drop by once we are up and going and contribute to you being able to keep it up.

GeoffAugust 15th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

What an amazing website!!! I wish I would have found this site ealriler as I would have saved myself a lot of money and headache. This site should be mentioned on the form 1023, so people know where to find information when they need it.

Thanks and donation sent.

AtticusOctober 9th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

In order to figure out 1023 form, since January this year, I have talked to friends of friends, attorneys and CPAs. Your page was like an oasis, however. It answered all my questions and gave me peace of mind. Now, I am actually able to work on my application. Attorneys and CPAs charge ridiculous amounts.

LisaNovember 25th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Words cannot describe how grateful I am and how beautiful you are as a person. I’m in tears. I really appreciate your time and dedication and will definitely be sending a donation your way. Sincerely

LavonyaJanuary 3rd, 2014 at 11:13 am

Ibid, all of the above comments (minus the negative one). This has been SUCH a help.

Khadija ElAminJanuary 3rd, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Thank you so much for helping others be successful with fulfilling their goals by putting up this site. I am truelly grafeful that you cared enough to show others get a little closers to what they are trying to do. I will make a donation to this site very soon.

Khadija ElAminJanuary 3rd, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I also agree with what the other person said earlier about how attorneys and others charge a ridicilous amount to help. However you cared. I am very grateful. I can’t wait to make a donation. 🙂

Doug RudolphJanuary 18th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

This site is amazing, thank you for this. What a resource! I’m in the process of filing Form 1023, and your information/direction is helping tremendously. I donated, and will continue to regularly support this site as my organization develops because I will be regularly coming back!

Chris SorbiJanuary 27th, 2014 at 12:34 am

Thank you guys for the comments. I’m glad that this site is helping so many and I will always keep it free and accessible for all.

LeviJanuary 27th, 2014 at 2:03 am

So, after finding this site, reading all the feedback (loved the one where you put the person in their place; thanks for being real, Chris Sorbi), and realizing I will be using this extensively, I donated because I knew this will be a good resource. I figured that I could pay an attorney AT LEAST $2,000 that I don’t have to file my paperwork for me, or I could make a small donation to keep this site alive and say thanks for the help.
So, get this: I donated less than a tenth ($200) of what I could have paid to an attorney. It’s after 10 PM, and I get an e-mail from Chris Sorbi minutes later thanking me for my generous donation and asking me if I meant to donate that much and that he’d be happy to refund my donation if the amount was made in error.
I knew I felt good about donating, but now I know that I’ve never made a better choice. If anyone wants me to forward the e-mail, contact me: lleavitt@sileducation. I can’t believe it. I also already have the email with the links for the documents.
Keep up the open source work, dude.
Good luck to everyone in their respective causes!

Sandra GunnFebruary 5th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

You are a National Treasure! You are a man of integrity; a man who shares without expecting anything in return; a man who gives freely of his time to help all of us to begin worthy projects. Thank you for your kind response emails to my questions. I have one more hurdle and hope that you can help me jump it cleanly. I made a small donation but intend to keep making small donations until they all add up to something larger than small. Thank you Chris!

DoniciaFebruary 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 am

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for creating this website.
It is pure genius!! It is assisting me with my up incoming non profit
reentry program. The paperwork can get frustrating but your website
keeps me inspired. Thank you !!

carroll gallivanFebruary 28th, 2014 at 9:57 am

You’re an excellent writer. More important you give everything he want for nonprofit. The documentations for the article of incorporation and bylaws is wonderful. I will give the donation for the money on Monday (3/3/2014).

I am retired and it will be a long journey to get the IRS ready, and then I will hope to your consultation ($225.00). Maybe we can give more…

Thank you very much…
carroll gallivan…

Linda KazmierskiMarch 18th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Thank you so much for this site. I have spent the last 6 hours pouring over documents – I get so excited at each new step I don’t want to leave my computer! But I have to my shoulders are really talking to me!
During the last few months I’ve spent many hours on the internet that led me in circles. What a gem you are. I have this bookmarked and will be back. I actually feel like this will get done now! I made a very small donation and only wish I could do more right now.

OreitaApril 9th, 2014 at 1:52 am

Cheers Chris,
I hope you are having a great week. I came across your site early last year after reading countless online info and some books on forming a nonprofit organization. It was all so daunting and uninspiring. Most authors, at least the ones I read, only skimmed the surface of what I sought. They never cut clear to the bone and explain in full detail as you have so elegantly and with a bit of humor did on your site. I managed nonetheless with what I researched to file & received my Article of Incorporation. I think it was the easiest of the lot to accomplish.
Now, the grind and misery begins with form 1023 and I am NOT taking this task on without the help of your amazing website. You explain things in layman’s term and give awesome answers, which I will borrow a few (lots) and use in my own voice as much as I can.
Saying thank you seems insufficient, so I will make a proper donation. But you only take PayPal, so I must reactivate my account. Thank you for the clarity and for your generosity. You as well as this page are awesome. Once I’ve completed my form, I would greatly appreciate it if you would, only if you have some time, to look it over. In any case, I need to get some rest. Tomorrow or Friday the latest, you’ll receive my donation.

Thank you,

Chris SorbiApril 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 pm

You are welcome Oreita. When you are ready, shoot me an email and we’ll go from there.

Eric LarsenApril 21st, 2014 at 9:16 pm

We’ve actually been running our non-profit for over a year. We’re coming up on the window for getting the IRS forms in and I have been scrambling. In 10 minutes on your site I have learned more practical, useful information than trying to decipher the IRS cryptography for several hours.

I just got your templates and they are great. Your humanitarian foundation is nearly identical to what we are doing in Thailand. Awesome.

I would also like to thank you for the article on Dwolla. We’ve had to turn down online donations or ask people to send us a check because the PayPal fees and red tape are too much. I will definitely check these guys out but I gotta ask why you are bot using them yourself?

Anyway, thanks again for keeping this site up.

Chris SorbiApril 22nd, 2014 at 11:38 pm

You are very welcome:) As for Dwolla, I use them extensively for my clients but since people want to download their stuff here immediately, it’s not feasible to hold their money for 4 days until it clears and hence I use PayPal for this site. Otherwise Dwolla is great.

J FinestraApril 28th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Hi Chris,

I’m an attorney (not nonprofit) and I downloaded your documents and I just wanted to thank you for making these available. They are lifesavers and well worth the small donation I sent. Keep up the good work. Also, may I contact you regarding a big organization application? I would be happy to compensate you for your valuable knowledge. I will send you an email as well.


Joel Finestra

Chris SorbiApril 28th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Hi Joel, Thanks for pitching-in and no problem, just shoot me an email with your number and we can talk it over.

NancyMay 4th, 2014 at 3:02 am

I want to thank you for this most informative, well designed website. I’ve been using it for the last several months as I put our 1023 documents together. It has the most thorough and complete information that I have come across. I would very much like you to review our documents and would welcome your comments and suggestions. I believe I have the docs in the required format and will shortly email the zip file to you and will make a payment on Paypal.

Chris SorbiMay 6th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Hi Nancy, You are welcome:) I’ll look forward to your docs then.

Jane pedersonJuly 16th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

does anyone know how long the new 1023EZ forms take to be approved? Assuming of course you were eligible to use the ez form and filled them out correctly.

Chris SorbiJuly 17th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Hi Jane, no one knows for sure but from the look of it, my guess is around 1 month. But as of right now, the website doesn’t even work to even try to submit it. Please read the Form 1023 EZ section on this site before deciding on using it.

SangeetaJuly 17th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Chris I wanted to share the great news with you, we received our Tax Exemption Status from the IRS today!!! Thank you so much for all your help, I don’t think I could have done it without you.

We would love to work with you in South America or other places, this is very exciting news for us. Thank you again,

TaneeaJuly 20th, 2014 at 2:31 am

I am so happy to have found this site! Thank you. Seriously, what a life saver, I just wish I would have found it earlier.

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Hurrah, that’s what I was searching for, what a material!

existing here at this web site, thanks admin of this website.

Olesia C. KennedySeptember 29th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I HIGHLY recommend working with Chris when applying for your Non-Profit status. I poured over multiple documents, conversed with others, etc. regarding how to fill out the IRS forms and got nothing but more confused and still had questions. Before Chris, i worked on our non-profit documents for 3 months … all to no avail. But then when i started working with Chris, he not only makes filling out the forms understandable, but if you have any questions, he promptly returns your calls, answers your emails and explains how you need to answer the questions and why….It only took 2 weeks total time working with Chris to get all the required non-profit filing forms filled out properly. The proof that Chris’ guidance is “spot-on” came in the mail today. We received our non-profit exemption in less than 30 days…. most remarkable as our situation was not simple. But with Chris’s help, which far exceeded any other assistance, we now are legally and properly a non-profit organization. Thank you Chris!!!

Don PaskettOctober 7th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Although I did not find this site until I had almost all my documents done, I am so glad I did. I started a nonprofit to help residents in the county I live in and some surrounding areas that came about after I had to close my auto detailing business and went broke with a Family of 4. After filling out piles of paperwork and waiting forever, we almost hit rock bottom until relieve finally came but not in the way of state or federal but by the community we live in. The short term I like to use for what I do is “providing assistance for those waiting for state or federal assistance”, we have a very short one page form and once we verify someone is really in need, we help them, from maybe a utility bill, gas money to get to a job interview or medical appointment, car repair if needed, maybe someone can afford to pay rent if they had an apartment but never has enough for the deposit, you get the point. Shortly after founding “Family dreams Inc.” a couple called me and said they don’t feel as if they do enough for the community so they handed me a custom Harley Davidson Heritage Softail to raffle off and said do some good with it, well on nov. 29, 2014 someone will win it and when those funds are available for distribution, you can bet I will donate to this site, until then I will share with every one! Thank you

LaurenOctober 15th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I would just like to say thank you for organizing this site and making it available to newly formed nonprofits. I used this site to help form our nonprofit and to file our IRS tax exemption, and I know it is the reason why we got our determination letter back successfully in 90 days! Without your help, I feel I would have been at a loss because the tax application is so unbelievably overwhelming, particularly when you are a brand new nonprofit and do not have numbers or reports to base a lot of your findings on. It’s all projections. BUT thanks to your help with it, we received our exempt status, and the grant work can finally begin! Thank you, Thank you!

Chris SorbiOctober 16th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Hi Lauren,

Congratulations and thanks for letting me know. I wish you the best.


LARRIETTA .MJanuary 9th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Hello Chris,

I am absolutley happy, just a bit sad that I didn’t found you alot sooner. I have gone through the ringers and back. I am a one army woman that’s very comapssionate and my moto to others such as volunteers, that come to me that volunteering isn’t a job IT’S a PASSION.

I sincerely want to thank you from my heart, you are such an inspiration to share, as I too realize the fees are outlandish etc..etc..

I unfortunately wasn’t able to download your Articles, however typed every word myself. I owe you CHRIS and promise that I will donate. I read what you posted also as far as you aren’t seeking anyone to pay your bills. But let me be FRANK, you deserve it! If it were the case.

A while back almost a year now, a woman came to me stating that she would prepare everything for me and I could pay once everything was completed but to no prevail she failed by not doing it at all. She had all of my plans and ideas and notified me of the completeness, however I tried contacting her countless times, to arrange a day and time to pick the docs..up, NO ANSWER. Wow what an UNCLASSLESS ACT.

So you see CHRIS this is why you are set apart from all the wolves.

Thank you for helping me..
you are simply the BEST.
Happy New year 2015

GavinJanuary 12th, 2015 at 2:44 am

Hi Chris and Users of this site,

The content on the site and Chris are the very best source of help I’ve found. For the record I searched books, the web, and in person contacts for a little over a year before coming in contact with Chris and his site. I can tell you with all honesty, this guy/site is the most effective and honest Ive come to know.

Thank you Chris

Brett S.February 20th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Thank you so much for your brilliant guidance with this process. We submitted our 1023 application on January 29, 2015 and were granted our 501(c)(3) status on February 10, 2015 – an unprecedented short turn around time! We did request expedited processing, explaining that funding would not be likely absent official tax exempt status, but did not provide any corresponding letters of support from our prospective funders. We did not anticipate such a quick turn around and only learned that our application was successful when we called the IRS to ask a procedural question (well worth the 1 1/2 hour wait to get a live person). After answering our question, the IRS representative looked up our status and congratulated us. We received the confirmation letter later that day. I doubt that we would have had such immediate success without your excellent guidance. Thank you!! (P.S. We donated right after we submitted our form).

Nancy CardozaFebruary 21st, 2015 at 5:37 am

Hi Chris! This message is long overdue but I want to thank you so much for all the help you gave me in reviewing my 1040 application. It was such a daunting and complex application and I was so happy to have this web site and your assistance. I know scheduling calls between the U.S. and Africa wasn’t easy and the connection not always good but you were very patient. I am now happy to report that after about 100 days our application has been approved.

Again, thank you for such great service.

Larry KApril 29th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I think your website is a great source of documents for starting a nonprofit.

SaraJune 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 am

Hello, thanks for this great resource. I notice that the IRS-based document provided (A Complete Guide…) is missing page 6-1. I do now know if this is very crucial, but I thought I would point that out for future revisions.
Thanks again, and I will keep reading!

Chris SorbiJune 5th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

It’s all there 🙂 Page 6 is blank.

ColleenAugust 5th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Wow! Thank you Chris for this amazing site. It’s been our bible for a couple months now as we slowly trudge through Form 1023 – we have even acquired an appreciation for all the questions they ask. We will def be using your review service! Thank you! Thank you!!! We do have a few specific questions we’d like to email you and will be donating another $50 (would that we could do 10x that!) for your time, so look for us! 🙂

KingstonSeptember 29th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Thank you Chris For all the help. I just learnt so much that I dint think it was possible to do by myself without an attorney.

LindaOctober 17th, 2015 at 8:15 am

I just wanted to let you know that our non-profit AKUN in Alaska got the determination letter from the IRS yesterday… granting us tax-exemption 501c3 status. No questions or addendum were asked.

We are very pleased and we thank you so much for your great help!
Your website and your direct support were absolutely key to this success!

We are happy that you can add AKUN to your long list of approved non-profits!

Thank you again!

Linda Franks

BillOctober 28th, 2015 at 7:02 pm


We have been totally remiss in not letting you know we received our tax exempt status on August 17th!!! We are so grateful for your expertise and guidance in helping us through that process…not to mention the savings. Thank you. Thank you. We will definitely refer you to anyone needing Form 1023 support! Much gratitude.

Belle Starr and Bill McDorman

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CandiceFebruary 9th, 2016 at 8:32 am

First, the monumental contribution you have established here for the benefit of nonprofit starters is staggering and inexplicably astonishing to me. For more than four years, I have been engaged exclusively in volunteer work without generating a dime of income from it. I was compelled to make the choice of not having a normal job with a salary and benefits because it left no time to fulfill the commitment to serve the phenomenal groups of people I love so much. However, the privilege of being allowed to serve and volunteer in this capacity IS the benefit. Perhaps, I should say benefits.

Thank you so much for the brain cramps I’m suffering having read every word of each chapter on your website. I just finished -Instructions For IRS Form 1023 Part X – Public Charity Status-and am now suspended in some dazed like trance from having understood NOTHING. Not a word. Zero comprehension of what I reviewed again and again. I rocketed to the heights of hysteria because frankly, my woefully inadequate intelligence level was that awful yet marvelously entertaining. Thank God I can laugh at my own mediocrity. I love that after reading and reviewing each chapter, somehow, I am dumber.

But seriously. THANK YOU for all of this information. I cannot afford lawyer fees or an accountant. Or anything else. (Another story for another time.) It may take two years for me to grasp everything and assemble the first draft of my application. Ha!!!! But I am determined to finish. If for no other reason than you making all of this information available to get it done. Okay. I think I’m done commenting. P.S. It’s not that I hate math. I hate that math has never made any sense to me. So grateful for my high school calculous teacher who honestly understand that proofs could’ve been in Chinese and I wouldn’t have noticed anything different. He passed me. I majored in Creative Writing and Theology, so you can imagine I find myself back in Mr. Chandler’s calculous class. Dazed and confused. No Mr. Chandler. But Mr. IRS. Lord, help me.

Ivan McKinneyMarch 10th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Literally, Best Donation Ever!! You and your team have given me a resource that will transform my non-profit. I look forward to following your site through the course of this journey. Thank you

P.S. Most people when donating to a cause you leave with the warmeth of assisting a team with a positive initiative. Today I am excite to leave with more than warmeth. I have been educated on tools and tips that will keep my organization going and protected.

TafadzwaApril 4th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Dear Chris,

I realized I neglected to let you know that we got our 501 (c)(3) approval last October! Many thanks for the great assistance!

Frederik StefaniApril 28th, 2016 at 6:51 pm


I did receive the letter of approval about IRS tax exempt. I want to thank you for your help and assistance in my application process.

Thank you again. Keep in touch.

Loren G. Martin, Ph.D.May 8th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Using your templates along with a lot of original material, I prepared
the 501c3 application for SWAT, LTD (Saving Whiskers And Tails), an
animal rescue, rehab and rehoming group of volunteers in Pryor, OK. It
has only been 6 weeks, and we did not request any expedited
consideration, but already today we received our 501c3 approval in the
mail!!!! If you’d like a copy for your files of successes, I’ll send
you a copy. Many thanks for all of your help.

PaulJuly 1st, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Just an FYI – we got ACCEPTED on the first shot – ya.

Thanks for all of your help,


Esther JosephJuly 6th, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Thank you thank you thank you because I don’t have $$$ to pay overrated lawyers and whatever they call themselves out there. I appreciate this website very much after doing so much research to find instructions, resources and the tools I desperately needed to do this 1023. You really helped me answer the tough questions in the best way. Still working on finishing the 1023 . You speak my language lol.

RICHELLE R SEWELLSeptember 12th, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Thank You, I appreciate all the time and effort you put into this site.It has made this process attainable in a reasonable time,so I can get to more important things. I look forward to my future as the Director/advocate of a sexual assault non profit and I will never forgot your help.A Million Thanks..Chellie

Alex CookOctober 4th, 2016 at 7:54 am

It is almost to hard to explain how helpful this site is. I only wish I could have found it sooner. Thank you for helping so many people. May God bless you and your endeavors.

Kim EdwardsNovember 10th, 2016 at 11:04 am

This is the first non profit I’ve ever done for a client and I was getting a lot of information online and getting completely overwhelmed thinking ‘should I really tackle this?…The info on the IRS site is in no clear order and no advice on how to get it done correctly. Your site is a God-send, clearly and I cannot express in words how helpful this site and all your notations are. I gladly donated, because I appreciate it so very much. It is easy to understand, in logical order and I feel so much more prepared when talking to my client and offering this service in the future! Thank you just doesn’t convey how grateful I am.

Chris SorbiNovember 10th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

You are very welcome and I’m glad you found it useful.

TedNovember 10th, 2016 at 5:19 pm


We received the good news from the IRS today. The Nebraska City Veterans Memorial Building Project is officially a Tax Exempt 501(c)(3).

I mailed the 1023 off to the IRS on August 11, 2016 and the letter we received today was dated November 4th. It only took 3 months. It never would
have happened this quickly without your help.

Thank you so much for the work you do to help us little guys.


Chris SorbiNovember 10th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Hi Ted,

Congrats. You guys deserved it and now the hard work starts. I wish you the best.

Sharon WeissDecember 15th, 2016 at 12:30 am

The task of having an organization’s nonprofit status reinstated has
been daunting (after lazy predecessors with no follow-through), but
you and your site have demystified the process and made this final
stretch doable. Thank you. While your pages could use a little editing
(grammar, etc.), they are organized, clear, and generally outstanding.
I especially appreciate your candor, your humor, and your values about
knowledge and about doing the right thing. I’m presently exhausted and
not even done yet, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you.
Donation forthcoming. Great site! A little faith in humanity is
restored. Keep dreaming. Sincerely, Sharon Weiss, PhD

NancyDecember 15th, 2016 at 12:31 am

Hi Chris,
Just wanted to let you know that we received our approval letter yesterday. Thank you for all
your help. Your website is such a service to others and proved to be invaluable for us. Along with the review of the application, we especially wanted to note the advice on taking the time to do the full application. We probably could of qualified for the short form. I found by doing the full app, it helped me tremendously vision out our ministry. I will be letting others know about the site.
Thank you so much again,

Jan ReitmanJanuary 4th, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Chris: We submitted our application last June and finally received our IRS letter of approval on Dec 23. Yea! I relied on your instructional materials, templates, and the comments and advice you gave me. Thank you much.
Jan Reitman

JenniferJanuary 19th, 2017 at 10:49 pm

Thank you SO much for your help and for the work you do maintaining this site! It is a breath of hope in what feels like the slow collapse of the dream that my team and I have for the nonprofit launch we’re working on, lately. The past few weeks made the effort feel impossible or at least prohibitively expensive until we found your website. Thank you so much.

AgnieszkaFebruary 1st, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Hello Chris, this is wonderful web. I do not speak fluent English ,and i will need a lot of help to start my organization.But what i can see now ,helped me already to see if i manage ..and with this side, i believe ,at least paperwork will be done correct and i will not loose my hard earned money in IRS pocket- i work as a CNA in local Nursing Home. I just got my check LOL and i am going to donate, with hope, you will be able to help more people.TO ALL WHO IS READING IT …DONATE DONATE DONATE.Good job, Chris !!!Best Wishes .Agnieszka

J PierceFebruary 17th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

I just wanted to thank you for doing so much work to provide this
resource for people. I also really appreciate your sense of humor.
Thanks for all the additional resources when you donate! Best of luck
with your future endeavors!

David KaneFebruary 18th, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for this great resource. I just began putting together Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, and when it came time to see about the Conflicts of Interest Policy I came back to your site for more info. I decided that the $35 donation would be money well spent (and well deserved) and I have not been disappointed. I’ve only just glanced at the Conflicts policy template. Thanks again, David K

MichaelMarch 6th, 2017 at 8:38 am


We received today our notification letter making us tax-exempt from October 28, 2016.

Thank you for your direct assistance and for all the documentation contained on your website. You provide a wonderful service to those of us who are not able to engage the system due to limited resources. We will be sending an additional contribution through your website in the coming week.

Thank you and blessing on all you do.


ThelmaMarch 11th, 2017 at 11:18 pm

This website information is valuable. Thank you.

PhilMarch 20th, 2017 at 9:57 pm

I wanted to thank you for helping my organization obtain 501 c3
status. I think we set a record! It took 3 weeks for us to be
approved. Thank you!

Chris SorbiApril 3rd, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Hi David,

Thanks and corrected 🙂

Cheers, Chris

PatApril 3rd, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Hi Chris,

Hope all is well with you! Great news, the IRS reinstated our 501(c)(3) back to the date we lost the status in 2011. Thank you again for your help and assistance with this endeavor.

Celeste ScaifeMay 19th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Thank you Chris for the information that you have provided. It blows my mind how much is required, but in the long run I know it will be worth it. Thank you again!

Juli KoffmanJune 1st, 2017 at 8:26 pm

This may sound petty, but if you could permit right clicking on the hyperlinks so they can be opened in a new tab or window, or automatically have them open in a new tab or window, that would be great. It’s frustrating having to continually use the back button and figure out where I last left off reading. Thanks a bunch! Love your website, by the way. What a lifesaver. Thank you for the colossal effort.

Jeff GilchristJune 5th, 2017 at 6:27 pm

If you are looking to start a 501(C)3, you have come to the right place! Chris is an expert and he knows his business hands-down! I hired him to help me with my Sage Hawk Foundation 1023 form, and he did not disappoint me. We spoke back and forth several times over the phone until every detail was covered and completed to his satisfaction. I thought I had done a pretty good job by myself, but Chris spotted a dozen major errors. I was notified today that my foundation was approved for tax exemption status, and it was way ahead of schedule! I never had to do any corrections with the IRS. This website is one of the best-kept secrets on the Internet. Please don’t bother wasting your money on expensive business lawyers. Chris is THE MAN! Well done, sir!

AshleySeptember 30th, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Hey Chris,

I just wanted to let you know that I just received our 501c3 acceptance letter in the mail today! Thank you so much for offering the services that you did. I could never have done it by myself nor was I at a place financially to pay someone. So again thank you! I will be referring you as much as I can.

With Respect,

Ashley Little
The Greater Love

Gary.December 6th, 2017 at 8:01 pm


Yesterday I received our tax exempt authorization form the IRS. I never received any request for more information. Thank you very much for your excellent advise.

Six Basins Project Inc.

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