Start a nonprofit in the Washington DC Area.

Start a nonprofit in the Washington DC area today with the help of the nonprofit lawyers at Charitable Allies.

We’ve helped hundreds of 501c3 (and 501c4s, etc.) get started in 49 states.

Whether you’re looking to start a church in Virginia or an animal shelter in Maryland, we’re here to take care of the legal paperwork so you can focus on your cause.

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All nonprofit startup packages include:

  • Articles of incorporation in your state (Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia)
  • EIN
  • Filing for tax exemption, including for 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(7), etc.
  • Bylaws
  • Organizational Actions to help you run your 1st Board meeting
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • All documentation needed for IRS filing
  • Nonprofit operations guide to get you started running your nonprofit legally
  • Subscription to free monthly content via email from our attorneys about running a thriving nonprofit
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Start your nonprofit in 3 easy steps

Prepare your information. We have an article that walks you through the things you’ll need to get your Washington DC nonprofit started, including a name, mission, and board members. Whether you’re looking to start a church, youth-serving organization, animal shelter, or other kind of nonprofit, our compassionate nonprofit lawyers can help you get started. We help with filing articles of incorporation in DC, Virginia or Maryland, filing for IRS tax exemption (Form 1023 or Form 1023-EZ), filing for an EIN and creating the corporate documents you need to get started on the right foot like bylaws.

Request a consultation with a member of our team. We reply to all requests within 1 business day. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team will talk you through what to expect during the process and learn more about your mission. After the call, we’ll send you an engagement letter and a link to pay your retainer payment. When you sign the letter and pay the retainer, we’ll be able to get started.

Let us take care of the rest! As a nonprofit ourselves, we understand the legal process and requirements for tax exempt organizations, whether you start a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(4) organization. We think it shouldn’t be hard to start a nonprofit that makes a difference. Our attorneys have helped over 400 charities get started legally. We take care of the legal paperwork so you can focus on changing the world.

Want to protect your role as the founder of the nonprofit?


Ask about our founding director add on! Our attorneys are happy to help you protect your legacy as the founder of your nonprofit with this add-on service. While nonprofit organizations don’t have “owners” like a for-profit business, as the person who started the nonprofit, we can help you protect your role.
We’ve helped nonprofit leaders around the country start thriving nonprofits that make an impact. Whether you’re looking to start a 501c3 animal shelter or a 501c6 social club, we are here to help.
“Like many volunteer-run charitable organizations, we struggled with the process of establishing a 501c3. Our board members tried to work through the paperwork for the filing ourselves, but the legalese and complicated processes were overwhelming. The process was frustrating and time-consuming. Then I reached out to Charitable Allies and they have been a Godsend. Attorney Robert Miller walked me through the process and requirements for registering a public charity organization as a tax-exempt organization with the IRS in a way that met our needs. Working with them has been a huge relief.”

Karen McLaughlin | President | Hannah Storm Randolph Memorial Fund

Request a consultation to get started.