We Can Help You Obtain & Maintain Your 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization Designation

  1. Organize & Plan


  2. Incorporate


  3. Obtain Federal & State Tax Exemption


  4. Complete Solicitation Requirements



When starting a 501(c)(3) organization, there are generally two choices of how the organization will be classified. It can be a public charity or a private foundation. 


Public charities make up the majority of 501(c)(3) organizations and most people forming a new organization usually asume all 501(c)(3) organizations have public charity status. However, public charities enjoy advantages over private foundations. Some of these advantages include higher donor tax-deductible giving limits and the ability to attract support from other public charities or private foundations. 


A private foundation is a charitable organization that fails to qualify as a public charity. While still a nonprofit organization, a private foundation is usually created by a single primary donation from an individual or a business and whose funds and programs are managed by a small group.

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The state and federal rules governing nonprofits are complicated. Not only do the attorneys at Cervantes & Cervantes, PLC represent and form nonprofit companies in their legal capacity, they also each personally sit on nonprofit boards. Unlike other attorneys who may only understand the legal requirements of a nonprofit organization, the attorneys at Cervantes & Cervantes also understand the importance of remaining compliant with laws and the challenges that nonprofits can face from a personal standpoint as well.  Our attorneys can walk you through each stage and will make remaining compliant with state and federal laws simple and easy for you. 



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