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Starting a Nonprofit Online is Easy

Our three-step process will have your business up and running SwyftlyTM

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Tell us about your business

Our easy online form only takes 10 minutes. Complete this step and we'll take it from there.

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We file the paperwork

Using the information you've provided, we prepare all required documents for incorporating your Nonprofit and file them directly with the Secretary of State.

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Receive your documents

Once your incorporation documents have been approved by the state, you will receive your completed Nonprofit package by mail.

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Choose the Right Business Type

Compare the important differences of each business structure to decide
which one is right for your company.

What sets Nonprofits apart

The Nonprofit Corporation is a special type of business structure, which exists to provide certain benefits to organizations that have the main goal of serving the public. Much like with other formal business types, those who run Nonprofits are provided limited liability protection.

Why choose a Nonprofit?

  • Can accept donations
  • Potential tax-exempt status
  • Raise capital through grants
  • Personal asset protection
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  • Protection
  • Limited liability protection
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    LLCs provide personal asset protection, which shields you from being personally liable for business debts.

    C Corps provide personal asset protection, which shields you from being personally liable for business debts.

    S Corps provide personal asset protection, which shields you from being personally liable for business debts.

    Nonprofits provide personal asset protection, which shields you from being personally liable for business debts.

  • Managing Your Business
  • Flexibility in management
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    LLCs must be member or manager managed according to the terms of the operating agreement. Member managed means the owners of the company manage the company. Manager-managed means the members (or owners) elect one or more managers to manage the company.

    C Corps are required to have shareholder elected directors who oversee and elect officers to run the day-to-day operations of the company. The business owner(s) can be the shareholder(s), the director(s) and officer(s).

    S Corps are required to have shareholder elected directors who oversee and elect officers to run the day-to-day operations of the company. The business owner(s) can be the shareholder(s), the director(s) and officer(s).

    Nonprofits are managed by their board of directors following the regulations set forth in their Bylaws.

  • Ease of ownership changes
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    Changes in ownership of an LLC are dependent on the terms of the operating agreement.

    Ownership changes in a C Corp are easily made through the sell of stock to new or existing shareholders.

    Ownership changes in an S Corp are easily made through the sell of stock to new or existing shareholders.

    Nonprofits have no owners.

  • Perpetual existence
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    The life of the LLC is dependent of the terms of the operating agreement. Its existence may be short term or perpetual that survive the death or transfer of the membership interests of the original founders.

    C Corps are separate entities that survive the death or transfer of stock of the owners and/or major shareholders.

    S Corps are separate entities that survive the death or transfer of stock of the owners and/or major shareholders.

    Nonprofits are entities that survive any change in their board of directors.

  • Ongoing formalities
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    Depending on the state of incorporation, an LLC may be required to file an annual report and/or pay franchise fees.

    After formation, C Corps have many ongoing formalities such as writing bylaws, selecting directors, holding initial and annual shareholder meetings, and issuing stock.

    After formation, S Corps have many ongoing formalities such as writing bylaws, selecting directors, holding initial and annual shareholder meetings, and issuing stock.

    After formation, Nonprofits have many ongoing formalities such as writing bylaws, selecting directors, and seeking tax exempt status.

  • Ability to raise capital
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    LLCs are not allowed to sell stock but may be able to raise capital via bank loans, from its members and various other avenues. Any equity to sales to third parties needs to be done in compliance with SEC regulations.

    C Corps may issue many types of stocks, which may be sold to an unlimited number of shareholders. Any equity sales to third parties needs to be done in compliance with SEC regulations.

    S Corps may issue one type of stock, which may be sold to a maximum of 100 shareholders. Any equity sales to third parties needs to be done in compliance with SEC regulations.

    Nonprofits may obtain bank loans, grants, venture capital, and tax-exempt donations. In some states, Nonprofits may sell stock.

  • Tax
  • Pass-through taxation
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    LLCs are not taxed at the corporate level. Instead, all profit and losses are reported with the personal income taxes of each member.

    The income of the C Corp is taxed at the corporate level and then again at the shareholder level.

    S Corps are not taxed at the corporate level. Instead, all profit and losses are reported with the personal income taxes of each shareholder (owner).

    The income of Nonprofits is taxed at the corporate level unless they apply for and are granted tax-exempt status.

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    LLCs are not taxed at the corporate level.

    The income of the C Corp is taxed at the corporate level and then again at the shareholder level.

    S Corps are not taxed at the corporate level.

    The income of Nonprofits is taxed at the corporate level unless they apply for and are granted tax-exempt status.

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    LLCs are not eligible for tax-exempt status.

    C Corps are not eligible for tax-exempt status.

    S Corps are not eligible for tax-exempt status.

    The income of Nonprofits is taxed at the corporate level unless they apply for and are granted tax-exempt status.

  • State Filing Fees
  • State formation fees
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    LLCs are required to pay formation fees to the state. Fees will vary based on the state of incorporation.

    C Corps are required to pay formation fees to the state. Fees will vary based on the state of incorporation.

    S Corps are required to pay formation fees to the state. Fees will vary based on the state of incorporation.

    Nonprofits are required to pay formation fees to the state. Fees will vary based on the state of incorporation.

  • Ongoing compliance fees
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    Depending on the state of incorporation, reports and fees may be required.

    An annual report and franchise fees are generally due each year along with other reports and fees, which varies depending on the state of incorporation.

    An annual report and franchise fees are generally due each year along with other reports and fees, which varies depending on the state of incorporation.

    For Nonprofits this varies from state to state.

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Advantages of Forming a Nonprofit

Nonprofits benefit from very unique advantages, making it easier for them to
impact positive changes in their communities and beyond.
Potential for Tax-Exempt Status

Nonprofits can receive state and federal exemptions from corporate income taxes (plus certain others) that other business structures must pay. A tax-exempt status isn’t immediately granted to Nonprofits, but will require specific steps to obtain it.

Organizational Perpetuity

A Nonprofit organization exists separately from those who manage and direct it. Because of this, the organization will continue to run even if the person who leads it leaves the business. The longevity of the business makes it much more attractive for donors who want their contributions to impact long-term goals.

Protection from personal debts and liabilities

Nonprofits are afforded the same limited liability protection as LLCs. This means that the personal assets of directors and officers are considered separate from the personal interest invested in the company. With this protection, debts and liabilities incurred are the responsibility of the business rather than its members.

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  • What’s the main reason organizations choose to file as a Nonprofit?

    Nonprofits are unique in that they are able to raise capital through acquiring special grants, and that they can receive tax-exempt status. For charity organizations, or those focused on serving the greater good of their communities, it is usually the only logical choice of business structure.

  • Are there any restrictions on who can file to form a Nonprofit?

    There are no restrictions regarding who can form a Nonprofit organization.

  • What is "tax-exempt status" and how can your Nonprofit acquire it?

    As most Nonprofits are typically founded with the main goal of benefitting the general public, Nonprofits can become "tax exempt" entities. This means that they are free from paying a vast majority of the taxes that are levied on other types of organizations.

    However, Nonprofits are not granted tax-exempt status automatically upon formation. After the organization is successfully formed with its state, it must file Form 1023 with the IRS to receive tax-exempt status. There may also be some state-level filing required to become tax exempt at the state level, depending on where your organization is located.

  • Does Swyft Filings assist with helping my Nonproft receive “tax-exempt” 501(c)(3) status?

    Yes. Swyft Filings assists with filing 501(c)(3) applications with the IRS. Learn more here.

  • Are there a required number of individuals needed to form a Nonprofit?

    The typical rule is that Nonprofits must have at least three board members to receive tax-exempt status from the IRS. However, it is possible to form a Nonprofit with only one founder.

    Learn more about organizing your Nonprofit’s leadership structure, and other Nonprofit formation steps, in the Swyft Filings Learning Center.

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