The next step after getting 501(c)(3) status
Oftentimes, when an organization incorporates* and also acquires 501(c)(3) recognition, the leaders think that their legal process is over. On the contrary, it is the beginning of a process we like to call the "StayRIGHT journey." Starting right is great, but staying right is something that needs continual attention. In most states, once you receive your 501(c)(3) approval, the next step is to register with the Department of Charitable Solicitations, a division of the Secretary of State office. This critical next step is often overlooked by nonprofits and can cause serious consequences in the future.
Is it mandatory that my organization file?
It depends on what type of organization you are. If you are a church or a para-church ministry, about half of the states require you to register with the Department of Charitable Solicitations. If you are a community development corporation, or are creating a holdings corporation, it is mandatory to register in nearly every state.
How do I register?
Essentially, the registration requires that you provide certain information about your church, para-church, or nonprofit organization and give insight into its basic business operations. This is done to ensure integrity in the public charity sector and to maintain public confidence.
Are there penalties for noncompliance?
Yes! Every state law that is not fully followed by your church or ministry comes with penalties, some that could result in thousands of dollars!
Failure to register before taking up tithes and offerings is against the law and could results in penalties and fines. Do not wait. Register today to ensure your legal compliance.
Registering is easy with StartCHURCH
Our goal is to always know you and serve you in the most honoring way possible. As you direct, we will fill out your charitable solicitations registration today so that you will have the confidence that you are protecting what God has given you to lead.
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It has been a real privilege to work with you all. I'm sure there will be more, as I really appreciate all you have done, it's been great!
It was a Godsend that I got in touch with Stephen. After I had messed up things for myself Stephen was really helpful in giving me some really neat ideas on how to move forward and be a blessing to others. He has been there for me as God has helped me work myself out of a really low point in my life.
Thank you for moving forward with our service so quickly. Our church is so grateful to StartCHURCH for all your hardwork. Your service is so efficient and professional.
Thank You! On behalf of everybody at First Church Hollister, you have all been a pleasure to work with. We are a customer for life and look forward to your continued support especially in the area of compliance. May God Bless all that you set your hands to.
I was frustrated knowing that God called me to be a Pastor, but I had so many fears. One night while I was laying down concerned about what I should do I heard a voice tell me to go to the Internet and I found your website. We now have 3 churches and our church is growing little by little. StartCHURCH has enabled us to live out God's calling on our lives. I thank God for StartCHURCH. We pray every morning for StartCHURCH and your staff.
Thank you so much! This is a great milestone for the church and we truly believe God intervened on our behalf for not settling as a ministry, but pressing forward to be declared a church.We greatly appreciate your assistance and guidance throughout the process, but most important your prayers of agreement with ours for the plan of God to unfold as He has designed it. Thank you Shelly for working with us in the beginning stages of this process. Raul,also want to thank you. This is yet another example of the fruit which came forth from the faithfulness of your labor. We thank God that you and your lovely wife, Genel, heard and obeyed God allowing Him to work out all things for your good as you loved God and were called according to His purpose.
Thanks to all you guys and what you do to help churches get going on the right track. Blessing on you!