Forming a nonprofit can get complicated and risky in a heartbeat because of how many laws and regulations are involved. Then there are the costs to consider, and nonprofit attorneys don’t come cheap in most cases, especially when the nonprofit/mission is complex.
This is where nonprofit filing services can step in and simplify your life.
Below are the 5 best nonprofit filing services we recommend looking into that offer the most value. To keep things simple, each are briefly explained then show two links so you can learn more and see if the service is right for you. Enjoy!
Although each of the NonProfit filing services on this list are reliable and affordable, Swyft Filings stands out because of their pricing. Swyft Filings will form your organization and handle all paperwork for $49, while the other services will change $99 or more.
All you have to do is answer questions about your organization and they will take care of the rest. Another important thing to keep in mind is that on TrustPilot which features over 4,200 customer reviews, Swyft Filings has a rating of 4.6/5.
The reason IncFile is #2 is because of the amount of services they offer your nonprofit (12 in their Silver package before adding anything else). Head to their package pricing page in the link below to begin exploring it all, from the paperwork and filing to consultations, and a handsome amount of premium ‘add ons’ as well.
Also, keep in mind the prices listed above are prices of just the packages alone. Their state fee is $80, and the good mailing options are $25 unless you opt for their Platinum package. Just a couple quick FYIs.
In terms of popularity, LegalZoom is absolutely second on our list. They’ve got thousands of reviews on their nonprofit services page, and have put together a great set of packages that can help in a large variety of ways, although don’t forget LegalZoom isn’t a law firm!
CorpNet’s amazing, and they’ve got tons of great reviews online, but we’re not going to promise you’ll like their price packaging. It can be a little confusing to be honest, with lots of optional services for $100 or less. In part that’s nice though because this way you can get what you need instead of pre-packaged options where you may not need everything – like a Master Business Application, or 24-hour document prep.
And, once again we must remind you to add at least about $60 to the basic prices above to account for the state filing fee (only $30), along with shipping and handling.
BizFilings also makes it possible to customize your nonprofit services rather than force you into packages, and they’re very transparent in terms of their pricing for each component, whether we’re talking about the nonprofit kit, business license package, or filing the state tax ID form.
Now, here’s the thing that really makes them competitive along with their free coupons – they offer Web Services! These include a GoDaddy (hosting) account, with the website builder, domain, and email. How cool is that? Great for the bootstrapping new nonprofit.
If you know exactly what kind of, and how much, help you need then any of these nonprofit filing service providers can help make the process much quicker and more convenient.
In general, their processes have been engineered for complete beginners so they’re user-friendly and easy to navigate (if you already know your basic information like name, address, purpose, etc.)
While these providers aren’t law firms, they do provide tons of instructional/educational material, blank forms and basic templates, along with customer support staff who you can contact in a variety of ways.
Because these are the ‘cream of the crop’ in this industry, they’re typically where the innovation and new services are coming from – they’re still growing and expanding.
Most of the providers on our list have tons of optional upgraded services that you can choose to leverage or not, vs. getting stuck into a specific package.
If you don’t know what you need, and you have absolutely no official legal help or assistance, there’s a ton of pitfalls that can occur that these providers may or may not be able to help with. Nonprofits can get complex fast, and again, these companies aren’t specialized nonprofit law firms.
Are these providers convenient? In most cases, yes, but it’s possible you may find out what you needed to do was so simple you could have done it yourself for a fraction of the price and in a fraction of the time.
One of the biggest complaints from the portion of people who’ve used these services is that they ended up taking way longer than expected, and this can happen for a large variety of unforeseen reasons.
Listen, please, don’t rush in. The very best thing you can do before working with any of these providers is to get a clear and concise understanding of what you need to give your nonprofit a good founding and first year making a difference.
They all have plenty to offer, but they aren’t a silver bullet. Do they make sense when you don’t really know what you’re doing and don’t have access to legal help? Sure, to a degree, but because of how much complexity can be involved with nonprofits, maybe not…
If you’re ready to get started, Swyft Filings stands tall as our favorite due to the value they offer and the fact that you’ll save $50 through their services.