Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Association, benefit corporation, foundation, cooperative, corporation, limited liability company, trust, endowment, society, other(s): political organizations
Five main social issues addressed by these organizations: Higher education, primary and high school education, health and medical research, basic needs, youth and family
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: Not specified in law. Registration is a state function.
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: US$0-$125 (varying by state)
There is no standard fee. Generally, registration is inexpensive, though costs vary by state. Obtaining tax exemption is more costly and may require legal assistance, and may also take several months. Organizations may also have to receive approval for fundraising in states, though this would be inexpensive.
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/federal government, state government
State governments are responsible for incorporation of an organization. The federal government usually grants tax-exemption and tax-deductibility status. However, state governments grant tax-exemption from state taxes, such as sales and property tax, and may have their own rules for granting them.View the full United States country report