Think Again, if you want to be a nonprofit anytime soon!

Get Started Sooner rather than Later so you can Start Applying for Grants as soon as possible!  Many of our clients have heard of CyberAssist, a new way that the IRS is planning to make applying for 501c3 status easier by having an online filing option.  This is exciting to all of us and we look forward to the day when we can use it, but don’t hold your breath.  This year they announced that the filing fee will be greatly reduced for those who file online.  Online filing using what the IRS is calling their “Cyber Assistant” will have a fee of only $200.  That’s $650 less than the typical $850 most nonprofit organizations have to pay to get 501c3 status. 

While this appears to be a compelling reason to wait to file for 501c3 status, the truth is waiting could lead to serious delays that your organization simply cannot afford.  Time is money and every month you spend not applying for 501c3 status is another month that you cannot apply for grants or offer tax deductions to your donors.

The public was told in 2007, 2008, and 2009 to expect the Cyber 1023, and when the IRS announced the reduced fee last year, many were hopeful that this would be the year where they’d finally be able to file online.  Unfortunately, on May 7, 2010, the IRS announced again that the unveiling would be postponed again.

We should not expect to see the online form 1023 application for tax exemption during this 2010 calendar year.  We’re hopeful on behalf of all of our clients and all those good people starting nonprofit organizations that this will change in 2011, but we cannot recommend that anyone count on it. 
When CyberAssist does come online, you can rest assured that our firm will be one of the early adopters of online filing to save your organizations time and money,  We will be here to guide our clients through the process from start to finish.  For now, avoid unnecessary and costly delays and get started now by calling our legal assistants at 800-928-4161.

 Wondering how you can avoid all the paperwork and filing fees for becoming a 501c3 nonprofit organization, but still be able to apply for grants and offer donors a tax deduction?  Fiscal Sponsorship is the solution for your project or new nonprofit.  It’s simple.  As a project or program of an existing 501c3, you can operate your organization, further your mission and help people!  You can even fundraise to cover the start up fees to eventually become a fully operational independent organization.  You need only partner with an existing 501c3 organization who is willing to sponsor your organization.  The purpose of the 501c3 must be able to encompass the work that your organization intends to do.  Our services include determining that the purposes are legally similar enough to enter into this kind of relationship.

 Fiscal Sponsorship is a great way for the existing 501c3 organization to help incubate projects that will further the mission and purpose of your organization.  This looks good for you as an organization and is great for leveraging funds.  These kinds of partnerships benefit everyone involved.

 Below you will find a list of Fiscal Sponsorship Organization across the nation.



Dance Films Association

48 West 21st Street, #907; New York, NY 10010
tel: (212) 727-0764
email: info(at)

Dance Films Association was started in 1956 with a mission to foster dance on camera films.  As an international known membership organization, DFA connects artists and organizations, fosters new works for new audiences, and shares essential resources.  DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. DFA offers fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers, choreographers, dancers, musicians, and other artists who are creating dance on camera, which covers a wide range of film experiences from experimental to documentary.

Earth Island Institute

2150 Allston Way; Ste. 450, Berkeley, CA 94704
tel: (510) 859-9100

Earth Island Institute develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the biological and cultural diversity that sustain the environment. As an alternative to dozens of separate nonprofits, each duplicating basic administrative functions, EII is a consortium of more than thirty grassroots campaigns, each functioning independently while sharing resources and benefiting from the synergistic exchange of experience, ideas, and energy.
Earth Island Institute provides non-profit sponsorship and administrative services for new and existing Projects. In addition, we provide our Projects with assistance in strategic planning, public outreach, fundraising, and other resources and services that maximize the effectiveness and quality of their collective efforts.


Fractured Atlas

248 West 35th St. #1202, New York, NY, 10001
tel: (212) 624-5851

Fractured Atlas is a national nonprofit arts service organization. Our fiscal sponsorship program is open to independent artists and emerging arts organizations nationally working in any artistic discipline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and approved monthly. Projects manage a sponsored fund through our unique online tool kit on our website and you must have regular access to the internet to participate.


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

20 Jay Street, Ste 740, New York, NY 11201
tel: (212) 366-6900
fax: (212) 366-1778
email: sponsor(at)

NYFA’s mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA is the largest provider of grants, services, and information to artists working in all disciplines in the United States.